I have my Master's of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Latino/a Family studies. I am a Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania + California and was first licensed in 2010. I was licensed in Virginia as well, when we had to relocate to the DC area for my husband's work, from 2013 to 2017. I have worked community mental health and private practice. I have worked with families, children, couples and adults. I have worked in a domestic violence shelter and have provided community + court advocacy. I have been a guest speaker at colleges/ universities to train students/ professionals on domestic violence and sexual assault.
What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
We will spend time getting to know one another and figure out first if we are a good fit. Ultimately, the therapeutic relationship is the most important to make sure therapy will be the most effective. At the same time we get to know one another I will gather relevant information to get a better understanding of your trauma history, strengths, support systems, coping skills and needs. I use humor, metaphors and psychoeducation to help build understanding. Ultimately, I hope therapy with me is a safe space to grow, learn and heal.
What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?
Everyone is different, with a different trauma history and different stages in their progress, that is why I utilize an eclectic therapy approach. Based on your needs that day, we can utilize the following, or a combination of these therapeutic approaches: EFT (emotion focused therapy) Strength based therapy Trauma Focused Solution focused therapy Feminist theory ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.
I help women who solo parent better manage parenting, while maintaining her work/life balance. Is this you? Marriage and parenting are difficult. Often it is hard to find the energy to be patient, creative or loving. I enjoy supporting wives of first responders and wives of law enforcement officers, especially those at the federal level.