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Welcome back, first gens! This week, we welcome a new guest to The First Gen Madrina podcast, Priscilla Gutierrez, as we continue to discuss Mental Health as a First Gen!

Priscilla, a certified trauma recovery coach and mental health advocate, shares with us her journey of resilience and self-discovery. Her story highlights the triumphs and challenges that many first-gens face, from navigating cultural stigmas to confronting intergenerational trauma. While her parents were accepting of therapy and encouraged her to get connected, there was also this idea that mental health challenges were often just ignored within her larger family.

Priscilla Maria Gutierrez

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During this episode, Priscilla shares with us her experience of joining a wilderness program, a therapeutic intervention aimed at addressing underlying traumas. This immersive experience forced her to confront painful truths but also provided a platform for healing. Unfortunately, this was not an easy process for her, which she dives into during the podcast. However, once she was getting back into the “real world,” Priscilla found herself grappling with unresolved challenges and the difficulty of transitioning back to daily, normal life. Throughout her journey, Priscilla stresses the importance of finding culturally relevant therapy as well as finding the right support system. She highlights the necessity of autonomy in one’s mental health journey, emphasizing the need to advocate for oneself and prioritize our well-being.

As a first-gen, Priscilla also sheds light on the unique pressures and expectations placed upon her by her family and society.  Priscilla’s journey of discovering herself and in the process understanding her own mental health shows us how resilient and strong first gens truly are. By sharing her experiences openly and authentically, she paves the way for others to acknowledge their own struggles and seek support without shame or judgment. Navigating the complex terrain of mental health as a first gen requires courage, self-awareness, and a willingness to challenge societal norms. Priscilla’s journey reminds us that healing is possible through vulnerability, self-compassion, and community support. For more information on how to work with Priscilla, visit

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If you are a University, College, Company or Organization, The First Gen Madrina offers workshops on a variety of topics (such as imposter syndrome, time management, managing burnout, building a self-care plan, etc..), custom built mentorship programs as well as customized services tailored to the needs of the client.

Join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for individual coaching and/or group coaching. The journey can often feel lonely but that does not mean that you are alone! Check out the Our Services tab on our website for more information!

In order to follow along, remember to rate, review, and subscribe to The First Gen Madrina Podcast to stay connected. Also, follow on instagram and LinkedIn @thefirstgenmadrina and Sara Diaz, LCSW. Sara acknowledges that the term first gen can be fluid, so The First Gen Madrina is committed to supporting all first gens! This isn’t just about breaking barriers—it’s about providing unwavering support that propels individuals to embrace life’s challenges and triumphs.

In conclusion, stay tuned to meet amazing first-generation guests for the podcast, endless topics related to the first-gen experience and transformational coaching! Sara is your go to Madrina for all things first gen!

¡Hasta pronto!

Sara, The First Gen Madrina