“I specialize in trauma and PTSD as well as depression and anxiety disorders.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychotherapy is my first and only career. I chose this profession because I feel rewarded when I can help my clients change unhealthy ways of thinking and unhealthy behaviors and improve their emotional/behavioral functioning. I worked with the underserved Hispanic community at an outpatient mental health clinic in Brooklyn for four years. I had a caseload of 50 clients of all ages and experiencing all kinds of disorders. Most of my clients had experienced some kind of major trauma, sexual abuse, or domestic violence and had PTSD symptoms and/or were suffering from depressive and anxiety symptoms. I have been working in private practice settings for the past two years with young professionals who are suffering from anxiety or depression and/or are experiencing relationship issues or career-related problems. I am certified in CBT and I’m currently in training to become a hypnotherapist. I take a holistic approach where I also address individual's nutritional habits and sleep hygiene.
What should someone know about working with you?
I specialize in trauma and PTSD as well as depression and anxiety disorders. I utilize a combination of psychodynamic, CBT, and solution-focused modalities in treating my clients. I do assign homework (e.g., CBT worksheets or setting small goals). I am culturally sensitive and I like working with clients from different cultural backgrounds. I also have extensive experience and like working with the LGBTQ population. When I first start working with a client, my primary goal is to make them feel safe and build a strong therapeutic alliance with them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently enrolled in a six-month program and I am training to become a hypnotherapist. I also like to read a lot in order to learn more and to expand my knowledge of effective mental health practices.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I utilize a psychodynamic approach because I believe that individuals are shaped by their early childhood and adolescent experiences. If an individual experiences trauma at a young age and the trauma is not addressed, it could come back in the form of anxiety and depression at a later stage in life. I utilize solution-focused therapy because I have a kind but firm approach toward helping my clients overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. I utilize CBT techniques to help my clients change their negative thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviors. I like assigning homework in order to encourage clients and teach them how to implement small steps toward reaching their ultimate goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth! I worked with the underserved Hispanic community for several years. Sometimes, they were too sick, too old, or didn't have the money to pay for transportation to get to the clinic for their therapy sessions. I feel that telehealth makes these services more readily available to everyone.
“I utilize a combination of psychodynamic, CBT, and solution-focused modalities in treating my clients.”