“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 am a therapist because I am fascinated by how our experiences and environments shape our thoughts and behaviors, and care deeply about helping people one-on-one. This work allows for a creative, compassionate form of problem solving - for the problems that matter most in peoples’ lives. I thrive when getting to the root of an issue and assisting clients to see themselves and others differently while enjoying the creativity that is involved in planning sessions as well as the process of growing to understand how a client thinks. 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.
My post-graduate training was completed in an outpatient medical setting, with extensive experience working with both adults and children. As a result, I tend to be more focused on utilizing evidence-based interventions. I have received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Triple P Positive Parenting, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Art Therapy and IPT. I am also a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
What should someone know about working with you?
Commitment, consistency, and collaboration are the foundation to building an enduring and helpful therapeutic experience. I am deliberate and thoughtful in helping patients identify their habits and the operating systems that contribute to those habits. Accordingly, I focus on helping patients create new operating systems and habits to motivate long-term behavior change and better outcomes. 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 problem.
When working with adults, I tend to utilize CBT, Narrative Therapy, and/or Motivational Interviewing techniques in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Interventions that I incorporate include art therapy work with teenagers and play therapy for children.
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 household, I possess a unique level of cultural understanding. Coming from a diverse family in the most diverse city in the world means it’s a core part of who I am. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, I chose to study both Psychology and Anthropology, as I felt that the two disciplines were inseparable. I believe that we cannot truly understand a person’s habits, choices, and patterns of thinking unless we understand where they are situated. Similarly, 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. 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.”