“I can empathize with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and major life adjustments and transitions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I came to the United States at the age of 13. During most of my upbringing, I struggled with my own mental health due to loss and trauma. These experiences inspired me to pursue a career as a mental health counselor and become the person I needed when I was younger. I can empathize with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and major life adjustments and transitions. I encourage my clients to explore their personal struggles in an emotionally-safe space and I offer a strong support system.
What should someone know about working with you?
As difficult as life may seem at times, I aim to help my clients feel as if they don't have to go through it alone. I welcome clients from different backgrounds and strive to provide a warm, supportive, and safe space. In our initial session, my intention is to get a better sense of what led the client to seek therapy. Based on this information, we work on co-creating goals and treatment plans according to the client’s unique needs. I have diverse clinical experiences and have worked with children, adolescents, and adults going through several life challenges. I help clients face life difficulties, including interpersonal and relationship issues, by providing unconditional support. My motto for therapy has always been, “With an open heart and an open mind.” I believe in using an approach that is specific to my client's needs.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
As a Hispanic woman, I have experienced and witnessed the stigma that comes with reaching out for help and attending therapy in several cultures but mainly in the Hispanic community. I acknowledge that doubt, fear, and shame are very real and valid reasons as to why someone would be hesitant to seek services. At the same time, I want to remind and reassure you that you deserve the best care possible and I aim to be a helpful tool in your journey. As my client, you will be my main priority but I will also focus on your trust, safety, confidentiality, and healing. My goal is to guide you to explore and process your emotions (without feeling overwhelmed by them) while achieving the goals we will identify through treatment. My hope is that you feel understood and safe so we can start working collaboratively in helping you heal.
“I encourage my clients to explore their personal struggles in an emotionally-safe space and I offer a strong support system.”