I grew up in Niagara Falls, New York, then moved to study at the University Of Buffalo, followed by SUNY Oswego, where I completed my MS in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a post grad certificate in Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies. My inspiration for becoming a therapist began with my volunteer work with youth dealing with bereavement and those who had experienced trauma.
I have worked with youth and adults from underrepresented groups, including those from minority backgrounds and neurodiverse clients. I desire to better understand your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. I aim to help center and uplift those who think differently and feel more intensely. I fervently work against the stigma of counseling among marginalized groups and fill in the gaps in providing care individualized to their needs. I believe in creating a safe, judgment-free space, where I can work collaboratively with you to meet their goals.
I welcome BIPOC and people of the LGBTQIA+ community. I have worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, eating disorders, substance use issues, and relationship issues as well as clients who just needed someone to talk to.
My approach is person-centered, holistic, and wellness-based. I pull from Adlerian Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy in my work with clients. I use play and art when working with youth and, when working on trauma, I finds Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and somatic work to be useful.
In my free time, I enjoy going on walks in nature, reading, writing, and anything art related, including listening to music, playing instruments, learning languages, drawing, and painting.
Supervised By: Luz Flores, LMFT #81229
Location(s): Echo Park and Telehealth