“I offer a compassionate and nonjudgmental space for clients to explore and gain deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and anthropology and master’s in social work with specialized training in the area of child trauma. Throughout my career, I have worked with clients of all ages in residential and outpatient settings, providing individual, group, family, and couples counseling. I developed expertise in supporting families affected by intimate partner violence and providing suicide prevention and crisis counseling. My practice shaped my speciality in working with clients that have been exposed to trauma with a focus on relational trauma and childhood wounds. Drawing from my experiences, using a trauma-informed and holistic approach, I consider how experiences impact our whole being (body, mind, and spirit), further shaping our worldview and how we relate to others and ourselves. I offer a compassionate and non-judgmental space for clients to explore and gain deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences. Through greater awareness come opportunities for self-compassion, growth, change, and healing.
What should someone know about working with you?
While I work with clients experiencing a range of stressors, my years of working with survivors of trauma have shaped my calm, empathic, purposeful, and relational practice. I aim to help empower clients, drawing upon their strengths and supporting them to achieve their unique goals. Using a collaborative and relational approach by remaining attuned and curious while inviting continuous feedback, sessions are tailored to meet the client’s needs. When working with clients, I consider how present situations, thoughts, emotions, and reactions might connect to early experiences and I often integrate mindfulness and body-based techniques.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I received advanced training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and I am committed to ongoing personal and professional growth in order to best support clients and communities.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My values are rooted in respect for human rights and it is the recognition of the importance of positive relationships that forms the foundation of my work. Holding the therapeutic relationship as a powerful vehicle for healing and change, I seek to build trust and comfort (even in discomfort) and I offer a space to experience being seen and heard. I strive to support clients in deepening their connection with themselves, identifying needs and desires, and strengthening their voice in the therapy space and beyond.
“I specialize in working with clients who have experienced trauma with a focus on relational trauma and childhood wounds.”