I am originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to the USA as a teenager. I am fully bilingual in Spanish and English. I am a wife, mother of a toddler, daughter, sibling and much more. I enjoy attending to family events and ballet performances in my free time.
My graduate degree in Health Psychology helped me understand the psychological factors involved in behavior and physical health and illness. I feel very grateful for the opportunity to grow in education alongside using my counseling skills in my three-year graduate assistantship as a career counselor at Career Services at Texas State University-San Marcos. I was also able to secure a year internship in eating disorders at Eating Recovery Center at San Antonio, Texas, an outpatient program.
In the midst of finishing my thesis, I began my work as a bilingual counselor at a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas. Through my work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, I discovered my true calling as a counselor. Most of my work has been with the Spanish speaking population, including adults, children, and families. In addition, my work in a school setting has increased my skills in working with children.
Early in my career, I noticed that it was not enough to deal with feelings, thoughts, and behaviors to promote change. So I decided to pursue a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing®. Through this training, I became aware of the role that our sensations play in our lives. Our bodies are like a blueprint of our experiences. I feel blessed to have developed the skills needed to support the body in what is needed to move on from trauma (developmental or shock trauma). I am able to effectively apply the tools I learned in SE with my work with adults, children, and teens of different ethnicities and flavors of life. In addition, I completed EMDR basic training in 2015. I recently became a Certified Therapist in EMDR.
As most of my work is with families, children, and teens, I pursued additional training in Play Therapy. I find that play is the child’s language and toys are their words (Play Therapy: The Art of Relationship by Gary Landreth). It brings me a lot of joy to see family dynamics at play and to foster change while building secure parent-child attachment, improving communication, and ultimately creating a deeper sense of love and respect for the members in a family. I recently became a Registered Play Therapist.
Through play therapy training, I was introduced to Sandtray Therapy by a dear colleague of mine. Thanks to Karen Burker, LPC-S, RPT-S’ trainings, I am able to offer sandtray therapy to my clients who are ready to explore a deeper side of the self. In sum, I offer an array of approaches as I understand that there is not a single counseling approach that fits all.