Thank you for visiting my website. I want to take this opportunity to tell you about how I became a child therapist. Whenever I try to remember where it all started, I think back to when I was about 10 years old and the book I read on child abuse, and then that one movie scene when I saw for the first time what occurred in a child therapy session. It was those two moments that inspired to pursue my career in child and adolescent counseling.
I also remember the first time I fell in love with play therapy. While in graduate school, I got my first therapy case, a child exhibiting behavior issues at school. I decided to set up a “classroom” using puppets in the playroom, and role played appropriate behaviors. During supervision, I learned that these were techniques from play therapy and was encouraged to pursue a specialization in play therapy and I did.
I believe things fall into place eventually. Adoption and foster care has always had a special place in my heart both professionally and personally. The recent neuroscience research on trauma and attachment is absolutely fascinating and seems to be a topic that has exploded in the field. Over the last few years, my training has focused primarily on attachment and trauma treatment. I am excited to be in a place in my life and career to offer families through adoption my support and guidance.
While I have been dedicated to my career and the families I serve, I also have my own little family. I am married to my best friend, my husband is my biggest supporter. Life has given us two beautiful children, who have taught me so much about myself and are my daily motivation. I love that I can genuinely understand how exhausting yet unbelievably wonderful parenting can be. We also have a fur child, a rescue pup, whom I hope to one day finish training as a therapy dog. When I am not in the office, I am usually busy with my little ones. We love food and enjoy laughing, music and being outdoors. My life is definitely not perfect but I strive for balance to help me stay grounded and I often encourage my clients to do the same.
I am bi-lingual in English and Spanish. I am Colombian, born in Bogota, immigrated as toddler to New York. My family moved to South Florida, where I attended high school. I definitely recall how it felt to have to start all over again at a new school in a new state. Working with teenagers, keeps my own high school memories alive, the good and the bad. My own life has had its shares of twists and turns, I find myself drawing from either my own experiences or those of others I have met in my life to relate to my clients. I am down to earth, playful and humorous, allowing me to connect quickly with your child and teen.
My credentials are listed below. If you believe that I am a good fit for your child, contact me today.
Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH9715
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselor Interns
Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider
Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner
Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) Psychology, Florida International University, 2002
Master’s Degree (MSE.d) Mental Health Counseling, University of Miami, 2006