My Approach to Helping
As a therapist I try to treat my clients as well as I would like to be treated. Therapy is a relationship between the patient and counselor and I believe a gift to accompany a person through the process of healing. I firmly believe that we are able to reach our potential in life by making sense of our present and our past. How can this be accomplished? We can sit and discuss our struggles and find solutions to them, we can allow ourselves to admit and feel the pain in our lives, and find ways to cope with them. As a therapist I feel that I am also a healer and take this very seriously. I value the therapist and patient relationship and believe that it is a curative relationship. I meet people where they are and assist with their needs at the time. I love what I do and strive to do better daily. With me you will find a companion who can walk through the journey of therapy with you.
More Info About My Practice
I began doing therapy 8 years ago in a clinic and have maintained contact with clients who I once saw at that time. I am also not afraid to meet individuals where they are meaning if I have to color and play with dolls in order to reach a child and assist them with their issues I have and will do that. If I have a child or teen who has issues with reading and I feel that I can assist them, I will assist them with homework. If I have to assist a client with issues related to abuse or addiction I accompany them along this journey. The sessions are the client's session and I try to incorporate autonomy within the session.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
As a therapist I am able to have the privilege to sit with individuals and assist them with trials in their life. It is a privilege to sit with someone and hear their stories, see them accomplish things, cry with my clients, smile, and laugh with them. When I work with children and teens I am blessed by seeing them grow and accomplish things that they never thought they could. This fills me with joy and is worth more than a billion dollars!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I am aware that culturally and socially seeking therapy is frowned upon. There is a certain stigma attached to this. I am a therapist who goes to therapy as well and can honestly attest to the benefits of therapy. For men who feel that seeking therapy is for punks; try it out. It is worse harboring negative emotions and filling oneself with this poison. For women who feel that a man cannot understand a woman or that you will be judged. I will not judge you and being raised by women, I can imagine how many emotions woman hide, due to their roles in the family or out of fear of losing control. Teens who think this is not worth your time. Try it out! This can possibly save your life and can be a bridge of communication between you and your parents. My fellow Latinx people who believe therapy is for "crazy people". Let this old view go, sharing your feelings is a very human thing to do.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I am a therapist however I am also a human being and throughout my life's struggles I learned how important it was for me to find people who were compassionate. My personal struggles helped me to become the man and therapist that I am today. I am a child of two immigrants who came to this country seeking a better life. I struggled along side them and learned how to work hard, how important the love of family was, and the importance of education. I was a boy who was an excellent student but who had attention issues and learned how to cope with this; being a gifted boy but not meeting the standards that the education system had set for me. I also learned how to have compassion for individuals immigrating from other countries and the LGBT plus community, being part of the community and having family members who have struggled through the process of acceptance.