“My role is simply to serve as your guide, helping you uncover your unique gifts and become the hero of your own life story.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up in Madrid, Spain in a bicultural American and Spanish family and attended an international school. From an early age, I developed the ability to view things from multiple perspectives and appreciate the richness of cultural diversity. Leaving a career I had begun in business, I pointed myself toward a path that felt much truer to who I was and pursued both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology. I learned about the incredible power of the mind to influence not just our thoughts but our bodies, and I developed a fascination with this mind-body connection. That fascination only grew when I soon moved to New York and completed a dual master’s degree in child development and social work. I further expanded my knowledge of the mind-body connection and completed a kundalini yoga teacher training program.
What should someone know about working with you?
I bring a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, combining a wide range of treatment modalities that allow me to tailor my treatment to your unique needs and create more meaningful change. My main treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
These are interwoven with elements of humanistic, psychodynamic, and family systems theories. My role is simply to serve as your guide, helping you uncover your unique gifts and become the hero of your own life story. I am bilingual in Spanish and can accommodate anyone who might feel more comfortable with sessions in this language.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continually strive to increase my professional knowledge and skills by engaging in formal training to stay up-to-date on the latest research and evidence-based practices. I also strive to learn from other professionals in the field and believe in the importance of interdisciplinary work. Because I am the main instrument in this work, I also take measures to care for myself personally and invest in personal inner work.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My approach to therapy is based on a set of core values, which include service, integrity, dignity and worth of the person, autonomy, cultural diversity, and social justice. I was exposed from an early age to multiple cultures and I developed the ability to view things from multiple perspectives and appreciate the richness of cultural diversity. I am sensitive to the cultural elements that influence our experiences and encourage my clients to explore these and appreciate them in creating a meaningful life.
“I am bilingual in Spanish and can accommodate anyone who might feel more comfortable with sessions in this language.”