“I incorporate respect, empathy, and motivation in my approach, helping clients feel comfortable and safe.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked as an advocate for many years in the school system and foster homes as an instructor, translator, case manager, etc. These experiences motivated me to complete my master’s in school counseling. Then, I decided to return to school to become a mental health therapist to serve the community at a deeper level. I understand the impact oppression has on personal development and am passionate about supporting and helping individuals build self-worth and find their voice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer patience and transparency during our sessions and work alongside my patients to their desired goals. I use an eclectic approach depending on the client's needs, such as Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue growing as a therapist and continue feeling intrigued by the function of the mind and patterns that stem from our roots and experiences. I continue attending workshops and learning different approaches that can help my clients evolve.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I incorporate respect, empathy, and motivation in my approach, helping clients feel comfortable and safe; once there is a relationship between the client and therapist, it becomes easier for them to reach their goals and work on their authentic self.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe that mental health is evolving and becoming more accessible, which offers the community an opportunity for education, improving their lives, and reaching their goals. There is no need to suffer alone; life can be manageable with the appropriate coping skills and awareness.
“Once there is a relationship between the client and therapist, it becomes easier for them to reach their goals and work on their authentic self.”