Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I am a therapist who focuses on understanding. Each person that I work with is a story. Being able to understand the person through their eyes is the guide that moves us towards why they need help and how I can help them. My therapeutic style is to find ways to get to know who I am speaking to and who they want to become with my support. The years that I have spent working with various people in various locations makes me feel comfortable in saying that I am able to know who my client is and am able to prove to them that I do and want to understand. My therapeutic successes have been achieved in using strategies from modalities that focus on behavior modifications and changes, insight orientation, person centered, and short-term treatments. My goal is always to help my client in the way that they understand and teach them how to be independent from my care to grow into the life changes that they desire.
MSW - Social Work, Fordham University
Clinical social work became my passion as I grew up enjoying the art of conversation of speaking and listening. I eventually grew into the natural sense of helping people once I was able to see the need for help in my community of Hispanic and Latin people. As a high school student, the social worker in my school introduced me to the path of how becoming a resource for people is an actual profession. I was immediately intrigued! Joining peer mentor groups and peer mediation gave me insight on how listening, speaking, and understanding can be a small but powerful experience for others. Moreover, helping people through support, diagnostic care, collaborative relationships, and more was very attractive to a person who was always willing to help others in need and was a known voice everywhere I went.
Outside of clinical practice and engaging in professional developments in the field, I am a bird that is always flying. Anything outdoors, new, and fun I do and drag my little ones with me. Photography is a huge interest of mine and taking pictures to help build these memories is a passion that I have as a strong family person.
My mental and emotional well being are maintained by taking breaks. With the dedication that I have for my profession and family life, the pressure is inevitable. Breaks have helped me feel balanced. They can be small from closing my eyes and breathing for a few seconds, to reading a few scriptures in the Bible, and even getting on a plane to leave the real world for a while. As long as I achieve balance, I feel strong enough to keep going to the next second of my day.
I have always been attracted to organizations that focus on children. The last few years, my heart goes to Special Books by Special Kids. I love the story that a special education teacher left the classroom setting to travel and connect with volunteers who agree to help him speak the word of different disabilities and how it impacts families. The dedication of the mission is one to admire!
When I need to recharge I rely on the sense of self. Being able to breath, meditate, and look at beautiful scenery helps me feel a short sense of escape from the build up of pressures. When life gets too tough and time is of the essence, I gift myself at least 5 seconds of time to feel my presence and be grounded. I always find a way to find peace. As a religious person, I rely on prayer and bible reading to help me seek peace through work when I can't seem to find them myself.
Pets are far from an interest of mine. I just don't have the time to give to a pet. But when my child who struggles to speak begged for a fish, I immediately gave in. The pleasures of parenthood in observing your child overcome a difficulty is something that never goes away. I am stuck feeding it and cleaning the tank but that voice will always stay with me!
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