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About Me

My story begins in Ecuador, where I was born, and it continues to unfold in the United States, the country I proudly call my home for the past 17 years. This incredible journey has shaped me into a bilingual (English/Spanish) immigrant and, most importantly, a psychotherapist, mother of two kids, and a dog.

 

As a psychotherapist, I have extensive experience helping individuals work through a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, family problems, and relationship issues. My personal experience as a woman of color, an immigrant, a mother, and a professional informs my therapeutic style. I approach treatment in a direct, dynamic, kind, culturally sensitive, and client-centered way.

 

I understand marginalized communities' unique challenges and struggles and am committed to creating a safe and understanding space for my clients to share their experiences. My work is focused on diversity issues, and I am particularly interested in working with couples, families, and intergenerational trauma. Our identities shape our experiences in the world and cannot be ignored in the therapy process. In my practice, I draw upon various theories and techniques, including attachment theory, somatic experiencing, and contemporary neuroscientific research, such as the polyvagal theory. In addition, I utilize evidence-based treatments such as Brainspotting, EMDR, ACT, and DBT. However, each individual is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy.


Instead, I carefully tailor each treatment to meet each person's specific needs. I firmly believe that healing from trauma is crucial in improving one's quality of life and the world around us. I am reminded of Resmaa Menakem's quote, "When we heal our trauma, individually and collectively, we don't just heal our bodies. By refusing to pass on the trauma we inherited, we help heal the world". This quote perfectly encapsulates my philosophy as a therapist, and I am honored to accompany my clients on their journey toward healing and reclaiming their lives.

 

Therapy can positively change one's life. By delving into treatment, you will deepen your understanding of yourself, increase self-acceptance and self-compassion, and ultimately find more joy and fulfillment in your life. It is a privilege for me to be a part of this process and witness my clients' transformation along the way.

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem​

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • The Inmigrant Experience 

  • Stress Management

  • BIPOC: Microagressions in the workplace

  • Race-Based Trauma

  • Impact of Oppression and Marginalization

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Gender Identity Support

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 
     

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
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