Professional Counselor Associate
Evaluating our symptoms is a bridge to healing. Symptoms direct us toward the source of our suffering in order to find solace.
12250 SW 2nd Street
Suite A #102
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2018
Languages: English, Español
Human beings adapt to life. Humans beings adopt behaviors to avoid conflict, to fight stressors, or to suppress difficult emotions. Over time, the behaviors cause disease or distress. Behavioral adaptations modify the personality. Behavior tells the story the body holds. The client explores their story in counseling, restoring a soulful well-being. I work with clients who are ready to delve into what lies beneath the surface to externalize what longs to be seen.
A Jungian orientation offers a warm, creative, and inviting space for the exploration of personal stories, dreams, and myths. The counselor and the client observe aspects of personality, patterns of behavior, the use of language, and creative imagination. A soulful approach allows the client to feel and explore their inner world. The client gains emotional insight and develops an understanding of the experience called life. The client identifies their values and forges a new identity.
Using the insight garnered from our personal work, CBT offers the tools to restructure our thought patterns, modify our emotional responses, and create practical solutions to adapt new healthy behaviors and patterns that lead to successful mental health outcomes.
Depression is a debilitating and paralyzing experience of the soul and spirit. Depression lives differently in everyone. I utilize a multifaceted approach that includes soulful explorations, mindfulness, CBT, and unconditional positive regard to work with a client's whole being and life experience.
Anxiety is a symptom of uncertainty, experiencing the unknown, and the inability to quiet the 'noise' that permeates our being. I believe in approaching anxiety with mindfulness, stream of consciousness to reveal what lies beneath the surface, and behavior modification.
Systems of oppression permeate every moment of our lives. Racism, sexism, and classism are few of the many systems of oppression that have been part of our story whether we are aware of it or not. Understanding how oppression has affected my personal being, I am able to work with clients to create a safe authentic space to honor their whole experience, and see them for who they are.
As a Latino gay male in his 40s, my compassion is informed by my survival as an out teenager during the late 80s and 90s during the time of AIDS. LGBTQ issues include self-esteem, code switching, family attachments, feeling safe, forging your own identity, and being seen. I create a loving and safe environment that embraces every aspect of the LBGTQ client.
Drawing from my experience and identity as a Mexican American person, I understand the nuanced experience of code switching and managing family and social dynamics that come with being bicultural and bilingual (Spanish/English) in a mainstream dominant culture. Immigration issues create additional barriers that affect familial and social interactions.
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