“I truly believe in meeting the client where they are—and accepting who they are without judgment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I always wanted to be a support for others. While studying to become a social worker, the many roles I played allowed me to gain experience with different age groups, from infants to the elderly. I also taught kindergarten and first grade, which gave me extensive knowledge in education. Additionally, I’ve performed supervised court-mandated family visits; provided counseling, crisis intervention, and in-home psychotherapy; and translated for clients who only speak Spanish. Throughout my career as a therapist, I’ve participated in specialty training and received certifications in brain health, consulting, mindfulness meditation, health, and healing. In addition to providing self-care support, I’ve also provided life coaching, vision board guidance, and domestic violence advocacy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach is strength-based, and I am easy going and extremely passionate about my work. My vision is to continue to provide support regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religion. I truly believe in meeting the client where they are—and accepting who they are without judgment. I have traveled to different parts of the world and experienced many things which have helped raise my cultural competency and sensitivity to other people's needs.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Through my experience as a social worker and therapist, I have worked with art therapists, substance abuse counselors, conflict resolution specialists, and mental health consultants. Learning from these individuals has helped me strengthen my practice, as it has allowed me to see trauma and coping skills through different lenses. Everyone has their own way of expressing how they feel—and some people use the outlets most comfortable to them to reach out for support. I believe in being cooperative and open-minded in order to give my clients the best experiences possible.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I encourage everyone to just give it a try. Seriously—go see a therapist for the first time and have your own experience. Everyone will have their own personal perception of therapy from what they have heard, seen, or personally experienced. There may be a reason why you’re hesitant to speak to someone about how you feel—and that’s okay. There’s no pressure to attend therapy, but it can be helpful to have someone listen to you and support you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about learning more about the brain and how mental health continues to play a role in our overall well-being. I want to continue to raise awareness about mental health and study holistic approaches to deal with daily stressors. Since everyone is individually unique, it is important for the field of mental health to continue to explore effective treatment methods based on the individual needs of clients.
“There’s no pressure to attend therapy, but it can be helpful to have someone listen to you and support you.”