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 recently hosted her own morning daily radio show at W RADIO 690AM. Featured regularly in the media, she has hosted her daily talk shows "Aqui Entre Nos" (Just Between Us) which aired mornings at 8:30 am on 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. Dr. Nogales has written 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. Nogales' 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. Nogales' 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. Nogales' 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.
Over the years Dr. Nogales’ insightful and compassionate writings, appearances, organizational leadership, and psychological counseling have awarded her numerous awards and commendations.