“As a Hispanic woman of color, I am conscious of the roles culture, race, and socioeconomic status might play in the therapeutic process—and I make sure to apply a cultural and social lens in my work with clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like until I volunteered at an inpatient psychiatric unit in college. It was then that I had the opportunity to interact with social workers for the first time, and learn about individual therapy, group therapy, and art therapy. I’ve been practicing for eight years and have specialized training in CBT, ACT, EMDR, REBT, and mindfulness techniques. I enjoy utilizing an eclectic approach to create a treatment plan tailored to each individual. As a Hispanic woman of color, I am conscious of the roles culture, race, and socioeconomic status might play in the therapeutic process—and I make sure to apply a cultural and social lens in my work with clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize the initial session to explore the different domains of your life that make up who you are. At the end of our first session, we will discuss your goals for treatment and what the path to getting there might look like. I believe through work and challenges, change is not only possible, but also sustainable. I offer compassionate feedback, empathetic listening, and challenges to the distorted perceptions we carry with us throughout life. I offer a safe space to unpack heavy baggage and hopefully get you feeling a bit lighter every time. When working with clients, I use gentle humor, compassion, and collaboration. I am committed to diligently maintaining my own learning to ensure I am always supporting you as best I can.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is key! As a therapist, I love bringing in a client's support network, including any other medical providers my client may be seeing. When I work with a client, I see the “whole” person through a holistic lens. The mind-body connection is incredibly important, and working as a team with other providers is absolutely necessary to get a full understanding of the impacts the mind and body might be having on each other.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Trying something new can be scary! Change can be scary! But this is all normal. Finding the right therapist can be a daunting task, even though it’s worth it for the rewards. The therapeutic relationship is unlike any other relationship—it’s a safe space, an accepting space, and a space to be your true, authentic self.
How is teletherapy different from in-person sessions?
The differences are huge, but in a wonderful way! Teletherapy has made access to mental health services easier than ever before. You can see your therapist from your phone and from anywhere—including the comfort and privacy of your own home. Gone are the days of budgeting time to commute. You receive the same treatment you would receive in person, but you have the added convenience of doing it at a place and time that work best for you.
“I offer a safe space to unpack heavy baggage and hopefully get you feeling a bit lighter every time.”