I love working with people who are sensitive, reflective, and chingonas. Chingonas are badasses. They came out of darkness and pushed themselves to survival when life tried to take them down. You might be a chingona if you survived childhood trauma, racism, xenophobia, poverty, patriarchal expectations, people believing you are not good enough, or even the voice in the back of your head that says you are not good enough. If you want to reconnect with yourself, level up in life, and honor your full potential from a heart-centered approach, I am your girl.
I collaborate with people who want to heal, self-protect, let go of limiting expectations others have placed on them, and thrive. I do this work because I am tired of being silenced and kept small. I am tired of society placing unrealistic expectations, which we have to eat up. The expectations to be happy, glowing, quiet, and smiling weigh heavily on all. Let's break through the silence and get you feeling like yourself again.
My services are provided via online video counseling to help provide flexibility around your busy life. You will need a reliable internet connection and a private space to talk without interruptions. Babies and toddlers are always welcome in our space.
How I practice:
I work with clients from a place of compassion and non-judgment, informed by how diverse the human experience can be. Here are some tools I use:
Psychodynamic therapy centers on patterns of thinking and feeling that we develop from experiences throughout life, especially during childhood.
Mindfulness and self-compassion are based on talking and thinking about ourselves in the way we would someone we care about.
I filter all my work through a decolonized and anti-oppressive lens. My goal is for services to meet your specific needs honoring your inner strengths, culture, ancestors, and future descendants.
An LGBTQ+ affirming therapist
Health at every size practitioner
An anti-oppressive & anti-racist practitioner
A poly-affirming clinician
and a kink-positive therapist
As an immigrant Latina and a person of color, we will create a space to explore any issues of biases, prejudice, privilege, and racism that apply to your life journey. After all, how we experience the world will inevitably affect our mental health and well-being. You might notice from my photo that I have Vitiligo. I often share that I am a formerly Brown person and that Vitiligo significantly changed how I navigated the world when I was about 28.
Some other things you should know about me: my pronouns are she/her, I curse, I believe Black Lives Matter, and I think authenticity is essential to create good relationships and wholesome lives.
About Hummingbird Counseling:
I chose to name the practice Hummingbird Counseling in honor of hummingbirds’ special meaning. During a difficult time, I met an extraordinary mentor who introduced me to medicine cards. These cards are used as guidance and inspiration based on Native American beliefs. In my card spread, the missing item in my life was represented through the hummingbird. These very special birds represent joy, happiness, and beauty. Watching the hummingbird reminds us to actively seek the good in life and the beauty in every moment. This is a lesson that I hold close to my heart.
Hummingbird Counseling is a space of healing, connecting to joy, and finding the nectar of life. Within you is the capacity to create the life you want.
Educational and professional info:
I have been working in mental health since 2006 and providing psychotherapy since 2009. I have a Doctorate in Social Work from Capella University and focused my research on anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices in mental health. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated from FIU with a Master’s in Social Work in 2009. I have worked at various organizations, including a shelter for women and children, providing in-home therapy services and working with parents and young children impacted by trauma. I completed my infant mental health training at the Institute of Child and Family Health. I was trained in dyadic, child-parent therapy through the University of Miami’s Linda Ray’s Intervention Center. After working with parents and children, I became passionate about the specific needs of birthing people and young children. Thus, I obtained specialized training in perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International's training programs. I am certified in Perinatal Mental Health.
I am skilled in psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and trauma-specific therapies such as EMDR and Brainspottting. We will tailor your counseling depending on your specific needs.
I enjoy systems work and collaboration with our communities. As part of my interest in impacting the systems families navigate, I sit on the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health Board and the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. I spend a fraction of my time managing the intern/extern clinical therapy program at Perinatal Support Washington. I am also a certified Zero to Three expert faculty for the DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood and a Facilitating Atttuned Interactions (FAN) mentor and trainer for Cooper House.
I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) AAEDP-BIPOC committee. I served as the Chair for the Florida Chapter of Postpartum Support International, on the Broward Chapter of the Florida Infant Mental Health Association committee, and as the past President of the Florida Association for Play Therapy. I am a member of the National Association for Perinatal Social Workers, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and IAEDP.
These are great organizations to follow and support if you are looking for further resources.
You are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help, you will get well.
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DSW, LCSW, LICSW, PMH-C, RPT-S
Did you know that 1 in 5 women experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and even up to two years after the baby is born? For women of color, the rates are 1 in 3!
Overwhelming sadness, feeling spaced out, worrying constantly, crying uncontrollably, and not feeling like yourself are the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
As common as it is, these complications are rarely talked about and many individuals and families suffer in silence and are shocked when their symptoms first start. You might have found yourself trying to “get over it,” “move on,” and “just feel better” to no avail. This can be a very lonely and isolating experience for you and others who go through it. However, help is available.
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