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I was born in a small town in Michoacan, Mexico, near the migratory landing home of the monarch butterflies. My journey brought me to Central America, northern Mexico, the rainy Oregon coast and finally to Oakland California. The Bay Area has been my home for the last 28 years.  My lived experience has give me a deep understanding of the challenges faced by immigrants and their families related to racism, culture conflict, trauma, resilience, spirituality and healing. 

I have provided therapy services in Spanish and English for many years, in both community mental health settings and at Kaiser Permanente.  My approach has been deeply intuitive; I have developed my own unique variations of therapeutic techniques that are adapted to the cultural context of the clients I serve. I am passionate about sharing my approach to providing culturally-rooted strength-based therapy, and exploring issues of masculinity, fatherhood as well as succesfful strategies for addressing traume, anxiety and depression in the Latinx/Latiné community.

  • Role
    Mental Health Professional
  • Pronouns
  • Languages
    English, Hablo Español
  • Gender
  • Speaking Engagements
    Workshop, Panel, Support Group
Trainings/Workshops Offered

Dale la vuelta de la enchilada: Providing cuturally-rooted strength-based therapy in the Latinx/Latinécommunity

El maiz: Exploring and redefining healthy masculinity as modern Latinos

Aqui estoy, M'Hija:  The importance of being present as fathers, and not duplicating childhood traumas

Addressing trauma, anxiety and depression in the Latinx/Latiné immigrant community

Lucha libre: Freeing ourselves from our past

Chancla-free: Freeing ourselves from hurting others


  • Institution
    San Francisco State University
  • Degree
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