“I have worked with an assortment of populations in different settings and with different economic and racial backgrounds.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As an only child, I have always observed others and been interested in their stories. I attended St. John’s University where I received a bachelor of arts in psychology. I was interested in engaging with people in a more interactive manner, so I decided to become a psychotherapist. I went to New York University, where I received a master’s in social work in the clinical track; thereafter I received a Certificate of Clinical Social Work. My first experience in the field was at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where I worked in an outpatient mental health clinic with children, families, and adolescents. I currently have a small private practice in Port Jervis, New York and I am a school social worker at a district in Pennsylvania. I have worked with an assortment of populations in different settings and with different economic and racial backgrounds. I speak fluent Spanish and, because of my Puerto Rican and American roots, consider myself to be bi-cultural.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am committed to your wellness. Progress includes both awareness and a shift in behavior that would effect a different outcome. It also includes respect for time and the importance of the process of growth. If I know of a great resource that a client will respond to, I will assign homework at times. I like working with motivated clients — those who are vulnerable but still willing to take the chance to learn and grow.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take continuing education courses to stay aware of relevant new findings in the field in order to offer my clients the best possible care.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited that mental health is becoming less stigmatized. There is more information regarding mental health and illness and, as such, more people seem to be seeking help.
“I like working with motivated clients — those who are vulnerable but still willing to take the chance to learn and grow.”