Patricia Rojaz-Zambrano, Associate Professor in the MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology at CIIS Patricia Rojas-Zambrano

Associate Professor
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health (SPPH)
Somatic Psychology

EdD, University of San Francisco (Expected 2023)

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
BS, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

Patricia Rojas-Zambrano is a psychotherapist, activist, artist, and educator. She completed a B.S in Psychology at Universidad de Los Andes in her native Colombia where she worked in community-based programs. Upon relocating to the US to complete graduate studies at CIIS (EXA, 02), she focused her practice towards community mental health settings that serve immigrant and refugee communities. In her clinical practice she has specialized in the treatment of trauma using both Expressive arts and somatic approaches including focusing, movement-based, and mindfulness approaches such as Hakomi. She is the co-founder and Director of Wellness in Action at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, a community-based training program for unserved and underserved communities and mental health practitioners of color. Ancestral knowledge, relational wisdom and embodied practices are central to this work. Her passion for education inspired her to pursue doctoral studies in Multicultural and International Education with a special emphasis on decolonizing methodologies and critical pedagogy, which is currently underway at the University of San Fransisco. 

Patricia is also a book artist and painter. Her explorations in this field began with her love of books and her desire to process her every day life through the arts. She has been dancing and swimming from a young age, and loves urban walks around her Berkeley neighborhoods.

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