“My ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible reach internal peace.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since the age of 16, I knew that my calling was to work in the mental health field. I remember a family friend asking me what I wanted to do with my future, and I answered, "become a therapist" with absolutely no hesitation. Due to the trauma and family discord I had experienced, I wanted to be a person who could potentially bring a bit of peace into other's lives. As life continued and I received my degree in psychology and mental health counseling, I knew that I had made the right decision. I have experience working with a variety of populations, ranging from substance abuse and recovery to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and self-awareness. I also have always practiced what I preach and have my own wonderful experiences with therapy. Throughout life, I never imagined myself doing anything else; for those who believe in destinies, this is mine. My ultimate goal is to help as many people as possible reach internal peace.
What should someone know about working with you?
From the moment we meet, I will try my very best to make you feel like I want to work with you because that's the truth. I've heard a lot of people say that they never wanted to share with their therapist because they never felt acknowledged. I want you to know from the very beginning that through hard work, you can achieve whatever it is you are searching for even if you don't have a final plan. My goal is to make you feel comfortable even on the days you do not, feel heard on the days when you feel the world can't hear you, and feel proud even if you have never felt proud of yourself before. My therapy sessions will be all about you. There may be times where I may ask you to think about our meeting and write things down in relation to the next session. Progress is shown through different levels of participation and I want you to be excited to engage. This is all about YOU, and I'll cheer you on!
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a Hispanic household, so the idea of seeking help for mental health wasn't necessarily discussed or suggested. To this day, my parents have the mindset of "I can do it myself ― I don't need therapy" (even though they are proud of me for what I have done with my career). Like many, I have experienced circumstances in which I felt alone, like a burden, and stuck with no view of the future. As I grew older, I realized that many others felt the same way (to my surprise). This is a cultural norm for many who have seen their family struggle yet never reach out for help. The epitome of who I am is based on my own participation in therapy. In the moments where no one understood me, I was guided to understand myself. No matter your culture, belief system, or gender, I want to make sure you know that there is no judgment, because I am aware that we may already have enough of that within the family dynamic and within your other forms of community.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In 2020, I participated in an online telehealth training and received my BC-TMH. I believe the use of technology in modern-day therapy is extremely beneficial and revolutionary. Due to the scarcity of services in many rural areas in this country, the ability for all to receive desired and necessary services has been extremely limited. During COVID-19, we were all exposed to the importance of technology in order to continue living life with any sort of normalcy. In the field of mental health, we saw a source of availability opening up that many people may not have been exposed to prior. Individuals who once had to travel two hours to get services now have the ability to receive them instantly. This allows more and more people to explore options they never thought they had and potentially get to an internal place they had only been able to dream of.
“From the moment we meet, I will try my very best to make you feel like I want to work with you because that's the truth.”