“I am not here to tell you what to do; rather, I act as a mirror to help you process your thoughts and feelings so you can then make the decisions that are right for you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have studied social work during all of my post-high school education. What I love about it is that it offers a biopsychosocial approach to working with people. Studying social work gave me the opportunity to develop a lens where I can see how societal structures in place affect an individual physically, mentally, socially, and economically. My first job was in child welfare, working with children and families in the foster care system and conducting in-home therapy. After a few years, I transitioned to emergency psychiatric care where I learned the most about diagnosing and treatment planning. I was a social worker in a psychiatric emergency room and on a mobile crisis team for a public hospital that served the highest concentration of diversity in NYC. This was a population that really spoke to my roots as an immigrant. I was able to use Spanish (my first language) to advocate for and treat the needs of the Black and Latinx populations.
What should someone know about working with you?
I will work with you to break down your thought process so we can identify the positive and negative patterns that influence your relationship with self and others and affect your overall perspective on life. I am not here to tell you what to do; rather, I act as a mirror to help you process your thoughts and feelings so you can then make the decisions that are right for you. The more honest and open you are, the more you get out of the process. I am trained in cognitive processing therapy, a 10-13 session therapeutic model aimed at decreasing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions. This is a high motivation therapy model that comes with weekly homework assignments.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider myself a lifelong student and consistently use continuing education opportunities to stay current in my field and refine my skills.
“The more honest and open you are, the more you get out of the process.”