I would describe my therapy approach as person and strength based. I have five years of experience working with culturally diverse children, youth, adolescents, and families struggling with a variety of mental illnesses that include anxiety, depression, trauma and borderline personality disorder. In addition I have over ten years of experience working with children and families with behavioral health struggles and children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD and other developmental disorders.
My philosophy is: we are shaped by our thoughts, emotions and behaviors therefore with time and effort change is always possible. We are all capable of change and growth. With the utilization of various evidence based practices (CBT, DBT, Mindfulness) my goal is to assist in empowering children, adolescents and families navigate any social or behavioral concerns that may arise.
My Professional Background
I received my Bachelors degree in Sociology and minor in Clinical Psychology at University of California Santa Barbara. I have worked with children and teenagers for more than 12 years and have a passion for working with culturally diverse population. I received my Master of Social Work degree in 2014 from California State University of Dominguez Hills. I have extensive experience in private practice settings and at Harbor UCLA Children and Adolescent unit. I am an LCSW and BCBA in the state of California.
Education, Training, and Certifications
- University of California Santa Barbara (B.A. Sociology)
- California State University Dominguez Hills (M.S.W)
- Fluent in Spanish
- Introduction to the DMH Infancy, Childhood, and Relationship Enrichment Initial Assessment (ICARE) (Project ABC)
- Parent Child Interaction Training (Children’s Hospital University of California, Davis)
- Trauma Focused CBT (Medical University of South Carolina)
- TF-CBT with Childhood Traumatic Grief (Medical University of South Carolina)
- Child and Adolescent Psychotraumatology (Harbor UCLA, 8 weeks course)
- Fundamentals of Play Therapy (Harbor UCLA, 5 weeks course)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Behavioral Tech)
- Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, Grief & Loss: Multiple Placements & Multiple Losses, Internal Scars, Childhood Trauma and Domestic Violence (Foster and Kinship Care Education Program from Los Angeles City College
When I have free time I love to enjoy nature by going on walks and/or hikes. I love to listen to music and love to go to the beach.