“My vision for every client is to help them achieve a deeper level of self-awareness where they are able to make sustainable change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In my early 20s, I discovered my love for conflict resolution. I recognized that I possessed the skills and patience to help others during difficult times. In addition, I have always had a love for the brain and all its intricacies. Throughout the years, I learned that my upbringing contributed to my desire to help others. While living at home, I witnessed several elements, including poor communication skills and verbal abuse. Although my parents loved me, they lacked the skills to recognize toxic behaviors. My past has shaped me and I became a resilient and introspective woman who actively seeks self-improvement and looks forward to helping others not be defined by their past. Through my 10+ years in mental health, I have worked in community agencies with the homeless, inmates, and several other populations (from children to geriatrics). I currently focus on treating trauma, depression, anxiety, and couples. My mission is to help clients restore mental health, one piece of the self at a time.
What should someone know about working with you?
My vision for every client is to help them achieve a deeper level of self-awareness where they are able to make sustainable change. In therapy, I utilize several approaches, such as CBT, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, ACT, and person-centered. Each client is unique, even when suffering from the same conditions. Therefore, I adjust my approach based on the client's needs. In the initial session and beyond, I seek to maintain a comfortable and relaxed flow to therapy. My approach when meeting with clients is conversational and not rigid. I believe in healthy self-disclosure when appropriate; I make sure the client knows that I'm also human and I relate when relevant. I always want my clients to feel seen, heard, understood, and valued; these elements are foundational to creating significant change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education and staying abreast of new research and developments in the mental health field are essential. In order for me to achieve this, I collaborate with colleagues often, read, watch mental health videos, and listen to mental health podcasts.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Obtaining knowledge of my core values has been essential to the services I provide. It is my belief that therapists should develop a level of self-awareness where they can tell if a client is a good fit as well as when a therapeutic relationship should end or be transferred. Understanding my own value system has also helped me to be more sensitive toward the values of others and develop my cultural sensitivity. My family is originally Hispanic; understanding their values in comparison to mine has fostered my ability to be culturally-sensitive and aware.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited about the continual use of telehealth. Mental health has been overlooked for so many years and with telehealth on the rise, more people can be served and helped.
“I always want my clients to feel seen, heard, understood, and valued; these elements are foundational to creating significant change.”