“How can I help you suffer less and live more fully?”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be in the helping field. Choosing social work as a profession did not come as a surprise to anyone who knew me. I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology which solidified my interest in human behavior and the human mind. I then continued my education to obtain a Masters Degree in Social Work due to the various roles available for social workers to make a true impact. I have experience in many different areas of social work, including evidence-based programs, early intervention programs, day treatments, psychiatric facilities, and hospital settings. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. As a first-generation Latina, I have grown a unique passion and understanding of the immigrant experience and dedicated several years to working in underprivileged areas in New York City, helping families navigate through the multicultural issues they experience. Despite having over a decade of experience in the field, I continue to frequent conferences, trainings, and seminars to continue strengthening my skills to best assist my clients reach their goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a dedicated provider who takes pride in her ability to help clients live fuller and happier lives, I continue to strengthen my existing skills and work on building new ones. I do this by not only remaining active within my professional community but also by researching and continuing to train on different therapeutic models, interventions, human behaviors and experiences. I even participate in trainings intended for other helping professions, such as applied behavior analysts and psychiatrists, because the more I know, the more I can help.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
A core value that shapes my approach to therapy is that every person has the right to claim their own experience. It does not matter how many people have gone through what you have, YOU are the owner of your experience. I want you to share your story when you are ready, and I will be there if and when you decide to rewrite the next chapters. Along the way, I will use a holistic framework that focuses on the interconnectedness of mind and body using a combination of interventions.
What if I am new to therapy and do not understand how it can help me?
Great, you have taken the first step by finding your way here. Take the next step and schedule a session with me. I will help you understand how you can use the therapy process to help you reach your own goals. In doing so, I will ask you, "How do you want your life to be different?" and "How can I help you suffer less and live more fully?".
What if I have already been to different therapists and have not found it helpful?
I want to hear more about those experiences. It's time to collaborate and plan to make this experience different and one that you feel you can benefit from.
“A core value that shapes my approach to therapy is that every person has the right to claim their own experience.”