Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My work is informed by social justice theories, including the framework of intersectionality. I am dedicated to treating the trauma of racism (intergenerational, acute, and chronic), internalized oppression, and racial identity development.
You'll find I utilize an integrated approach; a mix of gentle yet direct communication, mindfulness, astute attention to cultural dynamics, psychoeducation, skill-building using cognitive behavioral techniques, and of course, explorative questions that help to uncover the emotional obstacles to your healing and progression in life.
BS - Sociology, Minor in Ethnic Studies, Santa Clara University
MA - Clinical Psychology California Institute of Integral Studies
PsyD - Clinical Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
I've always been fascinated by human behavior from a very young age. As I got older, I became interested in helping others move through vulnerable spaces and learn how to connect to their own internal sources of healthy coping. Mostly I feel that I am paying it forward, as someone once did the same for me and helped me to discover ways of practicing self love and acceptance on a daily basis.
Outside of work, I enjoy socializing with friends and family through dance and intimate gatherings. I also enjoy traveling to countries in the Caribbean and Africa.
Daily meditation and connecting with loved ones has helped to support my emotional well being immensely. Taking time to get grounded for the day with meditation helps to remind me of my purpose, but also gives me an opportunity to restore my energy. Connecting with my family and friends, whether via a phone call, Zoom or an actual in-person gathering always lifts my spirits and helps to decrease feelings of isolation with challenging experiences. I'm very grateful for my community.
On December 31, 2020, my family changed for the better when we adopted our chihuahua, Louie St. James, from a dog rescue! Louie has really helped us get out and connect with our neighbors and neighborhood during the pandemic. About four months after we adopted him, I was in a car accident and broke my leg. Louie was not only my emotional support animal, but he also helped me with my physical rehabilitation. Our daily walks were instrumental in my healing. Louie St. James to the rescue! And yes, he definitely rescued us.
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