“Working with a skilled therapist enabled me to gain insight into my experience and paved the way to an inextinguishable curiosity for wellness, healing, and compassion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been interested and curious about relationships and the human experience. My interest in the mental health field grew when I experienced more hardship than I could manage and was introduced to a psychotherapist. Working with a skilled therapist enabled me to gain insight into my experience and paved the way to an inextinguishable curiosity for wellness, healing, and compassion.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first few sessions will be a collaborative experience of getting to know each other. I will aim to create a safe space of nonjudgment and empathy so that we can explore what brought you to therapy and how we can devise short-term and long-term goals. Treatment planning will be an ongoing discussion in our therapeutic relationship and my hope is to cultivate a space where you feel in charge and empowered. External and internal pressures can discourage us from remembering who we are but no one knows what is best for you more than you!
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I enjoy learning about neurobiology, mindfulness, somatic interventions, trauma education, and more. I am an adjunct faculty member for a clinical mental health counseling program at Lesley University and I find myself re-learning and finding meaning and purpose that fuels my private practice with clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As someone who grew up feeling "ni de aquí, ni de allá" (not from here, not from there), I focus on being culturally-humble and respecting my clients. I believe the healing process is a journey, which must involve the whole being: Mind, body, and spirit. I view the individual through an intersectional and multidimensional lens.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see how telehealth has given people more access to mental health services. In my experience, I am noticing less stigma about seeing a mental health provider. This feels like a step in the right direction! I have also been intrigued by the amount of research being done on the betterment of the therapeutic experience for historically marginalized communities.
“Treatment planning will be an ongoing discussion in our therapeutic relationship and my hope is to cultivate a space where you feel in charge and empowered.”