“Psychoanalysis, trauma theory, and my work with vulnerable populations and mental illness back in my country and here in the US have shaped my way of seeing human beings, their suffering, and their resilience.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Pretty early in life, I discovered myself observing emotional interactions between people and being really interested in how our emotions correlate with our behaviors. I was an avid music listener and lover at a pretty early age and I definitely think that also shaped my way of hearing things beyond the obvious. Psychoanalysis, trauma theory, and my work with vulnerable populations and mental illness back in my country and here in the US have shaped my way of seeing human beings, their suffering, and their resilience. I always have important tools in my therapist bag, such as EMDR and mindfulness.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to have a brief first encounter over the phone with all my prospective clients where they tell me what they are looking for. Then, I offer a first interview where they tell me with more detail about their needs and I assess further if I think I will be able to help. I encourage my prospective clients to ask questions and clarify any concerns about payment, regularity, setting, etc. I talk about the importance of the therapeutic relationship and working collaboratively. Since that is my initial approach, I let them know the duration of treatment depends on their needs and their perception of progress. Mainly, I assess their commitment to change and working through challenges with the recognition of strengths and qualities.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have learned that continuing education and expanding tools and strategies to work with my clients make a great difference when treating different kinds of populations. Even though I am always interested in knowing more about psychoanalysis, I have discovered it is pretty useful and rewarding to explore other theories and techniques. Human beings are complex and psychology as a science is always expanding, allowing us to understand and address more mental health issues with more effective strategies. Currently, I am adding more training in the areas of EMDR, trauma, relational psychoanalysis, and mindfulness.
“I always have important tools in my therapist bag, such as EMDR and mindfulness.”