Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I help people who feel stuck, trapped, or confused by their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I work with adults who feel there is something missing from their lives, or who feel there are parts of themselves they don’t understand or can’t seem to accept. I also help people who are generally satisfied but want to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I help my clients identify and change the patterns they keep falling into, and live with more awareness, wholeness and connection.

My clients include individuals who experience anxiety, depression, irritability, loneliness, identity crisis, self-doubt, negative thoughts, and compulsive or self-destructive behaviors. I help individuals dealing with life-work balance issues, life transitions, cultural adjustment, and men’s issues. I am also trained to work with people experiencing compulsive sexual behavior, sometimes labeled as sex addiction.

My personal and professional experience has given me first-hand exposure to multiple types of difficulties people may face in their lives. My experiences with love, loss and repair have helped me understand the importance and value of relationships. One of my major goals as a therapist is to help my clients recover their ability to develop secure and healthy relationships, with themselves and with others, and to enhance their self-awareness and emotional connection.

Clinical Approach: Therapy is a collaborative process, a co-created journey of discovery to acknowledge, accept, understand and deal with the obstacles that might be getting in the way of happiness and meaning. I believe that each individual has the inner strength and personal resources for his or her own transformation. My role is to accompany my clients in their self-exploration, witness their life experience, and support them as they rewrite their own story.

I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important part of therapy and potentially its most healing element. For that reason, I create an accepting and non-judgmental environment, where my clients feel safe in sharing their experiences and reactions. Each person is unique, and I am interested in getting to know each client’s reality and what he or she may need from therapy.

Education: I hold a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, where I specialized in Mental Health and completed the coursework for addictions counseling. I have finished a two-year fellowship in psychoanalysis with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. I am a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behavior, which includes compulsive sexual behavior and sex addiction, by the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. I trained in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which is one of the few research-based approaches to couples therapy. I have wide experience with group dynamics, and am on the board of the Illinois Group Psychotherapy Society. I also have authored articles on the use of group therapy in the treatment of addiction. Prior to joining the mental health field, I spent 12 years helping corporations design strategies to better meet their consumers’ needs. I earned an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

I am fluent in English and Spanish and can provide therapy in both languages.

Personal Interests: I value creativity and learning – music and arts are very important to me. I occasionally play with a Brazilian percussion band and attend drumming circles. I have played the piano since age 6. I love traveling, and enjoy good food, reading and taking courses that pique my interest.

Services Offered

Adolescent
Adult
Couples
Groups
Individual