About My Clients
The people I talk to are often people interested in making sense of all the 'how's and 'why's of who they are. At various times, we are working through re-connecting with emotions, exploring both positive and negative life experiences, and generally understanding ourselves better to then on positive change. Generally, this is done through talk therapy, art, writing, or experiential means in our sessions. This remains true for the adults, couples, and children that I am fortunate enough to meet.
My Background and Approach
I utilize a humanistic, feminist, and psychodynamic approach. Here's a basic rundown of how I see psychotherapy: - It's not a place to be talked at or down to. Rather, I want to be with you as we find out where these concerns are stemming from. If this seems scary to you, consider that many people are robbed of control from their life. I want this to be uniquely YOUR experience - we decide together what it looks like. Therapy is not a space for more oppression and control. - There's value in exploring our past experiences and understanding messages we have received from family and larger society. They shape who we are, the relationships we have, and how we function in the world. Once we can see them for what they are, we can make the choice about what we want to do with them. It's difficult to address our pain (whether you want to call it depression, anxiety, stress, etc.) without looking in all directions: outwards, backwards and inwards. Therapy can a safe place to do this.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
We are shaped by and grow within our relationships to others. We are innately social creatures who seek connection. However, our experiences with others have the potential to uplift and shape, but have also hurt or silenced us. Pain is an inevitable part of life; thus we often need to have space for our negative emotions and a place to safely work through them to be able to connect again. I am a Cuban-Mexican American, daughter of immigrant parents, mother, partner, and therapist. My experiences in the complexity of humanity have made me passionate about helping people embrace and nurture every part of our identity. I believe strongly in nonjudgmentally exploring and growing in all aspects of cultural identity: racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, etc., as well as examining how this affects our life roles (as partners, parents, children, workers, students, etc.) I believe by building up and reconnecting with all these authentic aspects of our identity we find healing and growth.