“I will support you in taking the lead, talking about what you feel you need to talk about, and going into the subjects you feel are important.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Honestly, I’m not sure when or how exactly it started. But little by little, life gave me glimpses of what helping others would mean to me. I eventually discovered that my call is to be of service to others. I started my path as a therapist over 15 years ago in South America. There, I specialized in family therapy for clients with psychiatric needs. Shortly after, I decided to come to the states to continue my training. After finishing a master’s in expressive arts therapy, I have worked with individuals, families, children, and youth. I have mainly worked with POC, people with past experiences of immigration, addiction, and trauma, and the culturally diverse.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you meet with me, it will just be a very normal conversation. At the beginning, I will ask lots of questions to get to know you, and also to make it a little less awkward, and then we will create some goals. After that, I will support you in taking the lead, talking about what you feel you need to talk about, and going into the subjects you feel are important. Within those conversations, we can see if the decisions you’re making align with the person you want to be. If not, we can figure out ways to get you there together. My approach is person-centered, independent from your concerns. I draw from many theories and adapt my sessions to your personal needs.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
We are complicated creatures—and life is extremely complex. I am very glad to know some things, but I don’t have a full understanding of everything in life. So, working with other professionals who can provide new information and understanding while working with a client can make a huge difference. If there is a medication or a practice that can facilitate my client’s return to balance, I will bring it up and allow them to understand how it can be of help.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is a space for you—and, more than anything, it is a safe space. Bring up any hesitations you have with your therapist because those hesitations are trying to protect you. People don’t usually go around talking about their fears and the hardest things in their lives, so of course therapy could sound like a strange option. Trust yourself and don’t leave your hesitations behind. Invite them in—because we can learn a lot from them.
What is art therapy—and what if I’m not an artsy person?
Art therapy, to me, is a type of language. It’s a way to translate your thought processes or experiences through a different medium, therefore expanding your awareness about them. I am an art therapist because I find it to be grounding and fun—but whether or not you give it a try is your choice to make. Art informs my practice by making me more curious and creative, which I might use in our journey together. More than anything, I want you to know that it is a possibility rather than a requirement.
“Therapy is a space for you—and, more than anything, it is a safe space.”