“I am a firm believer that psychotherapy is a personal investment and an act of self-love.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
According to my mother, I told her that I wanted to be a psychotherapist when I was about eight years old. Personally, I don't remember saying this to her, but I do remember thinking, analyzing, and questioning things since I was a child. This was due to various events that occurred in my family that no one talked about. Becoming a psychotherapist came to me as a second career; my first career was as a high school teacher. My previous career was about providing education and following a curriculum and there was no space for psychological needs to be met. This made me realize how mental health affects our ability to reach our highest potential. Throughout my years as a psychotherapist, I have focused on helping my clients understand the effects of family of origin issues, find their inner strengths, develop acceptance and compassion with self, recognize their worth, and identify negative/irrational beliefs about self and replace them with positive beliefs.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a firm believer that psychotherapy is a personal investment and an act of self-love. My goal is for clients to feel good about themselves, view their situations from a healthier perspective, discover their inner strength and resilience, identify negative patterns, and establish healthy boundaries with family, friends, and significant others. Since each client is a unique individual, I utilize different approaches to address their needs and circumstances. I also provide bilingual services in English and Spanish.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
While there is still a long road to eliminating the stigma and barriers that exist around mental health, I am very excited about the awareness that has been created about mental health and how it is connected to our physical wellbeing. I am also excited that more individuals feel free to express their struggles with mental illness without the fear of being stigmatized. I believe technology has become an asset, offering the flexibility and accessibility of telehealth and spreading awareness on different social media platforms about the importance of mental health.
“My goal is for clients to feel good about themselves, view their situations from a healthier perspective, discover their inner strength and resilience, identify negative patterns, and establish healthy boundaries with family, friends, and significant others.”