My Approach to Helping
Whether you are stuck making a significant life decision, feel overwhelmed by life, feel hopeless or detached from your own power, or simply cant seem to connect with others in a meaningful way, you likely are reading this because you want to reach a better place. I can point you to new roads, give you concrete tools to use every day and make you feel heard and understood. I help people who are having relationship problems improve their communication skills, navigate conflict and disagreements, set healthy boundaries, make confident decisions, overcome guilt and shame and reach forgiveness of self and others.
I will not ignore your cultural background or the effects that societal values play on your current situation. I use a combination of approaches from cutting edge developments in the field including neuroscience informed interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, couples and family therapy, mindfulness and trauma treatment.
Taking a step to trust a stranger with the most vulnerable aspects of your self takes immense courage. I will be honored to meet you and Im happy to point you in the right direction if we are not a good match. I offer one of the most adaptable scheduling policies you will find out here so don't hesitate to reach out.
More Info About My Practice
I have over 10 years of experience treating anxiety, depression, panic attacks, grief, OCD, relationship-marital issues, cultural adjustment and trauma. I am kink-poly-trans-LGBQ affirming and recognize the value of culture, community, spirituality and faith practices that shape the individual.
I practice using an integrative approach drawing from various styles and modalities to better tailor the therapy experience of each client to meet their needs and rhythm. I can provide therapy in English or Spanish and have over 8 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults (individuals, and couples). I am a New York State licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board-Certified Music Therapist.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Wether you are considering therapy or you are merely curious to learn more about its nature, this entry is meant to increase your knowledge regarding important factors to consider when searching for a therapist. The process of finding a therapist can be daunting. There are hundreds of therapists out there, each specializing on a wide variety of different approaches to psychotherapy.
Usually, whatever is bringing a person to make the decision to find a therapist is already taking a considerable amount of their mental and emotional resources; This makes navigating the internet, and scrolling through countless therapist profiles an even more challenging and sometimes confusing feat. On top of this, the process may be isolating, since sharing an interest to get therapy with others is still a source of embarrassment and anxiety to most people due to the intrinsic taboos and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues.
So, how does one decide what therapist to go to? What's the difference between the various approaches and what does science tell us about them?
Almost obvious Influential factors may include your insurance's coverage, the therapist's gender, their sexual orientation, race, and age, their location, and of course, wether or not they have an available time slot that matches with your schedule. There is something to be said about each of these important factors and how they can influence the nature of your relationship with your therapist, however, due to the scope of this entry let it suffice to say that honoring your preferences regarding these factors will increase the chances that your working alliance with your therapist will be strong. A working alliance is essentially the achievement of collaboration between you and your therapist which includes the agreement and willingness on behalf of both parties to engage in and do the work that leads to improvement; It is very important.
Aside from the economic and socio-cultural factors mentioned before, there is one crucial influential aspect that will significantly change the quality, quantity and the nature of your work in therapy: The therapist's approach.
As mentioned before, during your search for a therapist you will encounter many labels therapists use in their personal statements in an effort to communicate their approach to potential new clients. Among many others, keywords you are likely to find include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, dialectic-behavioral, Adlerian, psychoanalytic, person-centered, existential, reality therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based, gestalt, creative arts therapy, solution-focused, rational emotive behavioral therapy, integrative, etc.
The therapist's approach is usually a result of their specific training and it is to a certain degree a reflection of their on personal interests and beliefs.
The reason there is such a diverse plethora of approaches stems from the complex nature of the field of psychology and the juxtaposition of different philosophical schools of thought informing each theoretical approach. Unfortunately for most people, public knowledge regarding what distinguishes these approaches is limited and often shrouded in cultural and generational stereotypes and misinformation.
Lastly, it is important to note that your therapist's personality and its compatibility with yours will also play a big role in the development of a good working alliance. As with any other relationship, the inherent chemistry between the two parties
The good news is that recent research suggests that making the decision to find a therapist and actually doing the search marks the beginning of the therapeutic process of change. Researchers explain that this is due to the fact that the self-preserving nature of acting on the desire to get help, is in itself a form of behavioral activation, and the first step to break the chain of cognitive, behavioral and emotional patterns that have cause the disturbance that ultimately has led you to search for external help.