The combination of growing in the salad bowl cultures of South Florida coupled with being homeschooled K-12 made it apparent that my life was unorthodox. Growing up in a life so different from everyone around me contributed to my high sense of curiosity about human behaviors. I come from a family of scientists, so analyzing things comes very naturally to me. Little did I know that curiosity is one of the core traits of a therapist.
For many years, I babysat and nannied numerous families and found myself intrigued to have a window into their world. I noticed the things that worked well, and their underlying tensions. I feel immense gratitude for the families I worked for and for the immediate trust they placed in sharing their inner worlds with me. This drives my passion for family therapy and more specifically, counseling parents.
I attended Florida Atlantic University and received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology. These degrees allowed me to gain an understanding of intersectionality and strengthen my sense of multicultural awareness. During this time, I also received a certificate in Professional and Technical Writing (for fun). After I graduated, I became a Registered Behavior Technician and worked one-on-one with children who were on the spectrum and other related disorders. I felt excited to learn about the science of applied behavioral analysis but found myself driven to learn more about the emotional understanding of behaviors. I applied to Palm Beach Atlantic University and decided to pursue a dual Master of Science in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Concentration in Crisis and Trauma. During my time at PBAU, I spent a year at my internship site and developed a specialty in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Finally, I found something that addressed both my interest in behaviorism and synthesized it with the emotion and nuance I needed. Now as a therapist at Regaining Connections, I’ve been given the opportunity to use my experience to work primarily with couples. This has allowed me to continue merging my interests and do what I love, heal generational trauma.
What am I doing when I’m not in the therapy room?
During my free time, you will find me socializing because I am extremely extroverted. If I am home, my two cats are by my side. I enjoy traveling, writing poetry, and going to spin class. I have a passion for lifelong education, so I usually am learning about something new either formally or informally.
I look forward speaking with you face to face and being in the presence of your energy. To reach out takes a lot of strength and honesty but if you are reading this, I believe you already are on the path of creating a life or relationship that you will thrive in.