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About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Oakland, CA. I received my master's degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco in the Expressive Arts Therapy program. I worked in community mental health conducting individual and group therapy with elementary-aged children for four years. I worked for two years conducting individual therapy with teens and family therapy with teens and parents, as well as parent support. I am certified in Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy. I started my private practice in the Fall of 2020, working mostly with adults from marginalized and disenfranchised communities (BIPOC & LGBTQI). I conduct individual, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as presentations and workshops.

I identify as cis-gendered and bi-racial (Chicana and white). I am open and loving of all differences. I have a life-long commitment to social justice, equity, and undoing racism, and I work towards cultural humility and sensitivity. I have been on my own recovery journey for years, which has led to choosing what issues I specialize in. I believe that being a therapist with a lived experience of mental health recovery is powerful, especially because my own suffering and healing can benefit others. I have also experienced the power of the arts, having studied viola and taught public school orchestra, healing and transforming through expressive arts therapy, and utilizing the arts to make social change.

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Qualifications

Education and Training

Master’s in Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, California Institute of Integral Studies 2016

Master of Music (viola), University of New Mexico 2006

Bachelor of Music Education, Loyola University New Orleans, LA 2002

Bay Area Community Resources MFT traineeship, Richmond, CA 2015/2016

Music, Rhythm, and Movement facilitator trainings in Santa Cruz, CA (100 hours) 2010-2013

Facilitative Leadership training with Interaction Institute for Social Change (30 hours) 2012

 

 

Professional Experience

Lincoln MDFT (Multi Dimensional Family Therapy), Bilingual Clinician, Oakland, CA 2019-2021

Ann Martin Center, Team Lead Clinician, Oakland, CA 2018/2019

Seneca Family of Agencies, Bilingual Outpatient Therapist, Oakland, CA 2016-2018

Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, Production Coordinator, Bay Area CA 2014-2016

Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative (BAEHC), Program Coordinator, Bay Area CA 2010-2013

SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP), Arts and Culture organizer, Albuquerque, NM 2004-2009

Rio Grande High School and Polk Middle School, Orchestra Director, Albuquerque, NM 2002-2008

Involvement & Memberships

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 2020-present

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 2020-present

Oakland Healing Clinic Collective, volunteer, Oakland, CA 2015-present

La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA 2010-2016

Women of Color Coaching Circle, member, Oakland, CA (monthly) 2012-2015