“The process of therapy involves disrupting patterns, gaining better understanding of who you are, owning one's choices, and ultimately healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a first-generation Latina, I was continuously reminded about my familial obligations and the responsibility of taking care of others in a very collective environment. I was challenged by wanting my own self-discovery, exploration, and different means of healing. The path of psychotherapy allowed me to find and reclaim parts of myself and gain clarity about who I am becoming. I have found that I am not alone. The process of therapy involves disrupting patterns, gaining better understanding of who you are, owning one's choices, and ultimately healing. As a therapist, I have worked with those diagnosed with terminal illnesses, those who have become homeless, low-income folks, college students, and worldly educated individuals who have felt disconnected. I have worked in community organizations, hospitals, and now exclusively in my private practice. My area of focus is working with adult women throughout all stages of the lifespan using an intersectionality lens.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our work together will consist of looking at self-defeating patterns and inertia while examining the purpose and reason these behaviors have come to exist. The process of exploration and self-discovery unfolds through journal prompts, homework, and any process that can aid the development of your personhood and healing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have an interest in a woman’s development into womanhood and choosing motherhood through a cisgendered lens. I continue to learn how culture, gender roles and societal obligations can lead to mental health issues and the consequences of unaddressed symptoms. My continued research in these areas has allowed me to highlight and bring insight-oriented processes to treatment.
“My area of focus is working with adult women throughout all stages of the lifespan using an intersectionality lens.”