“I was also privy to the stigma associated with mental illness and mental health treatment in communities of color and vowed to become an agent of change for my community.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As early as I can remember, I’ve always had an affinity for helping others and knew I wanted to become a therapist. I was also privy to the stigma associated with mental illness and mental health treatment in communities of color and vowed to become an agent of change for my community. I attained two degrees in the mental health field and have years of experience providing bilingual (English and Spanish) psychotherapy to adults, couples, and veterans in various settings, including counseling centers and hospitals.
What should someone know about working with you?
Employing empathy and compassion while honoring the dignity and worth of a person are key elements of my practice. I strive to create an atmosphere where clients feel safe enough to process their experiences, share their emotions, and accomplish their goals with the assistance of small tasks in between sessions. My experience as a therapist has taught me that the present is the most opportune time to explore change, and if one is indeed ready, tools to effect change are often found within. I also realize that not everyone is ready for change and that is fine too. I meet the client where they are and understand that progress can be measured in more ways than one. I like working with adult men and most of my experience is in working with adult men of color.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As an individual with a spiritual upbringing, the core values of respect, compassion, connectedness, and resilience were ingrained in me from an early age. They shape my worldview and inform my practice. I hope to learn about your core values, and with a culturally sensitive lens, collaboratively help you achieve your goals and dreams. Indeed, we are in this together.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In the ever-changing mental health landscape, I am most excited about the addition of telehealth and its ability to expand accessibility to therapy for many who previously would not give therapy a chance. Telehealth will help us all maintain connectedness and evolve into better versions of ourselves.
“Employing empathy and compassion while honoring the dignity and worth of a person are key elements of my practice.”