“I understand healing as a collaborative process where multiple factors come together—and my approach focuses on giving individuals tools and agency to overcome whatever challenges they may find on the way to healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My clinical focus has shifted and morphed along my professional journey. I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees in child psychology in San Sebastian, Spain, with a focus on play therapy. As I grew in my practice, so did the ages of my clients. After completing a postgraduate degree in children and adolescent psychology with a CBT focus, I started working with adolescents and diving into family therapy. My experience shifted once I moved to the US and expanded to working with families and individuals—as well as deepening my work in family dynamics, relationship and attachment issues, and trauma. I have continued my training in CBT and family therapy, which has given me an eclectic approach to therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I understand healing as a collaborative process where multiple factors come together—and my approach focuses on giving individuals tools and agency to overcome whatever challenges they may find on the way to healing. My view of the therapeutic relationship is client-centered. We’ll collaboratively create concrete goals that increase the client’s agency. Initial intake sessions are focused on completing a comprehensive, holistic assessment that incorporates the person’s multiple facets and roles in life.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Working collaboratively as a member of an integrated team has always been a part of my practice, even as a private practice clinician. Over the years, I have connected with clinicians, psychiatrists, movement therapists, and other providers—and I regularly connect with my colleagues through a peer supervision group. I value the community we can build to support ourselves as counselors and to inform and support our work with individuals and families. Currently, I work with practitioners of yoga and core energetics, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and therapists to address my clients’ mental health needs. When necessary, I’ll refer my clients to these providers and we’ll collaborate on treatment plans.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Initially, it might seem daunting to reach out to a therapist and to take that first step—reaching out for help is difficult, and you might feel intimidated by it. However, therapy needs to serve you and only you. My recommendation is to not hesitate in shaping your experience to work best for you—shop around for therapists, collaboratively set goals, and always articulate your needs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Mental health and the therapeutic practice appear to be pivoting away from a somewhat isolated road to an interconnected and interdisciplinary approach full of collaboration and community. Disciplines like social work, philosophy, sociology, economics, and more are giving depth and layers to the multidimensional concept of mental health. In the past, there was a healthy skepticism of certain mental health practices, and they were disregarded for being too “new age.” But now, approaches like psilocybin for depression and anxiety, or movement therapies for trauma work, are front and center.
“Therapy needs to serve you and only you.”