Personal Statement: As a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, I’ve learned the value of family and having a village to support you along life’s journey. I am a therapist who believes in the African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” To me this quote speaks of finding connection, having a supportive network, and paying it forward by making yourself available to others who are in need. When I was young, I was lucky to find my village, to have those who encouraged me and helped me move through life’s difficulties. Being a therapist for me is about paying it forward.
My passion is to provide access and bridge the gap between need and services to support Latino youth and their families, and to walk alongside them on their journey to healing. For many, recognizing struggles can be difficult, and asking for help takes courage. As a therapist, I open my village to others in efforts to demystify the process of therapy, and I join with my clients in a collaborative effort to find solutions to their problems. I use culturally sensitive approaches in sessions and believe that every client and family is an expert in their own life story. I am a bilingual and bicultural therapist who sees life’s challenges through a systems lens perspective. I use many cognitive behavioral approaches, coupled with mindfulness techniques to bring awareness to the body, mind, and spirit connection.
My hope is that when you come to therapy you find a place of sincere connection, that you are encouraged in our sessions, and that you in turn will pay it forward one day.
Why did you choose Tanager Place? I chose Tanager Place because it is important for me to feel connected to meaningful work in my community. Tanager Place works with underserved populations and provides services to children and families, this is something very near and dear to my heart.
Fun Facts about You: I have 2 German Shepherd dogs, Cairo & Japenga. I enjoy going on hikes with my husband and pups. I am a big “foodie” and coffee connoisseur. When I grow up I want to own my own coffee roaster and source my coffee beans from small splot coffee farms in Latin America. In my spare time I do Cross fit, Hot Power Yoga, and love to run marathons.
Therapeutic Style: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness Techniques
Education: Point Loma Nazarene University, B.A., Psychology; Santa Clara University, M.A., Counseling Psychology, Latino Counseling