I am a Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate working under the supervision of Michael Davis, LMFT-S.
I was born and raised in Brazil, but I spent most part of my adult life in California. Right after High School, I pursued a BA in Tourism and an MBA in Business. I worked with business but I could never find myself or feel fulfilled.
I have always been passionate about helping others, and even before I started studying Psychology, I was always involved in online support groups in an attempt to make myself available for those in need of help. When I moved to the United States, I decided to follow my heart and I enrolled in school again. I obtained my BA in Psychology from Marymount California University and my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University.
During my training, I worked in a community clinic setting, helping clients with different types of diagnosis and difficulties. Most of my work at the clinic consisted of trauma work, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment to change, family issues, vocational/educational counseling, and substance abuse. I had the opportunity to work with underprivileged families, children, adults, and couples, meeting with them weekly in an outpatient setting. Also, I have experience working directly with clients suffering from substance abuse, at two residential facilities in California. I served as a counselor/case manager and group facilitator in one of them, and as a primary therapist and group facilitator in the other one.
I dedicated most of my academic years to studying Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, and the correlation between them. During my training in Substance Abuse treatment, I learned how to appreciate the person behind the addiction, and help them work through the underlying issues of their unhealthy coping behaviors. I use the same approach to any client I am helping — it does not matter what is happening at the moment, there is a person to be honored, respected, and validated. I help clients get in touch with their inner/true selves, accepting them for who they are, moving away from shame and guilt, and starting the process of change in an organic manner.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, State of Texas
Certificate Course in Emotionally Focused Therapy with Sue Johnson: Attachment-based interventions for couples in crisis - in progress
The Gottman Institute: Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm