About the Practice
I use a client-centered, collaborative, and culturally responsive approach to counseling. What exactly does that mean? Glad you asked. It means that my first goal is to create a safe space for you to tell your story free of judgement as we work together towards an authentic therapeutic relationship. I respect the courage it takes to initiate counseling support and thus, feel honored to join in an individual's or family's story, helping to identify areas where they are thriving, and teaching tools that can help clients achieve their goals. I specialize in issues of multicultural identity, but often incorporate mindfulness, coping skills, and self-compassion with all of my clients. When working with families or couples I approach problems as residing within the system and not a single person, and aim to foster an environment where each member feels affirmed and acknowledged.
What is Culturally Responsive Counseling?
I am incredibly passionate about fostering the process of exploring one’s cultural identity and offering a space that acknowledges the systemic socialization that often plays a role in how we view ourselves both in our relationships and in the world. While a client’s issues may not be rooted a cultural dynamic, many people experience the pain of “otherness” which can diminish their feelings of worthiness and belonging.
I also understand the importance of processing the trauma of institutionalized oppression and shedding the weight that comes with the day to day experience of microaggressions, prejudice, and stereotypes often faced by our society's marginalized communities.
About the Counselor
Hello again! For starters, I'm born and raised here in Austin, Texas. While most of my life has been in Texas, it was during my four years living in Seattle that I discovered and cultivated my passion for working within marginalized communities through a career in social work and youth development. I have experience offering a variety of services including facilitation of in-school and after-school groups, leading workshops for both youth and adults, and creating group curriculum focused on cultural communication, social skills, and more. In 2015, I graduated with honors from St. Edward's University with a dual degree in Individual and Marriage & Family Counseling. In my free time I can be found cooking up a feast in my kitchen with my toddler (she's an amazing sous chef), exploring new spots around town, and spinning records at home with a good book in hand. I am currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate supervised by Michelle Silva Segura, LPC-S, LMFT-S, SEP.