“Progress does not need to involve a total and immediate change, but I do believe that the client should feel they are making some adjustments in their life toward the positive.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since I was a preteen, I knew that I enjoyed talking to people, hearing their life stories, and helping them solve problems. Although I was young, I had a natural maturity and even people older than me looked forward to speaking with me and hearing my take on things. When I arrived at college, I had to decide what path to take to pursue what I felt was my calling. A professor recommended that I look into social work and that’s what I did. This is how I ended up in the social work field.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intakes are about an hour. This is the time for me to get a sense of what brought you to therapy in the first place, what challenges you are facing, and what improvement looks like for you. Progress does not need to involve a total and immediate change, but I do believe that the client should feel they are making some adjustments in their life toward the positive. Although I have worked with clients between the ages of 5-90, I feel more comfortable with adolescents, adults, and older adults. Since I am fluent in Spanish, I also enjoy working with clients who are Spanish-speaking. I work with clients of different ethnic backgrounds and I like learning and experiencing my client’s culture through their lens.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Every year, I take at least two full-day courses in different areas of clinical interest. I recently took two courses at the Beck Institute. One course focused on CBT for clients struggling with anxiety and the other course focused on CBT for clients dealing with depression. I am interested in taking more CBT courses because I feel the practicality of it works for people who cannot spend or do not want to spend years doing a psychoanalysis style of therapy. It’s good for those who prefer a more direct approach and shorter term. I have heard of drama and interpersonal therapy and would like to learn more about these down the road. Clinical discussions with other clinicians also help my practice by giving me a chance to exchange ideas, strategies, and resources when feeling stuck on how to best support the client.
“I work with clients of different ethnic backgrounds and I like learning and experiencing my client’s culture through their lens.”