“I incorporate a holistic approach with meditation and breathing techniques into our psychotherapy sessions, which have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’m a poet, painter, and essayist. I have a master's degree in mental health from Manhattan College and work as a licensed psychotherapist and clinical director in New York City at Hispanic Mental Health Counseling, PLLC. I’m also an adjunct professor at John Jay College and Pace University in the Department of Psychology where I’ve taught for five years on the subjects of psychopathology, psychology of personality, applied social psychology, group dynamics, psychology of addiction, and substance abuse. I finished a PhD at Pace University in mental health counseling and earned a master's degree in creative literature from the City University of New York in 2010. Prior to this, I obtained my B.A. in fine arts in 2001. I'm an athlete and a running coach, certified by the RRCA.
What should someone know about working with you?
I incorporate a holistic approach with meditation and breathing techniques into our psychotherapy sessions, which have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms. I strive to create a counseling atmosphere where therapy is a journey of self-exploration. Are you feeling depressed or stressed? I am committed to helping you feel better. Are you fighting with your spouse? Are you feeling alone, helpless, or stuck? I can help.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My background with the Latino and American populations includes work addressing family, couples, and individuals with histories of depression, anxiety, and trauma. I also work with those affected by the stressors of their daily life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
My trainings, life experience, education, and techniques are based on a psychodynamic and insight-oriented approach. Since I am a writer, poet, and an athlete, my interventions involve not only health-seeking but I’m also inclined to use creativity when helping each individual find solutions in their life.
“I strive to create a counseling atmosphere where therapy is a journey of self-exploration.”