I aim to enter the therapeutic situation with empathy and curiosity, with the hope of offering a safe and confidential space where you may explore your experience. While treatment is individualized, the initial sessions generally focus on obtaining a history of the factors bringing you to therapy. This often includes an identification of symptoms and current life circumstances, as well as an exploration of family of origin themes and relational patterns. Through this work, you may be able to recognize the influences that impact your identity, contextualize the ways in which you relate to yourself and others, and increase your ability to make conscious choices.
My therapeutic approach is informed by psychoanalytic theory, which looks to past influences to understand identity, personality, and interpersonal functioning. My therapeutic stance is also influenced by analytic and humanistic psychology, and is based in a relational framework that promotes self-awareness and encourages increased mindfulness. While insight is an important component of the work, I also offer practical orientation to enhance coping and facilitate change. I have worked in the South Florida area since 2001, and offer psychotherapy and consultation services in English and Spanish.
education and training
I earned my doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University, and completed internship and postdoctoral training at the The Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Areas of specialization include psychodynamic psychotherapy, Latina/o mental heath, and Dialogue Therapy.
I am member of the Florida Psychoanalytic Council, the Institute for Dialogue Therapy, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.