I grew up in a multilingual/multicultural environment (with an American mother, a Spanish father, going back and forth between countries…) I am what you would call a “third culture person”. I understand the many advantages but also the challenges that come with not having a single cultural identity and not feeling fully “rooted” in just one place.
My interest in understanding different people within their own cultural context led me to study psychology. It was while pursuing my BS in Clinical Psychology that I found my passion for working with kids and teens in a therapeutic setting.
I have worked with children from many different cultures in places like Colorado, San Diego, Ghana and Spain, and it continues to be my professional focus as well as my reward.
My therapeutic expertise is centered on working with children with trauma as well as attachment and other emotional problems. With younger kids I prefer to use Play Therapy as I understand it to be the natural way children learn, process and heal. With teens and “more verbal” children I use modalities such as expressive arts, sand tray and more talk therapy-centered approaches like CBT.