As a clinician, I enter the therapeutic situation with empathy and curiosity, and aim to offer a safe and confidential space where you may understand your experience. My therapeutic approach is informed by psychoanalytic theory, which looks to past experiences to understand identity, personality, and functioning. My work is also influenced by analytic and humanistic psychology, and is grounded in a relational framework that encourages reflection, mindfulness, and awareness of one's internal dialogue. While insight is an important component of this work, I may also encourage active reflection and guidance in order to enhance coping and facilitate change.
The initial sessions will explore onset of symptoms and significant life events, and consider the impact of family of origin, environment/culture, and current stressors. The process of therapy is highly individualized and the focus will differ based on presenting issues and client needs. Through our work, you may become more aware of the influences that shape who you are, the ways in which you move through the world, and your ability to make more conscious choices.
I earned my doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University and completed internship and post-doctoral training at The Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Areas of advanced training include. psychodynamic psychotherapy, Latina/o mental health, and Dialogue Therapy.
I have experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health clinics, intensive outpatient, day treatment and dual diagnosis programs, and inpatient psychiatric units. I have been in private practice in South Florida since 2001, and offer psychotherapy and consultation services in English and Spanish.
I am a member of the Florida Psychoanalytic Council, the Institute for Dialogue Therapy, the American Psychological Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.