“I enjoy working with children and adults and I have a passion for working with adolescents and young adults who are adjusting to important life transitions while often struggling to manage anxiety, depression, and extensive daily stressors.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career began in case management where I worked with clients to help them navigate the social service system. In my role as a case manager, I learned that the needs of the client were not only in navigating their environment but in understanding how their personal, emotional, and interpersonal roles impact their function in the environment. This is what inspired me to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work with the goal of working with clients from a therapeutic perspective. I have practiced with a wide demographic in various settings, including hospitals, outpatient behavioral health, therapeutic schools, nursing homes, community intensives, adoption, and nonprofit. My experiences have allowed me to learn the importance of not only the client as an individual but how family connections through generations, multicultural experiences, and life transitions shape outcomes. With an eclectic approach to treatment, I have been able to guide clients through difficult life events.
What should someone know about working with you?
I begin the therapeutic process with an extensive intake that includes medical, psychological, and social histories that will help in identifying goals for treatment. Throughout the course of therapy, I will assign homework that may include written activities or challenging emotional and behavioral reactions to life triggers for the purpose of processing and creating change. I enjoy working with children and adults and I have a passion for working with adolescents and young adults who are adjusting to important life transitions while often struggling to manage anxiety, depression, and extensive daily stressors. I am also fluent in Spanish and have worked extensively with diverse populations.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to learn and grow in this field by participating in continuing education workshops, certification programs, and annual conferences on topics including ethics, cultural competency, and various mental health-related areas. I am also open to learning from other disciplines when collaborating for the purpose of facilitating care for my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the evolving use of technology to engage clients in therapy. In my experience, I find that youth and young adults tend to be more comfortable with the use of technology and more likely to keep therapy appointments when utilizing telehealth. I have also found that clients with social anxiety are more likely to engage in therapy when initially utilizing telehealth with the goal of transitioning to in-person sessions. My goal is to continue to increase competency in this area while helping my clients incorporate technology in their treatment.
“I am also fluent in Spanish and have worked extensively with diverse populations.”