Who I am:

I am an active, friendly, Spanish-Speaking LMFT-Supervisor, and I believe 

therapy can promote healing and create positive change in your life. 

I have been practicing therapy for 10 years now but have spent over

16 years with youth/families in various settings: ministry, education,

coaching, leadership development, and nonprofit work in TX,

Central America, and California, where I received my MFT masters

degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. I then worked in

both secular and Christian nonprofit community mental health centers. 

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My passion: I desire to help people make peace with their anxiety and worry. I believe that the client who labels themselves as a "perfectionist" is the "perfect" client for me :)  I will soon teach you how to be "Present over Perfect," so   that you may develop a peaceful realization of how damaging this perfectionism is in our lives. I pray you lean the peaceful truth that you are enough.

I am trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Seeking Safety model, which both use CBT to help address trauma history as well as finding safe and healthy coping skills to deal with life's struggles. I also work from the Intuitive Eating Model with clients struggling to make peace with their body and food. With so many women struggling with disordered eating patterns, it is my deepest desire and passion to help them have a more intuitive and healthy relationship with eating, feeling full, and staying healthy and fit in a balanced way. Also, because of my seminary training, I am very confident to work with and integrate spiritual issues if found as resourceful or desired by the client to work through issues of faith, anger, forgiveness, reconciliation, etc.

My degrees/credentials:

Supervision:

I am an LMFT-Supervisor. Please email me directly if you would like to discuss becoming a supervisee of mine. I use both group and individual models of supervision. I am competent in various therapeutic models and theories: However, I primarily focus my own practice on CBT, psychodynamic, person-centered, restoration model, and teaching acceptance/self-compassion to name a few. My ideal supervisee can be seen on the "Who I See" page of this website.

 Over 16 years of experience working with people in the context of church ministry, the education system, coaching  sports, volunteering at an orphanage for a year and a half, 3 community mental health agencies, non-profit shelters,  and now in private practice. 

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 BS in Psychology and a BA in Religious Studies from University of Texas, Austin (2007) 

 MS in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA (2010)

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 Over the course of 5 years, I worked in California for 2 non-profit agencies doing community mental heath: 

 Foothill Family Service

 Dream Center, Los Angeles

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 I previously resided/was Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  

 in the state of California- License # 81073

 I am currently Licensed in the State of Texas- License #: 203374

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 I am a certified therapist in

 TFCBT: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 MAP: Managing and Adaptive Practices - life coping skills fitting varying diagnoses in children and teens

 Seeking Safety: helping individuals find safe coping when dealing with co occuring substance abuse      

            and history of trauma. This is specific also to self harm, disordered eating, fighting, and other risky behaviors

 WRAP-AROUND: team work facilitating families in crisis with 24/7 care: therapist, child specialist, and parent partner

 I also work from an of Intuitive Eating perspective when working with clients with body image issues. I  am also trained in psychodynamic, bowenian, strategic, emotionally-focused, narrative, and CBT theories. I have  practice in group therapy and couples work: restoration model, marital/sex therapy.