Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
First of all, you may refer to me with he, him, and his pronouns. For example, “He went to the bathroom.” In the following paragraph, I highlight moments of my own life that are significant to my personal and professional values.
Brief Bio: My parents and I immigrated to Miami, FL from La Habana, Cuba in 1995. I was raised in West Palm Beach, FL. My mom’s worked primarily in retail and childcare. My dad’s worked primarily in construction and maintenance. I attended public schools between K-12. When I was fifteen years old, I came out to them and we went to one session of family therapy together. Later in life, by recommendation of a professor, I participated in my first individual experience of therapy at the college’s counseling service. In my twenties, I found it helpful to consult with a variety of wellness professionals on my own mental health concerns. In 2016, I married my husband and we moved to San Antonio the following year for me to attend Our Lady of the Lake University.
In 2020, after completing my degree program, I was diagnosed with ADHD for the first time ever. After a year’s long process of medication management and adapting processes, I found what works for me. This necessarily included acknowledging the disabling effects of certain societal expectations, specifically those rooted in neurotypicality and capitalisam.
My Approach to Therapy
My approach to therapy centers on systems, especially the family (chosen, blood, etc.), even in individual sessions. Therapy creates a space for resolving issues, managing conflict, and also finding a greater understanding of your personal and relational goals and values. As we build towards solutions in the session, the work will be collaborative and tuned in to the stories you bring. When considering my own participation in a therapy session, my direction is guided by one of three A’s:
- How can I accompany you (or y’all) in session as you share important and possibly sensitive stories?
- How can I advocate and be in your corner when you’re facing an unfair system or unjust roadblocks?
- How can we use my experience and my reach to help you (or y’all) access important tools and resources?
Selection of Topics
The following includes some areas I have experience with when working with families, couples (or partners), and individuals in therapy:
- Death in the Family
- Disability of Family Member
- Foster Care and Child Protective Services
- Incarcerated Family Member
- Parenting Kids with High Needs
- Abortion & Miscarriage
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Non-Monogamous Relationships
- Separation & Divorce
- Sex & Intimacy
- Excessive Use or Addiction
- Mental Health Conditions
- Physical Disability
- Psychosocial Disability
- Suicidal Ideation
- Traumatic Experience