Connie Flores-Takayama, Psy.D.
Northern California Representative
Dr. Connie Flores-Takayama began studying psychology in Nayarit Mexico in 1994. She graduated with two masters in clinical and educational psychology from a private university. During her studies in Mexico she worked at the Nayarit State Penitentiary and social services department, and had a private practice incorporating psychological and alternative therapies. Following a lumbar spinal surgery she returned to California and began working in physical therapy while continuing her studies in psychology. After realizing that her studies from Mexico would not be counted in the California educational system she started from scratch and received her Associates Degree from Chabot College in Hayward graduating magna cum laude. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University Hayward graduating summa cum laude. During her undergraduate studies she worked primarily with children with special needs and facilitated trainings for the Spanish-speaking community on behavioral issues. In 2007 she graduated with a doctorate in Clinical Health psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.
Dr. Flores-Takayama has taught yoga for over 12 years and has spent much of her career incorporating holistic approaches for well-being. She has a private practice in Pleasanton California primarily working with Spanish-speaking immigrants and victims of trauma. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose working on the Traumatic Brain Injury and the Spinal Cord Injury inpatient units. In 2008 she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos working with chronic pain patients. Her areas of interest include pain management among the Latino population and incorporating wellness and prevention in healthcare.