I was born in Panama, immigrated to the United States as a young child and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am bilingual and bicultural and bring a deep understanding of acculturation and biculturism issues.
I obtained an A.S. in Early Childhood Education and was formerly a preschool teacher for 8 years. In this capacity, I began to form a deep appreciation for the delicateness of childhood and how deeply our lives can be impacted by the adults that surround us. I then moved on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling and Administration which launched me into a career in the non-profit world where I fed my passion for helping those in need. Prompted by my observation of the human spirit and its resilience along with my desire to support others, I moved on to receive a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. I also hold specialized training in the area of parenting including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and the
“Triple P” Parenting System, as well as a certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders.
My clinical training has primarily been in both an agency clinic and school based setting where I have worked with children, families and adults addressing behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and many other challenges. My diverse work experience, education and life experience adds richness to my world view and helps inform my clinical work.
In my work with clients, I consider you the expert on your life. Only you know what it’s like to be you. However, I do have years of experiencing helping in a collaborative way and facilitating open, and frank dialogue. I believe in your own inner strengths and resources and see myself as supporting the process of eliciting them and integrating them into your present life. I offer clients a warm, non-judgmental approach and honor the therapeutic process with great compassion and empathy. I do my best to create a safe and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable in trusting me with your process. I wholeheartedly value and respect each individual with which I am privileged to work with. Having been in therapy myself, I deeply appreciate the incredible vulnerability, courage and strength that are needed for change and deep healing to occur.