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Graduate Intern supervised by Flor Aponte, LCSW.
Our thoughts play a tremendous role in how we behave and how we feel.
Letting yourself be vulnerable to a stranger can be a scary process. However, it doesn’t have to be when you choose the right person. I’m committed to collaborating with you to find what best works for you to live a more fulfilling life. Maybe you have a lot on your mind or maybe you’re curious whether changes need to be made. I’d love to help you find out.
What I Do:
I’m a third-year counseling student working towards my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I completed my practicum experience in play-therapy working with children and preadolescents. I have facilitated play-therapy in a supportive environment. Toys are a child’s words and play is a child’s language and all we have to do is pay attention to what they’re saying.
In addition, I led counseling groups for children and adults with learning disabilities. I have experience working with suicide ideation, anger management, adjustment disorder, and ADHD. My special interests include social issues and working with vulnerable populations: ethnically diverse groups, women’s issues, and working with adolescents. My approach for helping these groups of people is CBT with an emphasis in person-centered therapeutic relationships.
Empathy, respect, trust, and rapport is about half of what is necessary to make progress. My focus is fostering a safe place for people to explore and grow. In my experience, tailoring my professional relationship to a person helps ensure that they feel respected and cared for. I also believe the CBT model can help people evaluate their way of thinking and modify their thinking patterns.
My focus is fostering a safe place for people to explore and grow. In my experience, tailoring my professional relationship to a person helps ensure that they feel respected and cared for.
Our thoughts play a tremendous role in how we behave and how we feel. It all begins by changing what we’re thinking. I also find that focusing on a person’s strengths, resources, and personal qualities helps cultivate and maintain positivity.My main goal is to empower people by fostering a safe place through empathy and trust. I’m committed to collaborating with you to find what best works for you to live a more fulfilling life. My job is not only to help you in the present but also prepare you to tackle unpredictable problems in the future. I work with adolescents and young adults through a collaborative, CBT approach.
Education & Training:
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Houston. Throughout my psychology education, I explored multiple research areas by becoming a research assistant in two labs. As a result of these experiences, I began to think about how research can be applied in interventions outside of labs by creating a deeper relationship with individuals. This led me to learn more about mental health and apply to the University of Houston’s counseling program. I’m currently a third-year counseling student working towards my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. My anticipated graduation date is May 2024. I have my QPR certificate and I’m currently completing a UTHealth TF-CBT training.
When I’m not directly or indirectly helping people reach their counseling goals, I’m reading my favorite book or teaching people of all age groups how to swim! I’m a certified Water Safety Instructor. I love teaching life skills that will come in handy in all bodies of water. With this comes building professional, genuine relationships with my swimmers and their parents.