My Approach to Helping
I have experience in several medical settings including in an adolescent long-term residential facility that treats both substance abuse and mental health disorders. I believe that therapy is an essential way to understand how patterns of thinking can affect individuals' emotional and physical bodies. Gaining insight of the internal self through a therapeutic alliance involving empathy and radically genuine interactions, and learning the mind-body connection, guides us to acknowledge and accept our actions, reactions, and behaviors.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, listening to music, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, traveling, practicing yoga and mindfulness meditation, and playing with my two dogs. I believe that a positive relationship with animals can be therapeutic in it of itself.
More Info About My Practice
Education and Experience: I am a Cuban-American born of two immigrant parents and am therefore fluent in Spanish in addition to English. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree at Manhattanville College in English Education and obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Felician University. I am also currently working towards my doctorate (Psy.D) in Counseling Psychology at Felician University.
I have foundational training in and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing, PsychodynamicPsychoanalytictherapies, Multicultural, Positive Psychology, Psycho-Educational, among others.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Including but not limited to school & academic pressures, Attachment, Eating Disorders, Identity Development, Social Skills, ADHD, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, PTSD and Trauma, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Disorder, Life Transitions, Emotional Disturbance, Behavioral Issues, Mood Disorders, Impulse Control, Personality Disorders, Codependency, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Abuse and Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Body Image Issues, Self-Esteem, Suicidal Ideation, Relationship and Familial Issues, Peer Relationships, Communication Issues, Multicultural Issues, Spirituality, Anger Management, Stress Management, Coping Skills, Life Coaching, Career and College Counseling, Sports Psychology, Life Skills, Time Management, Women's Issues, Self-Care and Wellness, Weight Loss, Mindfulness, and Meditation