How therapy can help
Just like you go seek medical help for pain or a medical issue, access to psychotherapy is truly important if you are hurting, or need extra guidance. You will be the expert in your life, since you know yourself the best, but an extra pair of eyes can be helpful to identify patterns or dysfunctional dynamics in your relationships, as well as your strengths and resources. The point is not only to gain insight of things, but also to go ahead and make adjustments (if that is what you want) so that you can grow, feel happier, calmer, or more stable.
One of the things that I truly admire is the courage it takes to seek therapy. I understand that the process of trying to find a therapist might not be easy.
I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish and truly knowledgeable of both the Hispanic and the American culture.
I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. I graduated from St. Edward's University with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. I completed my graduate clinical hours at a non-profit organization in Austin, where I provided bilingual services to a broad and diverse group of clients including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I also co-facilitated a therapeutic group for men and women who were previously incarcerated.
Besides working directly with clients in therapy, I have previous work experience in a couple of research labs and as an Early Intervention Specialist. I worked with children age 0-3 with developmental risks and/or disabilities and their families. I met with the family on a weekly basis in order to help the kids achieve their developmental milestones and goals.
In therapy, I have worked with individuals on a number of issues (as listed under my Services). Besides these, I specialize in working with immigrants, from those who have a hard time adjusting to a new culture, to those who want to work through their traumatic experiences before, during, or after their migration process. I also work with couples where both individuals have different cultural upbringings, as well as with families that are composed of first, second or third generation immigrants, where language and culture might be different between them.
I am systemically trained, which means that besides working with people on an individual level, I also focus on their relationships with others and their interactional patterns and dynamics. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and use this approach in my work with couples and families. EFT has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research.
I currently practice at The Practice ATX, under supervision of Dr. Mathis Kennington, LMFT-S.
I like to work in a collaborative way, and this means that together, we will explore your needs and goals. I will provide a weekly time slot and a safe environment so that you can dedicate time to yourself or your relationship, while exploring your thoughts and feelings.
Investing in yourself will lead to growth, healing, and deeper self-understanding.
Austin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Board Member (Secretary)
Austin Center For Emotionally Focused Therapy - Board Member (Treasurer)