About My Clients
My focus is to support individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. By centering the mind-body-being connection, I have a holistic approach with my clients to help create an individualized treatment plan that works best for them. I am dedicated to providing a space that is warm, compassionate and accessible, where you feel safe to explore the ways in which you can build a more fulfilling life.
My Background and Approach
My lived experiences of being a person of color with intersecting identities, navigating the world and the trauma that comes with that, has led me to the practice of healing at a young age. I grew up with many years of witnessing (through family members + my community) severe mental illness, addiction, community violence, chronic suicidality, incarceration and domestic violence. Through my own stories and experiences, as a justice-oriented therapist, I aim to disrupt and dismantle these oppressive systems within myself and in my practice to make therapy a safe(r) space for folks who are targeted and made marginalized. My approach to therapy is like the life I live, very diverse and utilizing concepts from the following treatment modalities: EMDR eyes movement desensition reprocessing, Narrative, Solution-Focused, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existential Psychology as well as drawing ideas from Attachment Theory, Somatic (body) and Interpersonal.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I was blessed to grow up in the SF Bay Area where Diversity and Social Justice was engrained from birth. Being actively involved in LGBTQ community, BLM movement and providing services to immigrants and refugees is in my blood. I am passionate about Trauma Informed Care, Restorative Justice and Harm Reduction. I've worked within these three frameworks throughout the state of California, predominantly in Bay Area and Los Angeles. Since 2002, I have worked with adolescents, aging population, justice-involved individuals, victims (survivors) of crime, refugees, immigrants, gang affiliated individuals, single mothers and unhoused individuals. Throughout the years, I’ve provided therapy, intensive family work, clinical case management, court advocacy, comprehensive needs assessments, crisis intervention, collaboration with community partners, linkages to appropriate services, and implemented and treatment plans.