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 manifesting as anxiety and depression as a result of trauma. I primarily work with individuals in emerging adulthood (currently: millennials) that have experienced childhood trauma and abuse, those who straddle the lines of their intersectional identities (culture, gender, class and language) and experiencing the challenges of academia and the professional world in the face of imposter syndrome.
I also work with parents utilizing attachment based modalities in order to grow in relationship with their children in a way that honors the identities and emotional needs of the parent and the child through enhancing the parents' reflective capacity and practical parenting skills to address the behavioral challenges that parents face on a daily basis.
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 the relationship, between you and I, as client and therapist, can set roots for the healing process. Doing so will challenge false beliefs about self and harmful coping as a step towards creating meaningful narratives, as they develop both in joy and in pain, as well as relating to self and others in a manner that honors 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