“I have training in CBT and trauma-focused modalities, but I see what works best for my clients rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I was young and surrounded by a large and loving Puerto Rican and Irish extended family, I was always interested in what made people tick and what guided their choices. I started noticing that things outside of their control, including socioeconomic factors, trauma, and family history, often weighed heavily on the freedom of choice. This led me to choose social work as a profession. I’ve worked with women and children who were victims of domestic violence and high school students who had recently immigrated to the United States and was inspired by all of their bravery and willingness to keep trying. I have training in CBT and trauma-focused modalities, but I see what works best for my clients rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach. I have particular experience in helping others work through anxiety, depression, and difficult life transitions. I speak both Spanish and English fluently.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you work with me, my first task is to understand what is guiding you to seek therapy, what your experiences have been in the past, and what you are looking for from a therapist. It is so important that you find a therapist who you can trust and one who is right for you. Once we have established a rapport, I work to understand your goals for therapy and your ideal hopes for progress so that we can work together to identify manageable goals in order to track your progress.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up with a large extended family on both sides; my mom is Puerto Rican and my dad is Irish. Seeing the different ways my family interacted, made choices, and helped one another influenced me to better understand how our own families can impact us as adults, in both positive and negative ways. Speaking Spanish and going to Puerto Rico as a child created a love in me for other cultures and a real desire to understand and know more about our world. In my practice, setting aside my own belief systems and assumptions is something I am very focused on so that I can be sure to see each client as a true individual who can teach me about their own journey.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the way that mental health is increasingly focused on the mind-body connection. These are truly intertwined and in my work as a therapist, I feel it's essential not only to explore your emotions through talking but also to understand how your emotions are affecting you physically.
“I have particular experience in helping others work through anxiety, depression, and difficult life transitions.”