I graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with my Bachelor’s in Sociology. I received my Masters in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino with a specialization in Mental Health.
For the past 5 years, I have been providing mental health services as a Bilingual Clinical Therapist (Spanish-English) for children, TAY (Transitional Aged Youth, ages 16-25), and families of different cultural backgrounds. My practice has placed particular attention to working with teenage girls, and first generation Hispanic youth dealing with depression.
Treatment Methods and Philosophy
The first step of treatment is creating a therapeutic relationship. I prioritize the client’s level of comfort to reassure we create a trusting foundation to their journey into wellness. The client is the expert in my eyes. I take a back seat approach in helping them navigate throughout life and teaching them the skills to help manage life’s challenges.
I believe in a mind-body approach and often incorporate a holistic perspective into treatment. I have completed trainings in Nutritional Psychology which allows me to provide education on how food affects our mental health. I also have completed a training with UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Practices which focuses on mindfulness exercises and techniques.
Over the past two years, I have implemented into my practice the use of the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). With the use of this set of skills, the individual learns how to “restore” their nervous system into a state of natural balance while increasing awareness of their internal responses to high stress situations. I have used this model on individuals that live with symptoms of trauma, anger, anxiety, and depression.
Other treatment methods in my background include, garden-oriented activities, play, art, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.