I attained my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Women's University, and I am currently completing the last year of my Ph.D. from the same institution. I have been fortunate to experience a variety of diverse settings and clients. allowing me to join with clients in identity work related to myriad backgrounds and cultural identities. During my first practicum, I was honored to serve at a non-profit for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. I have also worked at 2 private practices, each for a year, where I gained experience completing cognitive and psychological assessments, and worked with clients who had a variety of presenting concerns (depression, anxiety, relational dynamics, and life transitions). Finally, I have provided counseling at two university counseling centers, and found that I greatly enjoy working with college students. I am thrilled to be at UNC!
In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, I co-facilitate an interpersonal process group and serve as a triage/on-call counselor. Aside from direct work with clients, I enjoy providing clinical supervision and engaging in outreach events.
I strive to work collaboratively with clients on their goals, to be cognizant of my own power and privilege, and to show up both empathically and authentically with my clients. Very generally, I work from a relational-cultural base while integrating other emotion-focused and cognitive approaches. In therapy, I focus with clients on their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how those relate to their presenting concerns. Additionally, we explore how cultural messages and past experiences affect them. I believe people grow in and toward healthy relationships, and that we are also impacted by past relationships. I acknowledge people’s cultural identities (gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, spiritual or religious orientation, ability status, and socioeconomic status, to name a few) are meaningful and that dominant culture messages can impact people’s well being.
In supervision I will show up similarly, though the aim and tasks at hand are very different than in therapy. My supervision style is shaped by relational and feminist approaches, and I am also developmentally-focused. I seek to encourage and empower supervisees to reflect, grow, and provide their clients with ethical and compassionate care. I strive to do so keeping their skills and experience in mind.
I grew up in Argentina with my parents and two brothers. I visit them whenever possible, as well as visiting other friends and family in Texas. My husband and I also travel a bit, occasionally going out of state for his jazz performances (pre-COVID). I enjoy hiking with my husband, drinking coffee and tea socially and in my alone time, and attempting to cook new recipes. I don’t have pets (though I do like animals), but I consider myself a “plant lady.” I also like to pretend that I know about baking and am a Great British Baking Show fan.