“I wanted to be a therapist to better understand how family dynamics impact individuals and their interaction with others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I wanted to be a therapist to better understand how family dynamics impact individuals and their interaction with others.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to work with clients who are motivated to change. I offer an unbiased and supportive environment in which to work. I like to know about the client and how his family of origin affects his relationships and daily living. Progress is when the client tells me their days are getting better or they are using their coping skills and their anxiety level is decreasing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I look for learning opportunities to help me grow as a therapist in the areas of anxiety, mood disorders, mindfulness, meditation, and other modalities of treatment that increase my effectiveness. I have been a therapist for over 30 years and have found you can never stop growing and learning.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a culturally rich background. I grew up experiencing racial inequality as my mother was Mexican and my father was white with no cultural background. I am culturally-sensitive as a core value but in grad school, it was also a value that was taught. My clients can count on me to offer them a nonjudgmental and supportive environment in which to explore their own unique stories.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I loved teletherapy because it allows me to see people all over Texas who I would not normally be able to see. It's a great opportunity for all to benefit. Research shows that many people are reaching out to therapists because it is safe and convenient.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have participated in "Managing Suicidal Risk" with Dr. David Jobes under the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). I have a certificate of completion. This training has helped me screen for suicidality and work with clients who are suicidal, helping bring the threat down to a minimum or zero.
“My clients can count on me to offer them a nonjudgmental and supportive environment in which to explore their own unique stories.”