“I have become equipped with various interventions that can be tailored to help people and address their unique needs in a comforting and accepting manner.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career path to becoming a therapist was an event that occurred long before I knew it existed. As a child, I was described as empathic, caring, and helpful. My upbringing taught me to understand the various stressors that can occur in one's life. As time continued, I began my college education in the study of psychology, which later led me to the field of social work. My passion for working with people was something that was consistent throughout my development. I wanted to be able to master effective tools and techniques to help individuals establish mental stability. I have worked in various locations in the South Bronx where I have acquired knowledge in helping people develop skills to address the effects of poverty, violence, loss, and racism. My experience has shaped my practice today in significant ways. I have become equipped with various interventions that can be tailored to help people and address their unique needs in a comforting and accepting manner.
What should someone know about working with you?
My process in working with individuals and families follows the person-centered approach. I will begin the session by identifying the current concerns and your expectations in treatment. Next, we will discuss important early life experiences and current situations that can provide insight into the problem. Then, we will work together to identify your maladaptive behaviors or cognitive processing in order to develop customized techniques to address your needs. I enjoy working with all people from various walks of life; however, I mainly specialize in working with clients from late childhood to middle adulthood.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The pandemic year of 2020 greatly impacted people across the world; we experienced loneliness, anxiety, depression, and anger. The world was undergoing a mental health crisis where we were prisoners in our own homes. Then, boom! Telehealth! I was ecstatic when telehealth was approved in New York. Telehealth was very beneficial to the clients I treated in a local community mental health clinic. I believe telehealth saved many lives during a time when the topic of death was broadcast in every media outlet. I found it very rewarding to provide emotional support to my clients who were in need and recognized how they were able to improve their emotional awareness during a tumultuous time. I am interested in reading research on how telehealth has impacted the therapist-client relationship. I noticed enhanced rapport and boundaries, which played a major role in the therapeutic environment.
“I enjoy working with all people from various walks of life; however, I mainly specialize in working with clients from late childhood to middle adulthood.”