About My Clients
I work with adolescents, adults and families. Areas of focus include anxiety, depression, trauma, self worth, eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, and family conflict. I often see adolescents and millenials as they navigate their path towards adulthood. Many of my clients are high achievers who struggle with rigid expectations and feelings of "not good enough" in spite of their many accomplishments. Or perhaps folks who are grappling with big transitions or feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns.
My Background and Approach
I received my Masters of Social Work from Florida State University in 2006 and have worked in a variety of clinical settings with youth, adults and families. My clinical approach reflects my personal values of connection, community, vulnerability, curiosity, acceptance, and compassion for self and others. I work from an attachment perspective in which relationship/ connection is the primary vehicle and context for healing. Therefore, establishing a safe and trusting relationship with my client is always my first and most foundational task as a therapist. From there I utilize diverse methods, such as EMDR and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to advance clients' unique goals and promote healing. My practice is strengths-based, collaborative, inclusive, and evolving-- like me!
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I am a social worker to my core and am mindful about integrating social work values into my private practice. Sliding scale and reduced rates are offered to ensure accessibility across economic means. Also, I am a commited LGBTQIA+ ally and serve on the board of directors for my local Pride organization. I strive to maintain a practice that is open, affirming and embracing of individuals across gender and sexuality spectrums, and am committed to growing and learning in this area. There is always more to learn! In addition, I offer therapy to Spanish-speaking individuals and families and am aware of how cultural dynamics and social inequities can impact emotional health. My own background as a Cuban American raised in a bicultural home and community certainly informs my professional identity and approach. I believe in the person-in-environment perspective that is a tenet of social work, and experience clients contextually, not just as a series of "presenting problems" or symptoms.