You may be wondering what therapy is like, and if you’ve never been to therapy it may feel foreign, but it is really an experience in personal growth. Everyone has challenges, but therapy can help you get beyond life issues that are draining your energy. If you have gone to therapy, you know that a good therapist joins you in that journey and provides the support needed to make life choices manageable and change negative patterns causing dissatisfaction in your life.
My approach to helping is to validate your strengths and maximize your ability to positively cope through life challenges. I work with individuals, couples, families and children, and provide the support needed to create healing. I use whatever tools are acceptable to my clients so they feel a part of the healing process. This might require Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques which includes: cognitive restructuring, progressive desensitization to relaxation exercises. I trained for 2 years in a program that only used CBT with Hispanic adults and children that provided expert supervision and training. I am also bilingual and fluent in Spanish.
I use play therapy and sand tray to work with children, as I have found these are the most successful tools. I have had parents question play as helpful when I worked at All Faith’s but they very soon learned the benefits as their child’s behavior improved and as the child insisted on returning to therapy. I learned to work with Sand Tray in my graduate program at San Francisco State University, as well as taking classes at the Sand Tray Institute with Theresa Kestly in Corrales, NM. I have worked with the following populations: Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ community, Multisystemic Therapy, individuals with an Intellectual Disability, Geriatrics, Headstart families/children, sexually abused children and more.
I have over 30 years of experience and in my community and am recognized as a “Curandera”, a traditional healer. I bring concepts of traditional healing to my clients encouraging them to heal themselves with my support. This involves paying attention to their energy and using tools to enhance that energy for increased success and happiness. In my private life, I am also an Aztec Dancer and participate in various indigenous ceremonies.