I believe the most important ingredient for successful counseling is a comfortable, trusting relationship, and that an authentic emotional connection is a fundamental human need. Counseling offers a place to create and nurture a relationship with healthy boundaries.
After receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Duke University, I taught high school courses in the Dominican Republic. My favorite part of this year abroad was learning about my students and hearing their life stories. I later obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University, and then managed a team of social workers at a summer camp in the north Georgia mountains. I worked as a Bilingual Service Coordinator for five years at Denver Options, now Rocky Mountain Human Services, where I helped families with children with developmental disabilities navigate their educational, medical, and therapeutic needs. I’ve been licensed and in private practice since April 2009. Currently, I’m pursuing AASECT certification for sex therapy under the supervision of Dr. Neil Cannon. In 2020, I completed certification as an MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapist and I’m eager to be able to offer it once the FDA re-schedules the medicine.
Since moving to Denver, I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors of cityWILD, a non-profit organization that teaches students leadership and community-building skills through outdoor experiential education. I’m involved with the Roots & Branches Foundation, a philanthropy program of the Rose Community Foundation. I’m an active member of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a supporter of OneColorado, and I volunteer with the Anti-Defamation League.
I lose track of time when I’m reading fiction, playing Scrabble or dancing to Motown music.