How it all Started
Maria Hess – Founder
In 2012, Maria Hess, Ph.D., MFT, had a vision to create a training program to address the critical need for culturally proficient therapists. Together with Latina co-founders Claudia Cendejas, MS, and Cecilia Perez, MS, LMFT, they began recruiting MFT trainees for their bilingual/bicultural program. Maria Hess spent 33 years in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University and has had a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, advising, and contributing with clinical offerings in the community.
In 2013, HTES became a 501(c)3 nonprofit and counselors began providing services at Santa Rosa City Schools. Today, Humanidad’s training and counseling program has expanded, and is recognized by the Office of Health Equity, CDPH.
Humanidad’s mission is to strengthen the lives of the Latinx community by increasing access and utilization of community mental health resources. We transcend barriers and reduce stigma by providing culturally proficient therapist training, inclusive community education, and bilingual therapy services.
We envision healthy and thriving communities where the stigma associated with mental health does not exist and all have access to quality and compassionate culturally sensitive therapy services.
Compassion – We serve our community with commitment and dedication.
Culture – We respect and honor all cultures.
Integrity – We take great pride in providing high quality services.
Heart-Driven – We do the work because we love the work.
Humanidad’s 3 Core Elements
Therapeutic Services: With emphasis on Latinx community, low income populations. Individual and group counseling, Couple, Individual, parents and teens therapy.
Education and Community Development Services: Lectures, partnership for services, outreach, community engagement.
Research: Humanidad’s goal is to be able to work with educational institutions on research projects that provide a platform for policy making/change and continuous improvement of services.