“My framework is supportive, collaborative, and encouraging of individual growth and healing in the therapy process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was always curious about others and the impact that difficult situations had on their lives. This curiosity and connection to others, as well as my own formative experiences, have helped me understand the importance of supportive spaces for individual growth and insight. From serving in the Peace Corps, to being a resident assistant, to years working in community mental health, I have recognized the power in holding space and joining others in healing. I have honed my skills by curiously exploring trauma and creating these supportive spaces for my clients to heal.
What should someone know about working with you?
I value you and spend time to fully understand your goals for treatment through an intake process. This allows me to understand you as a person and support your specific areas of need. Collaboratively, we create a treatment plan that is unique to you. I offer short- and long-term treatment based on desires and goals in therapy. Some clients might engage in short-term therapy to explore a current transition or difficult experience; others might engage in long-term to explore trauma, patterns of behaviors, and identity. Some clients engage in treatment continually as a means for growth and understanding, regardless of their current situation. This is similar to a scheduled exercise routine or yoga. I consider therapy to be an investment in yourself and a space that is a luxury everyone deserves. My framework is supportive, collaborative, and encouraging of individual growth and healing in the therapy process.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Many people have grown up in the backdrop of the stigma related to mental health, which stems from mainstream media and cultural values. It is okay to have questions and feel uncertainty around the process. I advise you to share those thoughts in the session; this can help to find clarity and insight into your feelings. It can also allow you to gain the support and understanding of your own beliefs, which helps you engage and get the care you need. I believe that it is incredibly brave to get support and that it shows strength to take part in personal growth and understanding.
How do you know if your therapist is the right match?
The therapeutic connection is powerful and helps to facilitate feelings of unity and understanding in the counseling space. A client should be able to come to therapy and feel connected, supported, and understood. The right match is based on the way the therapist makes you feel and your ability to feel seen and heard. When considering a therapist, it might be helpful to look for one who specializes in your individual needs, takes a treatment approach that resonates with you, shares a similar identity, or offers services that are flexible and fit your lifestyle. A connection is vital to the therapeutic process as a healthy therapist-client match can help you reach your wellness goals while leaving you feeling validated, heard, and respected.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have focused my career in community mental health, which has inspired me to hone in on areas of resilience and strength in each individual I work with. I received training from Columbia University with a focus in bilingual Latinx counseling and multiculturalism. I am intrigued and inspired by research and studies related to women’s issues and maternal mental health. I have found a desire and passion to guide new mothers through the transition into parenthood, to hold space for grief around loss and miscarriage, and to explore the gender dynamic between working women in leadership and workforce. I now work primarily with busy women who juggle multiple responsibilities while desiring to feel present, complete, and satisfied in their everyday life.
“I now work primarily with busy women who juggle multiple responsibilities while desiring to feel present, complete, and satisfied in their everyday life.”