“I have always been interested in people’s stories and the power that they hold; it’s the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves that shape who we become.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have had an interest in the connection between mind and body since childhood, something that, combined with years of training in dance, led to an understanding that the two always work together. Growing up in New York City, I often observed the faces and gaits of people on the subway and noted early on how differently people held themselves, seeing the subtle ways that struggle and trauma leave imprints on the body. The work of physicians Gabor Mate and Bessel van der Kolk deepened my understanding of how emotion can shape and find expression in the body and ultimately sent me down the path of becoming a therapist. Discovering the work of Carl Jung while an undergraduate at Columbia University led to a desire to learn more about the relationship between personal narratives, mythology, symbols, dreams, psychology, and spirituality. In this time, I also began to reflect more on all of the forces that go into shaping a person - influences from family, culture, society, media, etc. I believe that we cannot truly understand a person’s habits, choices, and patterns of thinking unless we understand where they are situated.
What should someone know about working with you?
Commitment, consistency, and collaboration are the foundation of building an enduring and helpful therapeutic experience. I do not use a one-size fits all approach in my work. Sessions are tailored to a client’s needs, depending on their personal preferences, age, and presenting problems. In our work together, I will seek to explore your personal upbringing, expectations, values, social and family pressures, family dynamics, and philosophies of work and life, as I have found that conflicts related to these areas can often be behind certain symptoms or concerns. Some common presenting problems that I work with include difficulties with assertive communication, social anxiety, career concerns, life transitions, family struggles, and relationship concerns.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a New York City native and the product of a mixed Puerto Rican and Italian American household, I possess a unique level of cultural understanding. While I grew up in Brooklyn, most of my childhood summers were spent in rural northwestern Puerto Rico, where I was immersed in a way of life that was rich in wisdom and tradition and intimately connected to the rhythms and cycles of nature. I thrive when getting to the root of an issue and assisting clients to see themselves and others differently. My goal and purpose is to assist in shifting thought patterns that are not helpful and to provide hope and a new outlook to my clients. I am ultimately an eternal student of people’s stories and the power that they hold; it’s the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves that shape who we become. It is my objective to empower clients on the journey of discovering and re-writing these narratives.
“It is my objective to empower clients on the journey of discovering and re-writing these narratives.”