Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
“I use my training in systemic thinking in conjunction with a focus on the emotions experienced in session to help you find your authentic self and learn how to express it. I blend scientifically supported treatments with my personal experience as a Latina, abuse and cancer survivor to facilitate the therapeutic process.”
“I believe every human being (from tiny to elderly) is innately good and possesses the ability to heal themselves, even when they have been exposed to serious abuse and/or trauma..”
- HABLO ESPAÑOL
- EU FALO PORTUGUÊS
- Play Therapy
- Blended Families
- Separation & Divorce
- Chronic Illness
Education & Experience
Bachelor of Arts in History, UNIVERSIDADE NORTE DO PARANÁ (2014).
Bachelor of Science in Public Health with emphasis in Health Promotion & Education, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY – IDAHO (2019).
Master of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY (2023).
PhD Student in Human Development & Family Science, UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY.
I was born and raised in South America, specifically in Paraná, Brazil. I came to the US to complete my undergrad. While in Brazil, I started my education as an Occupational Therapist for 3 years. This is where I became curious about the human mind and noticed that I wanted to study human behavior instead.
I moved around Brazil quite a bit, from smaller towns to the biggest city in the Americas (São Paulo). With that experience, I learned how lonely a 24 million people place can feel if you don’t know anyone. Change is hard! Fortunately, very soon, I also learned how the connections we make can bring joy and fulfillment to our days. I learned the same lesson as I moved to the US and formed a new family of friends and hobbies in a foreign place.
Something that forever changed my outlook on life was being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis at age 9 and, later, cancer at age 16. All the treatments, hospital, specialists, and exams exposure changed how fragile and, at the same time, strong I felt my body is. My family growing up was also very different than all others I knew. I was the third of 21 children. My parents legally adopted 18 kids after I was 4 years old. My love and gift to work with children is probably related to that involvement. Maybe that is why I am not afraid to have a lot a people in the therapy room 😉
A few things I had planned for my life happened the way I had imagined, but most of how my life is right now (including being a therapist, divorcing, being in a blended family, living with depression, suicidal ideation and a back injury) were completely unintended. It has taken a lot of personal work on acceptance and transitions to move on with confidence.
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