Ana Nogales, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, founder of Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc., and Casa de la Familia, which she established in the year 1996 for victims of trauma. She oversees a clinical staff of about thirty bicultural-bilingual mental health professionals and an outreach program for domestic violence and sexual assault delivering services in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Dr. Nogales is President of the Association for Latino Mental Health Awareness (ALMHA) in Los Angeles & Orange County, which is a community coalition of mental health providers, including hospitals, clinics, private and non-profit organizations.  She is on the Board of Directors of Las Comadres para las Americas, an international Latina women’s networking organization.

She presently hosts her own morning daily radio show at 6.90am. Featured regularly in the media, she has hosted her daily talk shows "Aqui entre Nos" aired at 8.30 am La Voz, with the highest ratings of the station, and on Channel 22 KWHY Los Angeles. Dr. Nogales also wrote a weekly column for La Opinion (Los Angeles) for seventeen years and continues to write for mainstream periodicals and blogs, including PsychologyToday.com. She wrote a clinical training: Human Trafficking: A Clinical Approach to Treatment of Victims of Sexual Slavery. In 2011, she launched her online magazine on health, psychology, and lifestyle: Doctora Ana, Salud Psicología y Vida as another outlet to provide information and resources for the community.

Dr. Nogales¹ professional career is anchored by her commitment to combat violence, especially violence against women and children. She uses many avenues of communication including the media and is an award winning author, playwright, songwriter, and currently working on a script for a movie about human trafficking. The author of four books, Dr. Nogales¹ newest release is Latina Power: Using Your 7 Strengths to Say No to Abusive Relationships (a Latina Power Workbook) which provides practical information and resources for women facing domestic violence and was awarded First Place at the 2011 Latino Literacy Now International Book Awards. Dr. Nogales’ innovative curriculum for adolescents LaTEENa Power! 7 Inner Strengths for Creating Success is offered for schools and community groups throughout the country. Her previous books include First Place award winning Parents Who Cheat: How Children and Adults Are Affected When Their Parents Are Unfaithful (HCI Books.); Latina Power! Using the 7 Strengths You Already Have to Create the Success You Deserve (Simon & Schuster); and Dr. Ana Nogales' Book of Love, Sex and Relationships: A Guide for Latino Couples (Broadway Books).

An accomplished playwright, Dr. Nogales¹ most recent play, Don¹t Call Me Baby! deals with the explosive issue of human trafficking. Her previous play, De Sabios y Locos, helped raise awareness of mental health issues within the Latino community.

She has been a featured speaker at numerous workshops and conferences throughout the U.S., including the Women, Power and Peace Conference at the Omega Institute and the Women¹s Foundation, as well as at conferences in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Buenos Aires. She is a speaker/consultant for several universities throughout the United States, such as Northwestern University, USC, University of Albuquerque, Shirley Fearon Training Institute, Omega Institute, UCI, Vanguard University, Southern California University, and several others.

Dr. Nogales was a contributor for the FBI Child Exploitation/Pornography Working Group, contributor for the Diversity Working Group Victims of Crime in Washington, D.C., and an Instructor for the National Victims of Crime Academy. She was also the clinical Director for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Outreach Program, a grant awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, Department of Justice. She was Past President on the Board of Directors of California Women's Commission on Addictions, and past board member at 2-1-1 Orange County, an information and referral organization linking Orange County residents to community health and human services and support, and WTLC a shelter for women and children. Her life and accomplishments were featured in the exhibit Latinas: The Spirit of California at the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts, in Sacramento.

Awards

Biography

Over the years Dr. Nogales’ insightful and compassionate writings, appearances, organizational leadership, and psychological counseling have awarded her numerous awards and commendations. 

  • 2016 Congressional Recognition by Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano "INSPIRE - A Young Women's Leadership Day"
  • ​2014 "Safe Schools and Support Services" Award by Orange County Department of Education
  • 2014 "Making Waves in the Community" Award by Pacific Clinics Asian Pacific Family Center Prevention Team &  Garvey School District
  • 2013 Community Recognition Award by Century High School
  • 2012 Second Forum Against Domestic Violence by Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles
  • 2011 Community Commitment and Excellence Award by HOPE and Latino Caucus, presented by Farmers Insurance. 
  • 2011 Nonprofit of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2010 Ambassador of Peace by Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County
  • 2010 Action Recognition Award by Sierra Tucson
  • 2009 Heritage Humanitarian Award by United States International Mission and One Million Kids
  • 2009 Amazing Woman of the Year by National Association of Women Business Owners, Inland Empire Chapter
  • 2007 Latina Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the National Latina Business Women Association, Orange County  
  • 2006 Humanitarian Award by SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL and SGI-USA 
  • 2006 Commendation for Outstanding Service to Crime Victims, Los Angeles District Attorney, Steve Cooley. 
  • 2005 For Outstanding Service to the People of the County of Los Angeles
  • 2005 Remarkable Women Award, National Association of Business Women.  
  • 2004 Paloma Award from Future Leaders of America for “Inspirational Leadership in Serving the Community”
  • 2004 Mentorship Award Laureate from Dialogue on Diversity for "Career Contributions, through Writing, Teaching, and Counseling."
  • 1994 Commendation for “AQUI ENTRE NOS" radio show by L.A. County Board of Supervisors

Dr. Ana Nogales