“I pursued therapy to help close that gap and normalize taking care of ourselves when we need to.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist after entering the non-profit/social work field. I would help clients with their basic needs and referrals but it was not enough. I could see that my assistance needed to go deeper so I pursued my master’s. This need was exacerbated when I saw how hard it was to find therapists who understand Latinx culture, the immigrant experience, and our family dynamics. In Latinx culture, discussing our trauma is not something one does openly. This is usually never talked about and are seen as things to push through and ignore. Being able to ask for help can be scary and feel like such a hurdle. I pursued therapy to help close that gap and normalize taking care of ourselves when we need to.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like working with clients who are ready to look inward and heal. I want to encourage an environment where the client is able to be their full self in order to promote introspection and growth. I meet my clients where they are at and use different therapeutic approaches to see what works best for each individual. Therapy is not one-size-fits-all and I use an integrative approach to help my clients start enjoying their lives again.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly trying to learn more and perpetually educate myself on the mind and human behavior. I try to stay up-to-date on new articles and books by leading therapists in the field. My main research interests are complex trauma, personality disorders, and depression. The world we live in is always changing and we, as therapists, have a duty to be as informed as possible. For myself, this includes attending training, reading journals, and pursuing supervision.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that humans are deeply impacted by their upbringing and environment. We are affected by the systems that surround us. These systems sometimes force us to create unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviors in order to survive. But as we grow we might find that these behaviors are harmful and no longer serve us. So we have to take the brave step to break the status quo and choose better for ourselves. The beauty is that all of us are capable of change when we are given the right tools.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love how accessible mental health resources are now. Relevant and helpful advice is everywhere. From podcasts, social media, to new books from credentialed professionals. My patients are becoming more and more educated on their mental wellness and how they can help themselves outside of therapy. This normalization and openness is what society needs in order to crack the stigma seeking help for mental illness faces.
“The beauty is that all of us are capable of change when we are given the right tools.”