Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their resilience and inner strengths through my counseling services. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan. I provide a nurturing space while also providing “Carefrontation,” a compassionate way to challenge negative beliefs that hinder your growth.
I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing various forms of trauma and PTSD such as separation of families, immigration issues, generational and childhood trauma, racial trauma, sexual abuse and domestic violence, etc. I provide services to stressors related to undocumented and mixed legal status families, problems with acculturation, BIPOC issues, discrimination, depression, anxiety and stress, grief and loss, life transitions, etc. She has training and experience facilitating English and Spanish Nurturing Parenting groups, and anger management and co-parenting classes.
MS - Counseling, California State University, Fresno
I became a mental health professional to help highlight people's resiliency despite their history of and present stressors and struggles.
I enjoy the beach or being near a body of water, gardening, traveling to new places, digital art and coloring, arts and crafts, learning something new, and spending time with my family and friends.
I currently engage in gardening, digital art, and learning Portuguese (Duolingo).
A book I have read more than once is Gabriel García Márquez's Relato de un náufrago / The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor which narrates the journey of survival and resiliency of Luis Alejandro Velasco who was lost at sea for 10 days and was able to survive without food and water and manage the dangers of the sea. It highlights the extraordinary ability of someone's desire to survive and problem-solve despite their present misfortunes. It is a testament to why I love to do what I do as a mental health professional.
My favorite nonprofit is called the Fresno Family Counseling Center which holds a dear place in my heart. Here is where I trained to be a clinician. It is the outpatient training clinic for the Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling program at Fresno State. I now teach, train, and supervise other trainees and associates who are looking to complete their traineeship/associateship here. My favorite part is that I also get to mentor other therapists, especially those from Chicano/Latinx backgrounds who are pursuing this career. I also get an opportunity to supervise and consult cases in Spanish.
I recharge by being out in nature, preferably being near a body of water, gardening, or grounding my bare feet and touching the grass.
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