Who i Am
A native Angeleña, and daughter of immigrants from Jalisco, México, I am privileged to serve as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #110005. I have varied experience working with individuals from early childhood into emerging adulthood from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds both in community mental health and school settings. I truly believe that people must be met where they are and at their own pace in order to honor and respect their unique journey and their healing process.
Who I work with
I work with people who have experienced pain, challenges and struggles, often presenting as anxiety and depression as a result of trauma. I primarily work with individuals that have experienced childhood trauma, especially sexual abuse, and those who have had "subtle" experiences that should not have left a tremendous impact, but did, and who continue to face the daily demands of life. This leaves many of my clients feeling stuck, unmotivated and overwhelmed. I have found that the overwhelming weight of these experiences often presents itself in the body as fatigue or pain or other physical sensations that cannot be otherwise explained.
I believe that it is important to address mental health at the intersection of spirituality and culture as it impacts one's identity formation and overall well-being. I work from a person centered and strengths based approach, which views you as the expert in your life. My role is to create safe space in which we work together to set roots for the healing process. Doing so will challenge your false beliefs about yourself and harmful coping as a step towards creating meaningful narratives and helpful forms of coping that honor all the parts of you. Informed by Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches, my work with you also finds inspiration and guidance from the words, images, sounds, rituals and thoughts of personal and cultural ancestors to support you in becoming more wholly you.
"They allowed themselves to be swayed by their conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
Gabriel García Márquez
Antioch University, Los Angeles
MA, Clinical Psychology - Specializations in Applied Community Psychology and Psychological Trauma
Point Loma Nazarene University
Credential, Child Welfare & Attendance
Loyola Marymount University
MA, Counseling - Emphasis in School Counseling
Credential, School Counseling
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Sociology - Minors in Education & Chican@ Studies