When life gets intense and overwhelming you may feel like you're stuck and can’t move forward. As a therapist, I am here to listen and provide a safe space for you to explore your goals. I am passionate about supporting clients to work through and heal from trauma.
Reach out if you struggle with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, or are having major life/role changes. I work with adults, including older adults (65+), active duty and military veterans, as well as teenagers.
I learned about crisis intervention working as a community social worker for the Bellevue Fire Department CARES program. I provided support for issues ranging from substance use, untreated mental health conditions, homelessness, as well as elder and child abuse/neglect. I was honored to provide the community with support and access to available resources.
After working at the Fire Department, I worked in a local hospital in emergency services where I provided crisis intervention, and mental health screenings. Upon graduating with my Master’s degree at the height of COVID (June 2020) I continued working at the hospital in the emergency services and medical surgical unit.
Working in hospitals and fire departments provided me with firsthand knowledge of Trauma Informed Care, crisis management, DBT skills, psychoeducation, substance education, and supporting families/clients managing end of life issues.
My motto is, taking care of your mind allows you to take care of your body.
I am a first generation Mexican-American, my parents immigrated to the U.S. in the mid 1970’s from Mexico. I identify as a Person of Color and Latinx. I grew up in California in a predominantly Latinx community, my first language is Spanish. I am a first generation college student and a military veteran. I served four tours in support of OIF/OEF.
I exercise and practice mindfulness daily to be healthy in body and mind. I am married and have two young children.
University of Washington, Tacoma. BA in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Social Justice
University of Washington, Seattle. Master of Social Work. Health/Mental Health concentration
Motivational Interviewing (University of Washington)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (University of Washington)
Trauma Informed Care (Overlake Hospital Emergency Department)
Caring for Persons with Life-Limiting Illnesses (University of Washington)
DBT Skills (Overlake Hospital Emergency Department)
Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License
WA State, SC61070472