“Throughout my career, I have learned that my curiosity, ability to listen without judgment, and authenticity lend themselves to encouraging and supporting individuals, families, and couples.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I entered the social work field with a passion for social justice, human rights, and understanding how our gender, racial, and spiritual identities shape who we are as people. My experience has included working with survivors of domestic violence in shelters, providing child and family therapy in homes, and supporting survivors of sexual violence through individual and group therapy. Throughout this time, I strengthened my trauma-informed practice and learned to incorporate various therapeutic techniques to support each client’s individual needs. I previously held a mixed role of therapist, clinical supervisor, and executive director at a growing nonprofit but in recent years, I have dedicated myself to my clinical practice, teaching, and research. Throughout my career, I have learned that my curiosity, ability to listen without judgment, and authenticity lend themselves to encouraging and supporting individuals, families, and couples.
What should someone know about working with you?
When looking for a therapist, finding someone who feels like the right “fit” is always important. In the first few sessions, we’ll figure out if we are a good fit and talk about your interests, struggles, and strengths. My job is to help you identify your goals and to support you in strengthening and developing the skills you need to reach those goals. While this sounds simple enough, as someone who has been on the other side of the therapist’s couch, I know that even thinking about goals can make a person feel lost and alone. Rest assured, I am here to help and how I help will depend on your unique needs, where you are in your journey, and what works best for you. We’ll try different techniques (CBT homework, journaling, letter writing, meditation… to name a few) and see what clicks and what doesn’t. My job is ultimately to work myself out of a job as the therapy process allows us to collaboratively work toward your goals.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a mixed-race, indigenous, and Latinx individual, I know the challenges of having different identities, the importance of honoring roots, and the importance of forging my own path forward. Early in my training, I was drawn to the trauma-informed, intersectional, and feminist counseling models because they validate the unique experiences of individuals of all genders, cultures, and spiritualities. They respect clients as collaborators and illuminate societal/systemic injustices and the way each of our experiences/identities intersect with our mental health. These models still form the foundation of my practice today, as I incorporate modalities such as CBT, mindfulness, and DBT.
“We’ll try different techniques (CBT homework, journaling, letter writing, meditation… to name a few) and see what clicks and what doesn’t.”