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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Speaker Bio

Sonia L Liggins (Lily) is a Mexican American
daughter of immigrant parents from Tijuana,
B.C., Mexico. She grew up in California and
moved to the Midwest 4 years ago.

Lily is a bilingual/bicultural mental health
counselor, trained and experienced in working
with Latino communities, individuals,
and families. She enjoys working with first
generation university students and uses her
practice to advocate for Latinx immigrant

  • Role
    Mental Health Professional, Mental Health Advocate
  • Pronouns
  • Languages
    Hablo Español
  • Gender
  • Speaking Engagements
    Workshop, Panel, Keynote, Support Group
Top 6 Most Requested Speaking Topics
  • Immigrant Mental Health
  • Self Care and Stress management for Latinx communities


Trainings/Workshops Offered

I work with you to create a training/workshop that suits your group's needs.  

Past Talks

2018, Trauma & Resiliency—The Latino Immigrant Experience (in partnership with Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa & The Resiliency & Trauma-Informed Care Symposium)

  • Latinos are the second largest population and the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the U.S. The state of Iowa, is no exception. Latinos are also the largest racial or ethnic minority group, and population growth is expected to double in size by the year 2050. This population growth presents us a unique opportunity to understand key issues and trends related to the Latino and immigrant community. We will explore trauma exposure in pre-migration, during migration, and post-migration experiences, as well as its impact on mental health needs. We will highlight the importance of Latino values in building resilient communities, and address culturally sensitive ways to support Latino individuals and families as helping professionals.

 2019, ¡No estamos solos!- La salud mental y la experiencia del inmigrante (in partnership with the City of Longmont, Colorado & Supporting Action For Mental Health Latinx Action committee)

  • As a Latinx community, I will lead a dialogue on the impact of immigration on mental health. We will identify the challenges faced by many immigrant communities, both at a national and local level and discuss the intangible cost of the American dream, address common barriers to the access of mental health in the Latinx community, understand how to identify mental health struggles in ourselves and in our families, as well as how to access both traditional talk therapy and other culturally sensitive supports.


  • Institution
    Santa Clara University
  • Degree
    M.A., Counseling Psychology
  • Institution
    Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Degree
    B.A., Psychology
  • 432 East Bloomington Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245, United States

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