If you are interested in exploring therapy, “start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” This quote by Arthur Ashe speaks to the power you already have within. My job is to join you on your journey and elevate and reflect on the wisdom inside.
I am a bilingual-bicultural, indigenous Latine Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and have experience working with individuals, families, and groups experiencing generalized anxiety and depression symptoms. My specialties are working with immigrant, first-generation Latine/Latinx individuals, seeking to navigate and understand their cultural identity and the anxiety and/or depression caused by immigration and legal status. My approach to therapy is also conducive to someone wanting to focus attention on substance use management, adjustment issues, gender, cultural and sexual identity exploration, conflict resolution, and crisis de-escalation.
My goal as a therapist is to join you and collaborate with you. I believe our environment and culture play a significant role in our behavior, influencing how we show up in the different spaces we navigate. One of the goals in therapy is to understand how the systems and spaces you interact with are impacting the various dimensions of you (physical, intellectual, interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual). I use a trauma and resilience-informed approach, focusing on your individual and community strengths alongside non-western modalities to build rapport and safety. I welcome and encourage feedback, which guides therapeutic goals.
What an exciting journey you are about to embark on; it might and will be scary and uncomfortable at times, and you will never be alone.
Sliding Scale / BCBS PPO and Blue Choice / USHIP