Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My passion is to inspire others to help themselves in order to meet their goals, heal, and find peace. I believe everyone has the potential for personal growth and healing and can take an active role in making that happen. I like to help my patients find healthy perceptions of themselves so they can accept themselves as whole and complete. I know that no single approach is right for everyone, and thus focus on meeting my patients where they are at, and work from there. I can integrate a solution-focused approach to help my patients meet their needs as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help refocus them. Throughout my experience over the last 22 years, I have worked with ethnically, linguistically, and culturally diverse populations. You can expect collaboration, compassion, empathy, and honesty.
BA - Psychology, University of Miami
MEd - Mental Health Counseling, University of Miami
I grew up in a third world country and moved to the United States as a 17 year old. The transition was quite difficult as it was a different culture and way of life. I was experiencing many different emotions and my psychology teacher in my senior year of high school was a great support and helped me understand my emotions. I became interested in psychology and never looked back. I am passionate about what I do and have been for over 25 years.
I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and family (I have an enormous family, I am blessed), playing word games, going to the beach, and watching TV just to name a few. I am very big on keeping a balanced life, so I always make the effort to do things or see people that bring me happiness.
Every morning when I wake up, I practice saying thank you for at least 3 things I am grateful for. It helps me start my day on a positive note and instantly lifts my mood. I also dedicate at least a half-hour every day to something that brings me joy and peace. This can range from painting my nails to sitting outside listening to the leaves rustle to talking to an old friend.
Many of my favorite nonprofits are smaller, not well-known organizations, that provide help to the people of Haiti, which is where I was born and raised. One that does great work is Child Hope International, an orphanage. Another one that helps many islands is Food for The Poor. They help to build tiny homes and provide feeding programs.
I enjoy spending time at the beach and I am fortunate to live in Miami where the beach is open year-round. My favorite time is to go during the sunrise as it is always magical and so calm. I always get a sense of peace as I watch the calmness of the ocean early in the morning with little to no one around. It never ceases to amaze me the effect I get. Always calm, peaceful and rejuvenated.
Sadly, my beloved pet Boxer, Zohan, passed away 3 years ago due to cancer. Z brought so much joy to my life as he was so loving and funny. My favorite story is him always chasing the neighbor's cat and as soon as the cat stopped and hissed at him, he would cower back down. Such a clown!
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