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Malena Puentes, LMFT
I soundly believe that, if you can change your thought process, you can improve the overall quality of your life.

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Malena Puentes, LMFT


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Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I use an eclectic approach that creates a safe and healing space that is inclusive of the client’s needs. I soundly believe that, if you can change your thoughts, you can change the way that you feel and improve the overall quality of your life.


BA - Psychology, University of California Riverside

BA - Social Relations, University of California Riverside

MS - Marriage, Family, Child, and Couples Therapy, University of California Riverside

License Number and State

CA 40839



Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a health professional because I enjoy helping others. I want to be able to make a difference in a person's life.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy going on hikes and nature walks, golfing, dancing, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

I meditate and do yoga.

What book have you read more than once?

You are the Placebo it is research on neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, and behavioral conditioning to explicate the workings of the placebo effect. There is hope the impossible can become possible for everyone.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

Elizabeth House - it's an organization that shelters homeless pregnant women. This organization rehabilitates pregnant women and their soon-to-be babies, it's a place they can call home while they are in transition to being rehabilitated and on their own.

How do you recharge?

Going to the spa, taking a road trip, or weekend vacation.