Are you struggling with anxiety rooted in difficulties parenting, religious trauma and/or being a multiethnic person? You look like you have it all together from the outside, but internally you're struggling with fear, guilt, and shame. You struggle to advocate for yourself and get so stuck in caring for others, that your needs are always pushed aside.
Maybe you're experiencing confusion and isolation as you navigate having an ethnic and cultural experience that doesn't fit neatly into any box. You want to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance in your ethnic identity, but it is hard to find a safe space to process your feelings and experiences.
Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed and triggered by the challenges of being a parent and don't know how to take care of your needs when you're so focused on caring for your child(ren). You want to parent differently than you were parented but it is so difficult to do this when you keep getting pulled into anxiety that leaves you exhausted and frustrated.
Maybe you grew up in a high control religion and were able to leave but are now realizing how much that experience shaped you and are just realizing how much more healing there is to do.
However anxiety and fear is showing up in your life, I am here to support you in processing these feelings and finding more ease in your life. I know it can be so hard to know where to begin. You don’t have to walk this path alone. With me as your steady support and guide, you can work through your fears and worries. As your path and direction becomes more clear, you can begin to find more connection to yourself and those that you love.
I am Latina transplant to Oregon from New Mexico and California. I am a Latina that grew up in a mixed Mexican, Guatemalan and White home. I grew up in a high control religion and left that religion as a teen and have been on a journey since then of healing and repair from that experience. I am a parent and it was when I became a mother that I realized how much was left to be healed within myself if I was going to break intergenerational patterns of trauma. It is so hard to do this while you are parenting. Before becoming a therapist in my 30’s, I was focused for most of my early adulthood in the arts - theater, dance, and video art. My personal experiences have always drawn me to wanting to understand what it means to be human, with its potential for joy and also for great struggle and suffering. I never get tired hearing the stories and experiences that shape and impact all of us. As a therapist I approach my work with creativity and want to support my clients to connect with their creativity in their healing and in finding ways to engage with creativity to support mental health.
I completed my Masters in Social Work at Portland State University in 2016. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oregon and Washington since Fall 2020. I completed my BA in 2002 from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Dramatic Art and Cultural Anthropology. The focus of my training and work for over a decade was with children, youth and families running after school programs and then transitioning to being a therapist to kids and teens from age 7-21. During my work in community mental health I completed my Basic EMDR Training in 2019. I began to work more and more with adults and realized I wanted to shift the focus of my work to adults only. My training and understanding about child development is helpful for adults healing childhood wounds as well as for adults that are caregiving for small humans.
I do not accept insurance. If requested I can provide a superbill if you have out of network benefits with your insurance provider.
I work with Individuals 18+
5 years of clinical experience
Working with clients via telehealth in Oregon and Washington