Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, I was surrounded by my large Mexican family and lived in a city rich with Latinx culture. When I was young, my mother transferred from Air Forces bases which landed us in a suburb north of Oklahoma City. My family had to assimilate to our new surroundings, and I often felt “othered” by my peers. I never felt like I belonged in either culture, which I struggled with in my teenage years until early adulthood. I have personally witnessed the experiences of immigration and multigenerational trauma as a second-generation immigrant. With the stigma of mental health in my community, I watched the cycle of trauma occur through the generations and how the intersectionality of these systems perpetuated these cycles. .
Later I returned to Texas and worked within the Latinx and immigrant communities providing mental health services in different capacities. These experiences furthered my understanding of barriers to treatment and the lack of equitable access to mental healthcare for those in marginalized communities. I believe everyone deserves access to care and healing from wounds caused by direct trauma and oppressive systems. We all have the right to meet our fullest potential.
As a therapist, I specialize in helping clients resolve issues around race, gender identity, immigration, and intergenerational trauma. I also have extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD. I’m crossed trained in therapy and advocacy to provide those I serve with equitable care at every level. My approach is holistic; I meet people where they are and provide support using multiple modalities that best suit their needs and healing goals. My therapeutic lens is informed by psychodynamic theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the mind-body connection through an anti-oppressive framework.
When not working, I spend my time with friends, family, and my two cats. I enjoy board games, video games (HUGE fan of Super Smash Brothers), comedy shows, binge-watching Netflix, and exploring New York City. The people in my life describe me as light-hearted, focused, and supportive.