Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (AMFT 120681)
Supervised by Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D., (PSY 13102) and Danielle Neddo, Psy.D., (PSY29486)
“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Institute. I value the therapeutic relationship and hold it with care and compassion. Using a collaborative approach, I bring warmth and curiosity in my work with clients. I integrate aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic perspectives, and mindfulness. I believe that our bodies communicate emotions and signs that we may not be conscious of yet, and mindfulness can allow us to increase insight and awareness.
Cultural responsiveness is also important in my work with clients, and I explore the ways in which cultural identities influence their experiences of the world. As a Cuban and Puerto Rican American, I value the importance of examining the roles our intersecting identities play in our lives. I’ve lived in Miami, New Orleans, and Los Angeles – all cities with rich culture, diversity, and history. My lived experiences in each place, in addition to my own identity, have allowed me to recognize the importance of cultural sensitivity and awareness. I also have experience conducting sessions in both English and Spanish.
I have a passion for working with high school and college students as well as young adults. These stages of life present unique challenges, transitions, and exciting endeavors. In our work together, we will explore your evolving identity, challenges and goals. I have extensive experience working with Gen Z teens and young adults on the issue important to them. I led a chapter of a non-profit organization, Project H.E.A.L. (Help to Eat Accept Live), and I engaged students in weekly meetings and groups to talk about body image and serve as an advocate. I worked at a high school where many of my clients were immigrants. I was honored and privileged to witness their journeys through healing and to be in the space where they explored their trauma. I approach each individual I work with from a curious and sensitive lens. I also serve as an interviewer for Tulane University, which keeps me connected to campus life and various challenges students are navigating.
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Public Health from Tulane University. I then received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.