Therapeutic Approach: Bienvenidos! (Welcome!) My experience has shown me that in order to achieve a successful outcome in psychotherapy we must take a collaborative approach. What this means is that while I bring certain areas of experience and expertise to the therapeutic relationship, you as the client are also an expert: namely, you are the expert of your life. You know yourself better than anyone else. You know your wants and needs and what barriers are preventing you from achieving these goals. Both areas of expertise are essential in fostering an effective and positive therapeutic relationship. My approach to psychotherapy can be broadly described as insight oriented (psychodynamic) and emotion focused. I strongly believe that each of us has the resiliency to work through life’s hurdles and I help clients identify these inner strengths with empathic support & insight. While therapy can be a challenging process, I encourage clients to challenge and identify potential psychological barriers & patterns that prevent them from achieving their personal and professional goals as well as developing meaningful relationships.
Background: As a first-generation Mexican-American, my personal experiences have influenced my research and clinical interests which have focused on racial & ethnic identity development as well understanding how individuals navigate through various, and often conflicting, cultural demands. Together, clients and I work collaboratively in enhancing self-awareness and exploring how our personal, collective, and cultural histories influence our present day-to-day functioning. Additional clinical areas of emphases include: mood and anxiety disorders, relationship problems, multicultural/cross-cultural challenges, and abuse/trauma.
I received by BA from California State University, Los Angeles and obtained my Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. I have been a co-author and presenter on a number of publications and presentations that focus on the effects of race-based traumatic stress and on various topics that pertain to Latina/o and Asian American mental health topics.