In addition to treating clients with anxiety, depression, academic overwhelm and cultural identity issues, I specialize in supporting clients who:
just left a religion and consider themselves newly secular
are considering joining a new religion and want to examine whether or not it fits their values
or are just looking for a therapist who promises to not bring any religion into therapy.
Being newly secular means that you might need support with:
overcoming religious trauma and Adverse Religious Experiences (AREs)
healing from purity culture
understand how High Control Religions (HCRs) work
creating a new sense of self
Maybe this is your first time considering therapy, and you're wondering how it would all work. I mean, there's probably been a lot of things that you've been keeping pretty close to your chest, and the idea of discussing them with a therapist might be... kind of weird. Although you know that theoretically therapy should be helpful, getting THAT real, THAT vulnerable, might seem not even icky, but also pretty scary, if not downright impossible. I get it. The good news is that you'll remain in charge throughout the whole process. It's a judgement-free zone where you can freely discuss what's going on for you and find practical ways forward. How's that sound?
You also might be worried that therapy might be a bit too 'woo-woo' of a process for you. Well, rest assured that at least with me, it won't be. The good news is that psychotherapy's long since left the realm of the nebulous and is considered a quantifiable process, firmly rooted in years of scientific research and evidence-based practice. As your therapist, I'll be there alongside to help you better understand how your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and experiences correlate.
Thanks to my life experiences I come to the therapeutic relationship from a variety of cultures. Think of me as an American / Latin-American / European hybrid. I know what it's like to adapt to new circumstances, and to learn how to summon the inner strength required to survive and thrive. English is the language I speak the best, and I also provide therapy in French and Spanish.
There're a million different reasons to go to therapy, and seeing me won't mean you are 'broken' or that there is anything 'wrong' with you. I get that many people believe this to be true, and it's a myth I would like to help dispel This stigma is rooted in the fact that at first, the main goal of therapy was to help people when they were feeling down or unwell. In addition, there are a lot of cultures in which keeping emotions to one's self, or at least within the family, is encouraged. With the advent of the Positive Psychology movement about 25 or 30 years ago, a shift happened. The goal went from solely taking people from, say, from a -10 up to, say, a 0... to studying how people can live fuller lives and enjoy improved mental health, meaning that clients in therapy can learn to go past a 0 and to on to higher rates of mental health. Pretty exciting stuff!
Reach out if you have any questions – you and I can have a 20-min. chat (well, more like a 20-min. minimum chat) before you decide if you would like to work with me. Remember, if you do decide to move forward and choose me as your therapist and then change your mind, no worries— what matters is that you find the right therapist for you!
Life is precious and we’re only here for pretty much the blink of an eye. My goal is to help my fellow humans make the very best of their time on Earth, or what scientist and astronomer Carl Sagan dubbed… the ‘Pale Blue Dot.’
I look forward to hearing from you!