PsyD Candidate in Counseling Psychology, University of St. Thomas
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Rochester
B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, University of Alabama
My professional interests include couples therapy, multicultural issues, depression, anxiety, family and group dynamics and identity concerns. Additionally, I’m interested in promoting wellness in historically marginalized and underserved populations. My research interests focus on utilizing narrative therapy techniques to address implicit bias.
Approach to Therapy
I view my theoretical orientation as an integration of Family Systems and Relational Cultural Theories infused with techniques and interventions from CBT and DBT. Family Systems works to understand the client within the context of the family and explore patterns that may be perpetuated through friendships, romantic relationships or others. The integration of the relational cultural lens allows me to view the client within their cultural context and explore the ways in which they are feeling connected and disconnected to their communities and other communities. I view the therapeutic relationship as an essential component of therapy and work to build a strongly attuned relationship through mutual empathy, connecting through humor and ensuring that the client feels seen, valued and heard.
Approach to Supervision
I utilize a collaborative and therapist-centered approach to supervision. By creating a space for the supervisee to feel safe, respected, challenged and empowered, my hope is that the supervisee feels autonomous in decision-making processes regarding their clients.
Approach to Wellness
My approach to wellness involves art and music. I enjoy painting, singing, playing music, yoga and dancing (formerly a certified Zumba instructor). Other approaches to wellness include enhancing my spirituality as well as spending time with family and friends.