“When entering my virtual office, I want you to know you are entering a safe space where you can feel comfortable and confident to express yourself openly.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I graduated from Fordham University with a BA in psychology and graduated from Mercy College with a master’s degree in counseling, specializing in school counseling. But I soon realized my passion was not only in working with children and adolescents but also in working with adults. I embarked on the road to college again and received an advanced certificate in mental health counseling from Alfred University. I am also certified through NBCC as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), demonstrating an ongoing commitment to my career. I promote client self-management and empowerment, dealing with many challenges with humor, kindness, and grace. Previously, I provided mobile crisis in-home intensive and in-community services to adolescents and worked in an after school therapeutic treatment program designed for adolescents. I also worked in an outpatient behavioral health organization with adults, children, and adolescents.
What should someone know about working with you?
When entering my virtual office, I want you to know you are entering a safe space where you can feel comfortable and confident to express yourself openly. I speak English and Spanish. I am culturally-sensitive and have the ability to stay present with you. My focus is on us building an alliance together in order to work on your unique needs and help you reach your therapy goals. In our first session, I will have the opportunity to assess your needs; we will review your intake questionnaire, get some background information on you, and explore the reasons why you are seeking therapy. We will have weekly telehealth sessions from the comfort and convenience of your space. I work with children and adolescents starting at the age of 13. I help them manage their symptoms so they can function at home, school, and in their community.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), which means I have completed specific education and training requirements and continue to demonstrate my ongoing professional commitment by completing further continuing education requirements. I am currently enrolled in courses to become a certified compassion fatigue professional and help others with hopelessness, stress, emotional burnout, and exhaustion. My future clinical certifications will include mental health integrative medicine, allowing me to provide my clients with psychoeducation regarding the connection between what they eat and their mental health.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
These are exciting times with telehealth, as it allows us to use technology to gain access to services online. This allows flexibility and gives access to a broad population, using their phones or laptops to make life a little easier. With the rapid growth in mental health needs, telehealth can support destigmatizing mental illness.
“My focus is on us building an alliance together in order to work on your unique needs and help you reach your therapy goals.”