“I incorporate DBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis, and psycho-dynamic approaches to the work.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My social work career grew while I was employed as an early childhood educator. I was guided by a mentor into the victimization field. I also grew up in an inner-city community, a background that allows my increased understanding, empathy, and sensitivity when working with Latino immigrant clients. I have worked in criminal court, precinct, home-based, school-based, agency, and temporary housing settings and I partner with the client from a strengths-based perspective to reduce unwanted symptoms and increase skills and personal mastery. I incorporate DBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis, and psycho-dynamic approaches to the work.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake interview includes discussion regarding demographics, upbringing, life history, treatment goals, and the completion of various screenings. This gives me the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the client while providing an initial opportunity toward therapeutic relationship building. Progress will include a reduction of unwanted symptoms/behaviors and an increase in skills, desired behaviors, and improved relationships with self and others. I frequently assign homework, readings, and activities and I enjoy working with immigrant clients, parents, males, females, court-mandated clients, children with trauma/behavioral symptoms, adolescents, clients where there is a self-harm history, and clients who present with anxiety, depressive symptoms, grief, PTSD, and life stage challenges. I also complete immigration psycho-social assessments to support a client's immigration legal case for change of immigrant legal status.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I increase my practice skills via ongoing readings, online courses, collaboration with other clinicians, higher education, and certification classes.
“Progress will include a reduction of unwanted symptoms/behaviors and an increase in skills, desired behaviors, and improved relationships with self and others.”