About My Clients
I am passionate about working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and broadly those who hold marginalized identities. I help folx navigate the “isms” and oppression that often come with moving through primarily white institutions and spaces. My approach focuses on helping clients identify the ways in which their experiences lead to self-doubt, self-blame, isolation, and shame, while planting new seeds of self-advocacy, resilience, confidence, and community.
My Background and Approach
As a therapist, I fundamentally believe that the majority of mental health concerns occur as a direct result of disempowering and oppressive situations, environments, and histories. I can help you explore the social forces and sources of oppression that lead to suffering, and help you build a resistance toward those forces. Ultimately, my hope is for you to walk away from therapy feeling more confident in your voice, power, and strength so that you are able to successfully navigate different environments and situations. I also hope to leave you more connected to the things in life that energize you, like relationships, community, and positive coping strategies. My style is warm, supportive, and authentic, with a good balance between listening and providing guidance and tools. I am also gently challenging when opportunities for growth arise to help you reach your goals. My goal is to provide a safe and affirming space where you can show up as you are.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
As a Latina woman, I have encountered my own experiences of oppression and marginalization, and can hold empathy for the experiences of others while also recognizing that my experiences are not the same as those who hold different, or even similar identities. While I cannot personally understand everyone’s lived experiences or have knowledge of all cultures, my commitment to you is to approach each discussion with humility, empathy, and curiosity, and to work to understand experiences and topics with which I am not yet familiar. I strive to be good ally to communities that have been marginalized and oppressed, both in and out of the therapy room. On a personal note, in my spare time I enjoy a good hole-in-the-wall restaurant, board games, and hands-on activities like home improvement or crafts. I'm totally a dog person, and I honestly wouldn't mind just staying at home with them!