“While working in the community, I learned that at times I was the only person in my client’s life really listening and believing in them.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I hold an MA in psychology with a postgraduate certificate in school psychology. After working with a community mental health agency as a therapist, I decided that helping others was my passion so I became an LMHC. While working in the community, I learned that at times I was the only person in my client’s life really listening and believing in them. I also realized that if I can teach the skills the client needs, it will empower them to continue moving forward with their life. That brings satisfaction to my life!
What should someone know about working with you?
During the initial session, we will complete a biopsychosocial assessment to gather data needed to develop a treatment plan that addresses the client’s unique needs. During this session, any necessary documentation will be signed and collected. This intake session can take 60-90 minutes while subsequent therapy sessions will last for 45 minutes. I will assign homework based on needs and it is expected that it will be completed before the next session, since it’s part of the treatment and can be used to measure progress as well. I have experience working with children and adults.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist, I have to take continuing education courses to maintain my license and certifications. At this moment in my career, I am interested in learning more about trauma and anxiety disorders. Taking a collaborative approach to problem-solving helps serve the clients best, since it allows me to take into account other providers’ expertise and insight. It also allows me to target the most important areas of need.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a Hispanic who grew up in Puerto Rico and then moved to Florida at 19, I know how hard it can be to adapt to a new culture and new values and how I needed to become open-minded to be able to adapt and function successfully in a new country.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
At this point in my career, I am focusing on learning about anxiety disorders and trauma. I’m not closing myself off from learning about other topics but I would like to specifically gain expertise in these two areas.
“I also realized that if I can teach the skills the client needs, it will empower them to continue moving forward with their life.”