“I’ll share what I learned from you and offer customized recommendations for what treatment plan will benefit you most”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I completed my pre-doctoral internship at North Central Bronx and I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. During my training, I completed clinical externships at the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic at Columbia University Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, and Bronx Psychiatric Center. Furthermore, I have a Master of Arts in developmental psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University. I have also completed a two-year international fellowship at the Personality Disorders Institute at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. Lastly, I earned my Bachelor of Science in clinical psychology from Ibero-American University in Mexico City, Mexico. It was there that I gained experience working with diverse populations in psychiatric hospitals, high-security prisons, medical hospitals, and schools.
What should someone know about working with you?
By considering therapy, you’ve already taken the first step (which is often the hardest!). Next, you’ll schedule a consultation, which will take place over one or more sessions. During the consultation, I’ll ask you some questions about what’s been going on and what brought you to work with me. I’ll conduct a thorough assessment, which helps to determine the direction for your personalized treatment. After the consultation, I’ll share what I learned from you and offer customized recommendations for what treatment plan will benefit you most. With your input, I’ll tailor this plan to fit your unique personality and needs. No matter what that plan looks like, you can expect compassionate and evidence-based support to treat the underlying cause of your stress and help you feel like yourself again!
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Born and raised in Mexico and having lived in the United States for several years, I have undergone my own personal experience with immigration. I have also written a manuscript for general mental health clinicians in the United States (Mexican Heritage Psychotherapy: Toward a Sociocultural Framework for Clinical Practice). This focuses on key dimensions to sensitize healthcare practitioners to Mexican and Mexican-American culture when treating clients.
“No matter what that plan looks like, you can expect compassionate and evidence-based support to treat the underlying cause of your stress and help you feel like yourself again!”