Healing is not always found in a linear path. With every new experience we encounter there is the potential and opportunity for change. Hi, I'm Mayra, thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me. Therapy can be a challenge for some people so I like to provide gentle guidance while engaging together on this journey. I strive to help create a safe space for people to explore their identity (cultural, familial, sexual, etc). I have worked in the medical field for almost 20 years in different roles. This has allowed me to gain different perspectives and have a better understanding of the medical community. Having been part of this community has allowed me to serve patients, caregivers, first responders and medical professionals. Most of my adulthood has been spent in Austin and the Hill Country. I am a bilingual first-generation Texan and I’m happy to call Central Texas home. However, I was born and raised in South Texas and la frontera (the borderlands) is also very much part of my identity. I find that our cultures and family of origin at times play a role in how we choose to carry our experiences and expectations.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
In the first session you can expect to finally meet and have an opportunity to maybe start with telling me about what brought you here or we can awkwardly make a little small talk about something random for a little bit. There is no rush. The first session is about getting to know you, getting to see if we can hold a good conversation and if together we can create a space where we can work on your goals. In this first visit we will also get an idea about initial session frequency, style you may work best with, different modalities that we can explore and booking your second session. Most clients will know between 1-3 sessions if we are a good match.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Some modalities I include in my sessions are CBT, solution-focused, mindfulness, narrative and psychodynamic therapy. I can provide homework when needed if you are the type of person who likes to have something to work on between sessions and if not the work can stay within our sessions. One of my goals is to provide a space where you feel supported and seen.
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
My therapeutic strengths come forth when clients are in the midst of processing and adjusting to various transitions in life (growing relationships, aging, divorce, family roles, mental health or medical diagnosis). I am curious, interactive and ready to help create a clearer image. I enjoy using bibliotherapy and the arts in my treatment.