“Being a Latinx therapist and witnessing the violence and oppression of others has helped me develop my counselor identity as a social justice advocate, helping marginalized and oppressed clients feel and become empowered.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in the mental health counseling field for over ten years. Despite initially starting as a writer, I was drawn to learning more about people and to the aspect of helping others. Being a Latinx therapist and witnessing the violence and oppression of others has helped me develop my counselor identity as a social justice advocate, helping marginalized and oppressed clients feel and become empowered.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am an intentional and integrative therapist; working with me involves doing work on yourself, exploring your goals, and working on accomplishing those goals. Expect to feel tension and discomfort; it is only through experiencing these feelings that change can occur. Before starting, you can expect a consultation call to explore whether counseling with me is a good fit. We will go over the necessary documents and expectations of therapy as well as your goals. If we match, we can move onto counseling sessions. Counseling is flexible and fluid based on your needs. The length of counseling sessions can also range from forty-five minutes to an hour. I have experience working with marginalized groups and minorities. I specialize in multicultural issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Developing my counseling identity and competency is essential; the more we learn about ourselves, our perspectives, and our viewpoints, the better we can help others. Currently, I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in New York and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in New Jersey. As a counselor, I have dedicated my time to furthering my education and development on essential issues, including multicultural topics and concerns, stress, trauma, and anxiety. I have attended several schools — CUNY Hunter, New York University, SUNY Alfred, and Montclair State University — to further my development as a counselor. I engage in training on racial identity development. I am also in a PhD counseling program that focuses on social justice counseling.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a Latinx individual, I have witnessed race and racism firsthand. Developing my racial identity awareness and understanding how white supremacy in America plays a prominent role in perpetuating hate and oppression have helped me develop empathy and a deeper understanding of individuals on all sides of the color wheel. It is essential to be culturally-sensitive and to continue to ask others about their culture and how that culture has impacted their day-to-day lives. It is crucial to develop a better awareness of intersecting and marginalized groups and explore how to better assist in advocating for their needs. It’s essential to continue to develop a consciousness regarding race-related issues and how they impact people of color.
“I am an intentional and integrative therapist; working with me involves doing work on yourself, exploring your goals, and working on accomplishing those goals.”