Bilingual & bicultural therapist based in the East Bay. // Terapeuta bilingüe y bicultural en el área este de la bahía.
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Berkeley, CA
Supervised by Jeanette Lopez-Urbina, LCSW#66090
Though it's not a "cure" for disorders, I've successfully used SFBT along with other styles and treatments (when it suits the client) to improve their quality of life *right now.* This style assumes that on we know what will work to boost our functioning; as the clinician, I'll work with you to help tease out what, when, and how to do things to help you find some relief or clarity.
This process-oriented form of counseling has been used successfully with children and adults in individual, couple, family, and group therapy settings. Through repairing or building a secure relationship, we can work together to carefully explore and understand your current feelings and behaviors, sorting out the ones that work best for you (as an individual, couple, or family) and/or reshaping current behaviors into new ones that better suit your needs.
My first play therapy course changed my mind about ever working with children; I trained extensively in play therapy modalities and I remain a big believer in the power of play for everyone. I use play therapy techniques such as reflecting, encouragement, returning responsibility, and therapeutic limit-setting to successfully relate to children. This foundation has also influenced my work with adolescents and adults.
Being a woman in a patriarchal society creates it's own special set of sociocultural challenges that, according to many studies, contribute to a greater risk of concerns for women. Similar to the work I strive to do with clients around cultural and systemic oppression, I try to approach these issues with humility and care to collaborate with clients in teasing out what their truth is, how it affects them, and how to heal.
As a therapist of color, my sensitivity to the increasingly volatile political and socio-cultural environment in the U.S. and around the world has come with its own struggles. Your experiences and challenges will be as unique to you as mine are to me. Working from a place of understanding my own privilege and marginalization, I humbly strive to create a safe place to explore your unique needs and challenges in facing the impact of macro- and micro-aggressions.
Break ups, moving, changing to a new job or career, beginning a PhD program, retirement, etc; all of these life changes can leave us swirling with all kinds of emotions no matter how much we've experienced. I'll work with you to assess the impact, identify where it originates, and collaborate with you in strengthening existing tools and skills (or finding new ones!) to cope with present changes and (hopefully), improve your ability to face the next one.