“I utilize a diverse, empathetic, and holistic approach when working with you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was faced with many adversities. Coming from an underprivileged background, I understand what it means to go after one’s dreams despite the challenges of being a Latina woman growing up in a low social-economic environment that lacked resources for my success. Always intrigued by the human psyche and human spirituality, I embarked on this mental health journey to understand life better and acquire the knowledge/skills to learn/relearn the appropriate tools needed to overcome life’s adversities and, most importantly, share this wisdom with the community. In retrospect, I knew I was on the right path when everything began to naturally flow for me. I have over a decade of therapeutic experience within a myriad of settings, including hospitals, domestic violence shelters, schools, community counseling centers, and national crisis hotlines. It is a blessing and honor to witness people’s growth during their most vulnerable moments.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize a diverse, empathetic, and holistic approach when working with you. The first therapeutic session is an opportunity to get to know you better, understand your concerns, explore your strengths, and discuss what you are looking to achieve within this work. I like to utilize tools such as assessments to measure how you are doing in relation to your desired goals. The ideal person who comes to see me is someone who is ready to explore inner work, willing to be held accountable, and willing to be present with their vulnerability within a safe space.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Always seeking to expand on my experiences, I frequently engage in psychoeducational training, courses, and self-empowerment workshops. My constant drive to learn and explore what life has to offer inspires me to continue to grow in all dimensions of my life so that I can continue to share those tools with you. My most recent certifications consist of the LGBTQ Institute for Family Therapy Certification (LIFT) as well as certification in Indigenous and complex trauma focusing-oriented therapy (IFOT) and compassion fatigue.
What can you share with people who are ambivalent about seeing a therapist?
In life, we all go through hard moments where we may need support a little more than other times. There are events that can throw someone off from their usual way of coping with life adversities (sometimes, life just happens). If you are experiencing any type of mental health or emotional concern that is affecting your daily life and functioning, therapy may be beneficial. Therapy can help you acquire the tools to explore, identify your feelings, learn how to cope, and implement new ways to deal with behaviors and thinking processes. Ultimately, you will learn more about yourself, receive support in achieving your goals, and improve in all areas of your life. The best thing about therapy is that it is meant to offer a nonjudgmental space where you can receive appropriate support free from any biased thinking. I always tell people who are ambivalent about therapy to trust in the connection that you feel with your therapist. The therapist should be someone you feel connected to and feel you can trust. Allow yourself the opportunity to heal, discover, and explore any feelings you may need support with. Therapy is about working on yourself. Your time matters! You matter! Your emotions matter! And you deserve to be heard and supported!
“The ideal person who comes to see me is someone who is ready to explore inner work, willing to be held accountable, and willing to be present with their vulnerability within a safe space.”