Training & Experience
My desire to help others goes back to when I was 18 years-old and figuring out what to do with my life. Therapy played a huge role in my adolescence and young adulthood, so I pursued a career in mental health and therapy. I was a competitive gymnast as a child and after a serious injury, I turned to yoga as my physical movement practice. Many years later, I would combine these two loves - therapy and yoga - into this virtual private practice.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. During this time, I interned as a Behavior Technician with the Center for Behavioral Sciences, INC where I worked with children with developmental disorders. I also interned as a Clinical Research Assistant with the Neuropsychiatric Research Center of Orange County in which I assisted in clinical trials for psychiatric disorders. I worked as a Skill Development Therapist with Abilities Unlimited, an organization providing mental health and occupational support to adults with developmental and intellectual disorders. I went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at the City College of New York in Harlem.
During my Master's program, I was a counseling intern in the counseling center at LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC) in Queens. I also volunteered as a mentor coach with a non-profit called America Needs You in Jersey City. It was during the internship at LAGCC that I ran my first counseling group, specifically for queer college students. I continued to run this group with great love and success for the next five years.
After completing my internships and graduating with my Master's in 2015, I was hired as a Counselor at LAGCC where I continued my work with the queer community. I helped open the first queer resource center on campus and served on a college-wide committee to create and run events for queer students. I also founded and facilitated a weekly health and wellness program for queer students, which combined educational workshops and talk therapy. I presented this program at two national conferences.
Throughout my academic and professional experience, I practiced yoga to keep me grounded and focused. It has been a significant part of my life, including in how it has helped my mental and emotional health. In January 2019, I got certified as a yoga instructor through Three Sisters Yoga, a teacher training school in New York City.
In early 2019, I started this virtual private practice to integrate yoga and talk therapy with a focus on women and the queer community. In September of that same year, I left my job at LAGCC to pursue this work full-time.
Today, I'm honored to keep doing the work I love, which is working with women and the queer community. I offer virtual sessions in which I combine the two practices of therapy and yoga into one personalized experience.