“My biggest discovery inspired by previous experiences is how passionate I am when working with the various women I encounter, thus shaping my practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was born and raised in a risky neighborhood in Brooklyn by a single mother determined to adapt to the American culture and surrounded by loved ones experiencing obstacles. I guess you can say I was taught the value of resiliency, adaptation, and compassion for all. I’ve known I wanted to be a social worker since the age of 13 (it was either that or a professional dancer). I loved conversing with people and learning about their dreams and desires. I even made friends easily by being someone who people felt comfortable talking to, safe confiding in, and supported by. Throughout my career, I gained experience in the areas of concrete support, school counseling, substance abuse, domestic violence, preventive services, outpatient mental health, juvenile justice, parent support, workforce development, and community organizing. My biggest discovery inspired by previous experiences is how passionate I am when working with the various women I encounter, thus shaping my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process begins with an inquiry email. I will then schedule a brief phone consultation. If after the consultation we agree that we are a good fit for one another, we will schedule our initial intake session. During this session, we will complete all additional forms and begin customizing a personal therapeutic experience.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Throughout my career, I participated in a variety of continuing educational opportunities, including trauma-informed practices, bias awareness, LGBTQIA+, domestic violence, and motivational interviewing. I have also been certified in solution-based casework, appreciative inquiry, parenting journey, and mobility mentoring. I am currently participating in an expressive therapies summit in order to enhance my practice using dance, movement, meditation, and mindfulness.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am truly excited about the world’s acceptance of the major transition into telehealth therapy. Especially during times of increased social isolation, it gives me great joy knowing that more people seeking help will now have access. In my free time, I love to research creative techniques such as dance, movement, meditation, and mindfulness. I also love to discover and incorporate innovative self-help workbooks, guided journals, and step-by-step guides created by my professional colleagues as supporting tools.
“In my free time, I love to research creative techniques such as dance, movement, meditation, and mindfulness.”