“I hope to practice through a lens that explores multicultural issues and how our upbringing creates and shapes the people we are today.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Being first-generation born and living in the South Bronx, mental health was not a topic discussed in many households. It was a difficult conversation to have when you did not have the necessary tools and support. In my career, I’ve often worked in settings where there was a disconnect to the population served. I have spoken with people about their experiences with therapy who have told me that they could not connect with their therapists because of their lack of cultural competency. My goal is to continue to bridge the gap between access and mental health normalization in everyday conversations. I hope to practice through a lens that explores multicultural issues and how our upbringing creates and shapes the people we are today.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize an eclectic approach, going off of people’s needs and goals. For me, progress involves taking a step forward in achieving those goals. Clients can expect sessions to be tailored specifically to their needs, whether that involves reflective work or exercises to practice in between sessions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Mental health is an evolving field, with practices often changing over time. Furthering my practice with training and continuing education makes the difference in keeping me updated on new developments in our field to help ensure that clients receive the best possible care. Networking with other therapists and maintaining that open line of communication is also important for learning and sharing ideas.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has reshaped the way we approach therapy; it gives people an easier alternative to an already difficult process. Whether it is from the comfort of your own home or while you are walking your dog, telehealth lessens the burden.
“Clients can expect sessions to be tailored specifically to their needs, whether that involves reflective work or exercises to practice in between sessions.”