“As we embark on our journey together, it’s important for you to know that a therapy session is much like hiking a mountain: The summit is our goal and I serve as your guide while you walk your path toward inner healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist first started by exploring my own personal path toward emotional and spiritual growth. Throughout this process, I became very interested in the power of the conscious and subconscious mind, as I realized that much of our own perceived issues cannot be healed through the limited awareness of the conscious mind. I began to participate in numerous trauma-focused workshops, completed an intensive workshop in heart-centered hypnotherapy, and continued on to complete a two-year advanced clinical hypnotherapy program in order to gain the tools to help my clients reach that deeper, more embodied change in their lives. This specialized training has shaped my practice significantly, as I interweave traditional techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused interventions into mindfulness, hypnotherapy, and guided imagery.
What should someone know about working with you?
As we embark on our journey together, it’s important for you to know that a therapy session is much like hiking a mountain: The summit is our goal and I serve as your guide while you walk your path toward inner healing. We always walk together collaboratively as a team, building trust and a sense of safety with one another throughout the process. You decide what is important for us to work on and together we formulate a plan to reach your desired goal. Through the process, I will help you develop tools to begin to experience healthy control in your life and develop a sense of personal power. We will address any barriers or unresolved issues that might have hindered you from reaching those goals in the past. Often, my clients express a heightened sense of self-awareness as they begin to approach life from a more mindful and intentional perspective.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
One of my core values that consistently shapes my approach in therapy is the value of self-compassion. Having worked through my own struggles with perfectionism and self-defeating thinking, the power of self-compassion helped me forgive myself and accept my humanity wholeheartedly. This has become a tool that I use often with my clients to develop a strong sense of self-acceptance and self-worth.
How have your personal life experiences shaped your approach to cultural sensitivity?
I was raised in a Colombian American household, and I myself am a first-generation Colombian American. The mix of cultural values and belief systems has helped me develop a heightened sense of cultural sensitivity specific to first-generation Americans while attuning me to the cultural struggles of immigrants.
“We always walk together collaboratively as a team, building trust and a sense of safety with one another throughout the process.”