“Although I am an “expert” and therapist, I speak in the language of love, hermana, and sisterhood. I am not a clinical or cold feel; my energy is powerful and the therapeutic alliance we build will determine how you move through what it is you have been experiencing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child, I was empathic, sensitive, and never felt like I belonged. I did not feel nurtured or seen and, as a result, I always second-guessed myself, questioned my worth, and found myself trying to live up to others’ ideals and fantasies of who they thought I should be. I was always spiritually grounded and my faith in God became my armor and glow. Although I always had a smile on my face, trauma smiles. I felt that elders did not take the time to know who I really was. As I grew spiritually, my ancestral wisdom led me on a journey of trauma alchemy and healing. In my journey of seeking truth and understanding of human behavior, as someone who grew up in a bicultural environment, I wanted to understand how race, power, and privilege kept folks oppressed in communities, and why certain impoverished communities were lacking the resources needed to thrive. I wanted to become a cycle breaker. As someone who experienced suffering as a child and held that emotional weight of others, I always had a passion to work with young people and their families. I received my SIFI certification to Supervise Master level students, and I became certified as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapist. In the last 4 years, I worked in government policy positions for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as The Department of Education in conflict mediation and building culturally responsive mental health programming in school communities. I now focus my healing work centering on women, life coaching, and consultancy with corporations and leadership teams. I have worked with large leadership teams in analyzing identity, power analysis, and healing racial tensions and building emotionally intelligent and cohesive teams.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider myself a spiritual archaeologist; we will dig deep as I walk with you through the inner process of understanding your past and healing your wounds. Recovery is yours, healing and joy is your birthright. You can live a vibrant, authentic, and empowered life that is free from mental enslavement and the patterns that no longer serve you. Although I am an “expert” and therapist, I speak in the language of love, hermana, and sisterhood. I am not a clinical or cold feel; my energy is powerful and the therapeutic alliance we build will determine how you move through what it is you have been experiencing. We will co-create a sacred space, a safe haven to hold you and for you to land in working through the emotions. Each person is treated with compassion, dignity, and respect through radical acceptance. Each individual healing process is honored by moving at a pace that balances one's wants with one’s needs.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a student of life; I am constantly learning and expanding with my clients. I recognize that, as I grow in love, eternal peace, and self-awareness, I expand and become a present and powerful practitioner for those I serve. I continue to participate in my therapy, I also have a Spiritual advisor and Supervisor to process my work and assist in my growth.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
For many years, I felt that I had to amputate the best parts of myself in clinical spaces and that I could not bring my full self to the work, but therapy is changing. I am passionate and honored to be part of the movement of decolonizing therapy, destigmatizing mental health, and moving towards wellness, empowerment, and understanding that we all need each other. This work is a collaborative process and we will journey together. You are not alone; I will be there every step of the way.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I was a part of a multi-disciplinary team trained in psychological first aid and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Using a CBITS model, we assessed 2,500 young folks during and after Storm Sandy hit Long Island and other parts of New York. I worked in Far Rockaway and Long Island with children and adolescents who were experiencing complex post-traumatic stress symptoms. This training was a basis for the work I later did on a micro and macro-level in policy and practice.
“Each person is treated with compassion, dignity, and respect through radical acceptance.”