Before starting Therapy Talk, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Florida State University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from University of Miami. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Florida. I’ve gained clinical experience working in community mental health, substance abuse treatment, correctional, and child welfare settings.
I completed my clinical practicums at Miami Job Corps Center and Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC). I was granted a Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) fellowship by the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (APA MFP). This grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided further training and education for treating transition aged youth.
Throughout my career, I have listened to both men and women from various backgrounds. I believe these experiences have shaped me into a diverse, culturally sensitive clinician. I received foundational training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I also have formal training in Trauma Informed Care and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). While working at a substance abuse treatment facility, I furthered my education in addiction interventions including Motivational Interviewing and 12-Step Program. In this setting, I also facilitated Anger Management and Seeking Safety (trauma and substance use disorder recovery) groups regularly.