“My style uses evidence-based practices with a holistic approach and a human touch.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist has been shaped by my natural curiosity about human nature and behavior; I love learning what fuels our ability to change. Learning how our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are interconnected creates space for us to better understand the relationship to ourselves, others, and the world around us. I work with individuals of various cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and spiritual beliefs, each with unique experiences and backgrounds. I have found that most of my clients have a common desire to feel seen, to understand what makes change possible, and often, to heal. This understanding has led me to complete specialized training in mindfulness practices to enhance my skills as a therapist, as we cannot foster in others what we don't see in ourselves. Incorporating a mindfulness practice helps promote wellbeing in my clients by nurturing self-compassion, self-awareness, resilience, and hopefulness.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love working with clients who are open and curious. My style uses evidence-based practices with a holistic approach and a human touch. During our initial appointment, we will review your intake documents, talk about what brings you to therapy, and identify your goals. At the start of our work, we will focus on building trust and establishing rapport. Depending on your goals, I may at times ask you to reflect on a particular question, statement, or thought in between sessions to help explore underlying beliefs or thoughts that may be self-limiting or challenging to your progress. I am here to support you in the therapeutic experience and co-partner with you in achieving your goals. We will acknowledge all progress big and small by naming accomplishments and understanding how to make them sustainable. The treatment plan will be our guide and we will refer back to it as often as needed, including to revise it, update it, and use it to ensure that we are working toward the outcomes you desire.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As an immigrant, bilingual Spanish-speaking, and Afro-Latina therapist who was born and raised in Central America, I am uniquely sensitive to the ways in which mental health issues can go unaddressed due to cultural beliefs, secrecy, shame, or lack of understanding and education. My goal is to treat mental health as an essential part of wellness and normalize the process, especially in communities where historically this has not been the case.
“My goal is to treat mental health as an essential part of wellness and normalize the process, especially in communities where historically this has not been the case.”