I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25802) who works with adolescents and adults. I am a femme, cisgender Latinx/Xicanx who goes by the pronouns she/her/hers.
In my spare time, I write, practice yoga, swing kettlebells, hang out with my dogs, listen to heavy music, and bake fantastic cupcakes.
Education and Experience
I received my Doctor of Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, which is a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Through my graduate school career, I found my passion in working with folks from marginalized communities who struggle with feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, enraged, and exhausted by the world.
I have over 11 years of professional experience working in community, inpatient, jail, prison, and school settings. I have advanced training in trauma treatments and trauma-informed care. I am an anti-stigma and recovery-focused therapist whose approach is driven less by diagnoses and more by assisting the clients I serve to thrive and live meaningful lives. My training includes experience in the following modalities:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Seeking Safety for PTSD and Substance Abuse
- Somatic Experiencing
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis
- Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
How I work
I incorporate interventions that are collaborative, solution-focused, and based upon your needs and what you most value in therapy. Instead of challenging and changing the contents of your thoughts, I strive to guide you to learn to have a different relationship with them that allows you to be present for life’s joys and sorrows that allows you to live a full, connected, and engaged life.
You can expect working with me to include the following:
- Exploring how our social and political context we live in is impacting your mental health.
- Focus on developing safe and healthy habits in a non-judgmental way.
- Doing things in session to assist with developing a more helpful relationship with thoughts, rather than just talking about them or trying to change them.
- Helping you to learn how to honor your anger as an ally and associate in your journey rather than teach you to control it.
- A focus on and validation of your efforts to work towards a more meaningful life and the personal strengths you bring to the therapy process.
- I will approach you as a person rather than a diagnostic category, but will use techniques that research has established are most effective in healing the particular form your suffering takes in your life