Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My therapeutic approach stems from a person centered lens that views all with a fundamental respect and a belief that we carry strengths from our unique histories. I've worked with individuals from Latinx, LGBTQ+, and neurodiverse communities to manage stressors utilizing CBT, trauma informed care, and a strengths based approach. My past experience includes community and private mental health settings working with individuals experiencing challenges related to anxiety, depression, and stressful life circumstances. I welcome all individuals to learn how to cope with the curve balls that life throws at us. My hope is that through collaboration, commitment, and connection in therapy, we will develop a safe path for clarity.
MS - Counseling, California State University Northridge
As a daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, my early understanding of the world was influenced by traditional and religious values held by my family that were not inclusive of mental health. As I grew up, I realized I had a drive to understand the emotional world of myself and others but had limited language to be able to communicate it. My curiosity for understanding mental health was further developed through relationships, education, and experience. Experiencing relief in my own therapy sessions helped solidify my interest in helping others do the same.
I gravitate toward adventure and love searching for new places to eat, travel, and hike. If I'm not outside exploring, I may be listening to my favorite music playlists while I am working on a home project.
Exercising at my local boot camp and any movement throughout the day helps me recharge. Connecting with my loved ones through laughter also keeps me going. When I need a hard reset, camping in the woods is my go-to.
Botas, a 12 y/o terrier mix, Mowgli, a 2 y/o mountain cur/hound mix, and Ziggy, a 6 month old pitbull mix, are all a part of the rescue pack. Mowgli and Ziggy are the best of friends who love to play fight and compete for the best sunbathing spot. Although the smallest in size, Botas is definitely the biggest in spirit. Botas may look like a cuddly teddy bear, however, he believes himself to be a life-sized bear.
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