The practice of Dr. Menendez benefits from an abundance of specialized training and experience. As a psychoanalyst, she met the stringent requirements of the American Psychoanalytic Association, which included extensive weekly supervision, personal psychoanalysis, and years of experience treating patients four to five times per week. In addition, she holds a doctorate in clinical psychology.
Her patients have sought therapy for a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, addictions, and severe trauma. Dr. Menendez, as a psychotherapist, recognizes that each individual is unique but that certain demographic groups may contend with similar issues. She has years of experience and specialized training in working with depression, anxiety, interpersonal issues, loss and bereavement, chronic illness, trauma and abuse, addictions, seniors, adolescents, LGBT+, queer and questioning population.
Dr. Menendez completed her postdoctoral training at Citrus Health Network's inpatient adolescent male unit in Miami, Florida. There, she provided care for males aged 10 to 17 who had experienced severe neglect, trauma, and substance addiction. After concluding her postdoctoral training, Dr. Menendez continued to provide mental health services to the homeless population of Miami and Miami Beach through the KIVA program. She was also the college mental health counselor at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.
In her private practice in San Francisco, Dr. Menendez has obtained expertise in treating patients aged 20 to 75 with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, addictions, loss, social phobia, risky behaviors, impulsivity, and acculturation issues. She administered psychotherapy to couples and individuals.
Additionally, Dr. Menendez worked at the San Francisco Access Institute Psychoanalytic Geropsychology Program. She specialized in assisting elderly Latine and Blacks with end-of-life concerns, chronic illness, dementia, hallucinations, delirium, caregiver fatigue, mood disorders, and anxiety.
She received training at the Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco to work with women experiencing emotional issues related to their reproductive health, including those who had recently undergone an abortion, received a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease, or experienced crisis intervention or sexual assault.
Dr. Menendez gained additional experience and training at the Access Institute for Psychological Services, where she worked with individuals and couples experiencing a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, addictions, suicidality, loss of a loved one, infidelity, social phobia and other specific phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors, eating disorders, sexual orientation, and gender identity issues.
She also trained at the Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco, where she worked with patients who have terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, Huntington's chorea, traumatic brain injury, and stroke.
Dr. Menendez gained experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals and couples during her time at San Francisco's New Leaf Clinical Services, where she served the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities in the Bay Area. She assisted those struggling with the process of coming out, alcohol and substance dependencies, self-harm behaviors, disordered diets, impulsivity, prejudice, self-esteem issues, and relationship difficulties. In addition, she was formally trained to provide psychotherapy to transgender clients. At San Francisco's New Leaf Clinical Services, Dr. Menendez acquired an appreciation for the unique experiences and obstacles faced by the LGBTQ+ community. This included knowledge of sexual orientation, gender identity, and the process of coming out. New Leaf was a secure, inclusive, and identity-conscious setting. This included employing inclusive language in all communications. At this location, she provided individual and group therapy.
Dr. Menendez assisted inmates with domestic violence, rape, loss, the foster system, child abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, impulsivity, PTSD, severe trauma, and antisocial behavior at Youth and Family Services of Solano County in Fairfield, California.
She primarily treated children ages 5 to 10 with bedwetting, anxiety, acute fear, school phobia, selective mutism, parental divorce, and loss of caregiver at Trinity Counseling and Training Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.