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About Deniss

Mental Health Advocate

Deniss Pleiner, M.A. is a Mexican Immigrant, licensed therapist, and mental health advocate.


Deniss arrived in the U.S. on July 4th 1997 and grew up in Pasadena, CA. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016. Ever since, she has had privilege of supporting the mental health of BIPOC individuals throughout the state of California.

She is also the Founder and Clinical Director of TOC Therapy,  a group practice for driven first generation professionals  throughout California. 


She works in partnership with educational and professional organizations to curate mental health workshops for their members. Her experience and work in BIPOC Mental health have resulted in invitations from various professional, educational, and community organizations including: Pepperdine, UCLA, CalTech, Act Blue, Prospanica, NSPA, and more. She has also been featured in various podcasts including CNN Radio's Diversifying, and Werk Stories.


Inside and outside the therapy room, she covers mental health aspects that take into account intersectionality within the mental health space. She is on a mission to support individuals make better-informed decisions about their mental health through demystifying and destigmatizing mental health treatment. 


Managing & Preventing Burnout

Deconstructing Impostor Syndrome for BIPOC Professionals

Identifying & Managing Financial Trauma as a BIPOC

BIPOC & BIWOC Mental Wellness

Previous Partnerships

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Client Testimonials

Practical, memorable and straightforward recommendations. Loved her calm yet compelling presentation style

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