You are the expert on you. I am a therapist who specializes in adolescent and adult mental health concerns. Throughout life, people face numerous transitions, some of which lead to feeling being stuck, confused, lost. or but these changes can peak and take on unique importance in adolescence. Whether the challenge involves a change in relationship, transition to a new stage of life, experience of grief or loss, handling a breakup, or any other personal challenge, I can work with you to navigate the tangled complexities and find your way forward.
I am a Latina- a woman of color in a country that is facing the effects of systemic racism. As a therapist, my lived experiences have informed my extensive work with BIPOC and LGBQTA clients and underscored the necessity for culturally-competent counseling. I use my background in dance and theatre to bring mindfulness and mind-body methodologies in my sessions. This may look like using art, movement, writing, and creative expression as therapeutic tools when appropriate.
Race and culture are important facets of identity, but gender, sexuality, history, and parental expectations also play a part. Clarifying a personal sense of self, particularly if you are in a time of metamorphosis, is an essential step towards personal empowerment. I cannot decide who you are, but I can guide you towards resources and give you tools to handle roadblocks. I take a collaborative approach to the journey of therapy; I help my clients identify and define what they want to work on, figure out the roadmap to reach their goals, and outfit them with the tools to travel. Untangling and clarifying traumatic experiences- including living with systematic racism, experiencing gender or sexual discrimination, grief, childhood poverty, violence- is a large part of my work.
I’m the expert in therapy, but I’m not the expert in you. I’ll meet you where you where you are at and will use your own self-knowledge as a guide in our work.