“I love working with children but find I do my best work with teenagers and young adults.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After graduating from Rutgers University at the height of the recession, I had few options with a liberal arts degree. I loved helping others but could not find a job. I decided to become a preschool teacher and would often see children who needed services, like speech or occupational therapy, but I was not allowed to connect them with what they needed. I wanted to do so much more for my students but couldn't. After being at the preschool for two years, I decided I needed a change. I left the job and later graduated from New York University with a master’s in social work, ready to start a career I loved and eager to help others. I moved to Miami shortly after graduating and continued working with children in different settings. I have worked with foster care youth, juvenile justice-involved youth, families in foster care prevention, early childhood and infant mental health, and at-risk youth. I love working with children but find I do my best work with teenagers and young adults.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you work with me, your treatment is tailored to you. Therapy is not one-size-fits-all and I will personalize your treatment to your unique needs. I believe in collaboration and a client-centered approach; you will lead the way and you are in control. Together, we will focus on your strengths and growth. We will occupy a brave space and figure out the blocks that stand in your way. I will help you master the tools you need to succeed with cultural and linguistic competence.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Social justice is a core value of my practice. I am the daughter of immigrants and have dedicated my professional career to advocating for marginalized populations, such as foster care youth, at-risk youth and their families, and juvenile justice-involved youth. I am deliberate in cultivating a brave space for my clients and ensuring they are met with cultural and linguistic competence and are heard and understood. I am loyal to the principles of ethical practice, social justice, and anti-racism and I actively work against intolerance of all kinds. I am dedicated to serving, protecting the rights of, and affirming BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, people of all ages, and all other marginalized groups.
How has your identity shaped your work as a therapist?
As a first-generation Latina, I know firsthand the challenges of finding good therapy with a provider who is inclusive and understands you. There are significant inequities in access to and quality of treatment and this puts communities of color at risk for more mental health concerns. It is so important to have practitioners like myself who understand the nuances of mental health within one’s culture. I understand what you are going through and will support you through this. My work focuses on empowering students and young professionals to put themselves first, implement healthy boundaries, and become the strong, independent womxn they want to be. I believe in tailoring your treatment to you, in collaboration, in focusing on your strengths, and in helping you master the tools you need to succeed. I’m passionate about helping you figure out the blocks that stand in your way and helping you cultivate confidence and motivation.
“I believe in collaboration and a client-centered approach; you will lead the way and you are in control.”