I am no stranger to life’s challenges. My story growing up as a Puerto Rican youth estranged from my culture in racially hostile part of the United States left me with many things to reflect upon. Things at home didn’t make things much easier, but against many odds internal and external I managed to push forward, and I strive to help you do the same.
The direction of my life’s path is in large part credited a moving psychedelic experience I had in 2005. This was the point of inspiration for me to study psychology and to recognize the value that altered states could have towards one’s wellbeing.
I completed my undergraduate studies in my home state of Delaware and relocated to California in 2009 to pursue my Masters in Transpersonal Psychology. My education and early workplace experiences were valuable in forming my approach and allowed me to work with a multitude of individuals and populations.
For over 12 years I have been engaged in ongoing work with the powerful entheogen of Ayahuasca/Yaje. I draw much inspiration from cultural perspectives surrounding it and it continues to inform my professional approach and overall understanding of the application of altered states for personal growth and healing.
While on the road to licensure I have had the privilege of helping vulnerable populations including migrant youth and families, minors and adults in psychiatric settings, those detoxing from drugs and alcohol, and facilitating integration groups for persons undergoing ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
At current I have shifted my focus to individuals in private practice and work with persons experiencing difficulties such as depression, trauma, anxiety, life transitions, existential concerns, and issues pertaining to people of color.
Drawing on my unique background, I also offer psychedelic integration from culturally informed perspective.
Forgiveness, compassion, and patience for yourself and your unique growth process are vital to embracing your inherent strengths and becoming a more empowered person. These are valuable tools that I hope to help you cultivate.
My approach to each client is personable and highly individualized and I seek to work with you collaboratively to help you meet your goals.
Everyone’s story is unique and I hope to hear yours soon.
2012 Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (currently known as Sofia University)
2009 Bachelors Degree of Psychology from Delaware State University
2007 Associates Degree in Human Services from Delaware Technical and Community College
2022 Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy - Trauma Reprocessing & Application
2021 Certification of Training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy from the Ketamine Training Center
2018 Diversity Fellowship recipient for the California Institute of Integral Studies Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research Program
2017 I was afforded the opportunity to train at Piedmont Yoga qualifying me as a RYT 200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher. This program was unique, as it focused on the intersection between self-care & social justice