My Approach to Helping
When you’re struggling to find your place in this white-, cis- and hetero-normative world, getting to know, embrace, and live fully as your true self can be a challenge. In the years I've been working in private practice, I've realized that not every therapist is right for every type of client. During this time, I've specialized most in helping clients who are exploring their place on the gender spectrum, whether you’re trans*, non-binary, or somewhere else on that journey of self-discovery, as well as those who are navigating the complex issues related to race and cultural identity. I treat individuals, families, and partnered-up folks, whether coupled, throupled, or any other partnership configuration. That said, I definitely still do plenty of work with anyone who just needs help coping with the issues that pop up during daily life.
I use a blend of different therapeutic approaches depending on the needs of my clients, but I primarily use the Internal Family Systems therapy model. I feel that this therapeutic approach displays the best understanding of the interconnectedness between current issues, past trauma, and epigenetic trauma that various populations face. This is especially true with regard to the issues of race and cultural identity. As a Latina myself, I know there are cultural differences that are seemingly small but greatly affect the daily lives of BIPOC, not to mention how you view your place within your family unit, both past and present. There are certain cultural competencies that come from lived experience and can't be learned in a classroom. The IFS model also does a great job of addressing the complicated journey of deconstructing gender and finding your place on that spectrum. As we work on better understanding all of the different parts of yourself, we can begin to uncover and remove the burdens caused by the rigid gender constructs of a cis-normative society.
I believe therapy is meant to help guide you toward your goals, not mine. You're not your trauma or your struggles, nor are you a vehicle for others' expectations (especially not a therapist's expectations). Together, we’ll work to find the resources that already exist within yourself so you can move forward into whatever future is best for you.