I work well with individuals ready to be vulnerable and grow. I am experienced in working with multiracial, Spanish speaking, Latinx, Womxn, POC, underserved youth, LGBTQIA+, individuals with Autism and/or Neurodivergent, those with Type 1 Diabetes and providing therapy in both English and Español to help individuals, children, youth and their families find their voice, heal, and repair relationships.
My Background and Approach
In my experience as a therapist, I am seasoned in inner child healing, working with families struggling with high conflict and hopelessness. My specialties include extensive work in a Children’s Crisis Residential Program over the past 3 years serving children and youth experiencing emotional disturbances, trauma, severe depression, mood instability, suicidal ideation and/or attempts. I’ve worked closely with youth and their families to develop their ability to find inner strength, safely cope, self-regulate, build trust, communicate and find connection with their family and community.
I’ve also worked as a therapist in four Santa Ana schools serving children (kindergarten through 8th grade) to build coping tools and work through trauma. I previously worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 8 years serving children, youth and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder and empowering Latinx communities to advocate for both their mental health and educational rights.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
In my practice, I support people who want to find self-love and acceptance in who they are, and in developing insight into their innate strengths but who may often feel overwhelmed by self-doubt, negative thinking, low self-worth, depression, anxiety or fear of the “what if’s or should’ves.” Through both evidenced based and holistic practices, I help clients create gentle compassion for themselves, build awareness of how their pain affects the way in which they view themselves and the world, develop the ability and strength to both speak to and allow themselves to feel the “dark stuff,” and increase understanding of how to better manage and let go of the weight of the darkness that no longer serves them.