“So many people suffer from some degree of anxiety and I have experienced it at different times in my life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always wanted to be a therapist; I am a motivated and positive person and feel there are multiple solutions to a problem. I love working with others and helping them find their own solutions that work for them. I specialize in addictions, anxiety, and depression and worked for many years in treatment centers. Working with these populations made me aware of the different types of trauma that cause suffering. I became trained and very skilled in EMDR so I can be a better therapist and help many process trauma, anxiety, and depression. I also practice acceptance and commitment therapy, helping many with unhelpful thoughts and emotions. I grew up in South Florida and I am bilingual in English and Spanish. Growing up in this area allowed me to get to know and understand several cultures, adding a richness to my life I don’t think I could have achieved in another state.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first session is the intake session where we discuss your history, upbringing, and significant events that affected you positively or negatively. We also begin discussing treatment planning and what you would like to achieve from therapy. The second session involves strategizing treatment and discussing what is important in order for you to live a fulfilling life. I always say that therapy happens between sessions, so I teach coping strategies to use outside of sessions when life shows up. I work with ages 16 and up.
Why do you treat anxiety?
So many people suffer from some degree of anxiety and I have experienced it at different times in my life. As a therapist, I’ve learned what works for me (mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy) and what works for many of my clients. Not feeling in control can be scary but it doesn’t have to be once you educate yourself on your symptoms, know what to do, and know how to think about your thoughts.
“As a therapist, I’ve learned what works for me (mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy) and what works for many of my clients.”