INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS
I have provided individual, family, and group therapy to communities of color and queer and transgender people in the Bay Area for over 9 years, which builds on prior experience doing community organizing and popular education work. I have extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults dealing with complex trauma, severe anxiety and depression, substance use issues, attachment-related difficulties, and the impacts of community violence, incarceration, and immigration-related trauma. I love supporting people in making meaning of their experiences, feeling more connected and seen, and deepening their understanding of their own identities. I enjoy working with people who are open to self-reflection, curiosity, and emotional engagement and see healing as a life-long process. My theoretical orientation is Relational Psychodynamic and I also integrate Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy approaches into my work.
My specialities include working with people who:
-Have chronically found themselves in relationships that don't feel supportive, useful, and/or reciprocal and are seeking ways to shift their ways of relating and connecting
-Have felt alone, disconnected, and/or like they don't belong
-Want to explore the ways their multiple, intersecting identities impact their mental health and well-being, and develop strategies for coping with stressors related to experiences of oppression
-Immigrants or children of immigrants who want to explore their relationship to language, culture, immigration histories, status, and race
-Are experiencing chronic depression and/or anxiety and struggle with self-love
-Are seeking to improve their ability to communicate their needs and feelings, and advocate for themselves.
I provide bilingual (Spanish/English) individual and group consultation for unlicensed and licensed clinicians. My hope is to support healers in providing transformational mental health services to their clients. My interests include working with clinicians who want to:
-strengthen and refine their capacity to think about issues of power/privilege and individual and systemic oppression in their clinical work and better address these with clients.
-utilize a psychodynamic framework while also integrating Evidenced-Based Practices including DBT, CBT, TF-CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
-build their knowledge of working with clients with complex trauma and/or attachment-related difficulties
-utilize specific theories and readings in consultation to enhance their clinical knowledge and application
-develop a clearer sense of Self as a therapist and establish a professional and clinical lens
-understand and make use of enactments, transferences, and projective identifications in the clinical work
-improve skills in navigating, collaborating with, and advocating within complex systems and workplaces in order to better serve marginalized clients.
I am a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Latina licensed clinical social worker based in Oakland, California. I provide individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults, as well as supervision/consultation for unlicensed and licensed clinicians. I received my Masters in Social Work from the Smith School for Social Work and have been providing intensive services in community mental health settings for the last 9 years. I work from a Relational Psychodynamic approach wherein I believe the clinical relationship is the primary mode of healing. My approach is warm, thoughtful, and curious. Considering the impacts of individual and structural oppression on the Self and our communities is a fundamental part of my values and reflected in the way I work. I strongly believe in the healing work that can be done in therapy both at an individual level and as a strategy for building power. Individual healing is collective healing and can support our work of transforming the world into a more equitable and just place.
My fee is $150 for a 50 minute individual session. Payment is due at the time of session, and it may be made in cash or check. I accept MediCal Insurance.
I do not take other insurance, but can provide you with receipts for our sessions which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. You will need to contact your insurance company to find out what your coverage is for an “out-of-network” provider.
Please contact me to discuss fees for supervision. Fees depend on frequency and duration of meetings.
I practice in Oakland, California. Please call or email me if you are interested in psychotherapy or consultation services. We can set up a time to talk so that you can ask any questions you may have, and we can identify whether we are a good fit for one another at this time.