I approach the first few therapy sessions with a client by focusing on establishing rapport and getting a clear understanding of where the client is at. Through motivational interviewing and active listening, I can gain a deeper understanding of what brings the client to therapy and use this information to build a treatment plan. The approaches and interventions that I apply throughout the therapy process are based on the information gathered in the initial sessions, and what I feel may be the most beneficial to each client. Some of the approaches I take are, but not limited to: client centered approach, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems approach, solution focused approach, mindfulness interventions, and psychoeducation. Additionally, I encourage my clients to play an active role in their treatment, and openly ask for their input and feedback throughout the process. I strongly believe that this can lead to greater success with achieving goals.
I approach my clients with a nonjudgmental and compassionate mindset. Having been through therapy myself in the past, I understand that therapy is a huge step to take, and some may be nervous about getting started. My goal is to help each client feel at ease, secure and understood.
I wanted to do something that I felt would have a positive impact on others. I began my journey as a social worker, and quickly realized that I felt a greater passion specifically for therapy. I believed that by becoming a therapist, I could provide direct support and guidance to people in overcoming life challenges, struggles, and trauma. Given that I have also benefited from therapy throughout my life, I personally saw the advantages and impact that therapy can have on a person’s life. This motivates me to advocate for others to prioritize their mental health as well.
I navigate my sessions the same way for both English speaking and Spanish speaking clients. I can easily communicate in either or both languages together (Spanglish 😊), depending on what is most comfortable for the client.
I am not licensed to prescribe medications to clients. However, I’m able to provide resources and referrals to help connect you to psychiatric/medication services. Although I cannot answer specific questions regarding psychiatric/medication services, I am happy to help clients process their thoughts or feelings about these services to assist in making the best health decision that will benefit them the most.
I have worked with clients ages 5 and up. In the beginning of my career, I worked more closely with children and adolescents and before transitioning my way to adults. Currently, I work with clients ages 14 and up.