“I like to say I take a humanistic and integrative or holistic approach to my practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey in psychotherapy began with my deep curiosity about human behavior, thoughts, and interpersonal relationships. I loved observing others and how they respond to the world around them. Due to my concern for the wellbeing of others, I’ve always known I wanted to help people and psychotherapy was my first career choice. I’ve worked in drug rehabilitation centers, in private practice remotely, in EAP services, in high school settings, with the Hispanic community, and with those with persistent psychotic disorders. All have required unique skills, increasing my knowledge and understanding in this field and bringing about challenges that I've enjoyed facing. My extensive and invaluable background has shaped my practice today and allows me to reach a wide population through my work.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to say I take a humanistic and integrative or holistic approach to my practice. My clients are the only ones who can bring about change in their own lives and I am merely a guide in their journey. Getting to know them and the things that have brought them to this point is highly important during the intake process. As sessions progress, the client’s participation and involvement in their therapeutic process and outside of the therapeutic environment is highly valued. Through occasional homework and suggested assignments, they can build their tool kit and autonomy and find the independence and empowerment they need to be able to eventually face challenges on their own.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being an immigrant in this country and considering myself Hispanic, I understand the implications and impact culture has on a person. Growing up in a household where I was taught different cultural values than those around me helped shape my worldview and made me uber-sensitive to others with similar experiences. In my private practice, this translates to no one being assigned a value based on their culture while ensuring that I am integrating their own morals and values into the work we do together.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Since the pandemic, all of my work has been via telehealth. The potential that telehealth provides excites me because of the expanded reach due to its accessibility. We as therapists are seeing more and more clients who would otherwise shy away from therapy due to lack of time or feeling too intimidated to walk into an office to meet a stranger. Being able to receive the help you need from the comfort of your own home is nonpareil. To see therapy evolving with time and technology, I am enthusiastic about the future of telehealth and what it will mean for coming generations.
“My clients are the only ones who can bring about change in their own lives and I am merely a guide in their journey.”