My Credentials

Discover My Path to Helping You

"I know how to help, and I have the experience. I speak your language, and I have been there."

– Dr. Elena Herrera, PsyD


Thank you for taking a moment to explore my journey and qualifications. I understand how crucial it is to feel confident in the education, experience, and therapeutic approach of the person you choose to entrust with your journey toward healing and growth.

Below, you’ll find a snapshot of my professional path and the philosophies that guide my practice. There are also podcast appearances where you can hear my voice and my approach to therapy.

I hope that this information helps you feel more connected and assured as we embark on this journey together.

All my best,


and Experience

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Pepperdine University (APA Accredited program), 2006
Licensed in California, 2009 and Oregon, 2023
Advanced training (Externship and Core Skills) in Emotion Focused Therapy certified by International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), with ongoing consultation and training by EFT certified supervisors

Previous roles:
Staff psychologist at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Assistant Clinic Director and Assistant Clinical Professor at Palo Alto University, Adjunct Faculty at Argosy University


My Approach

Emotionally Focused Therapy, or EFT as it's often called, is a special approach I use to help couples and individuals navigate through their emotional landscapes with greater understanding and compassion. Imagine walking into a garden of emotions; EFT is like having a guide beside you, helping to illuminate the path, showing you which areas need nurturing, and which parts are thriving.

At its heart, EFT focuses on strengthening the bonds we share with those closest to us, turning conflict into connection, and distress into comfort. It's about diving deep into our emotions, understanding their roots, and using this insight to build stronger, more secure relationships. Whether you're facing challenges in your relationship or struggling with personal issues, EFT offers a warm, supportive space to explore your feelings, understand their impact, and move towards healing and growth together.

My Podcast Appearances

Let's see if I'm right for you

Give me a call to see if I'm the right one to help you through what you're feeling right now. We can then schedule a video call or a visit to my office.

Call me at (408) 290-1555 or fill out the form below.

All my best,


My Office is Located at

1040 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125