As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Relationship Expert, with over 20 years of experience in the counseling and mental health field, I am the co-founder of the Heart Connection Center an upscale private practice that provides effective counseling to individuals, couples and families. I am also a blogger and national media contributor. I live in Boca Raton, Florida with my husband, 2 children, and our dog Zoe. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, my work, traveling, playing mahjong and exercise.
I work with couples who are struggling with painful communication patterns. Therapy with me helps them change these patterns and feel closer. I also love working with women who struggle with anxiety and depression, and relationship problems. Counseling with me helps them learn tools to cope better and feel happier within themselves and in their relationships.
I know that relationships can be the main source of happiness and security in our lives. Yet, all too often, relationships can be painful. My goal in all of my work is to help couples and individuals feel better.
I am keenly aware of the issues and challenges facing women, couples and families today. I specialize in women’s emotional health and relationship issues and I speak regularly on these topics at workshops, seminars and conferences.
As a Latina therapist, wife and mother, I have a personal and professional understanding of the cultural and relational dynamics in Latin families. I get the nuances of the Latino culture. As a bilingual therapist, I provide therapy in Spanish to ease the therapeutic process for Spanish-speaking clients. I provide an eclectic approach that is both action and process oriented. I use the most effective interventions that best match your needs. I have advanced training in Cognitive Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well as in Family Therapy.
I also use relaxation and mindfulness techniques. I feel that things change when we are doing something about them. I will also guide you to a deeper understanding of yourself so you can trust yourself and find your happiness. I believe that with attention, support and plan, you can do this.
When you make the first call to speak with me, you won’t speak to a receptionist. You will call my phone directly. I will ask you about why you are seeking therapy at this time. Then, I will let you know where my office is located, my rates for therapy sessions, and a little about what working with me is like.
We will set up your first session as soon as possible. You won’t have to wait for weeks to see me. I can usually get my new clients in the same week that they call me. And that always makes my new clients feel good.
If you are a couple coming to counseling with me, I will set up your first appointment to come in together for an assessment session. Then, I will see you each for one individual session to get your own family and personal history. When you are done with those 3 sessions, and we, as a team, decide that Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is right fit for your relationship, then we will continue with couple’s sessions. The reason that I do three assessment sessions is to build an alliance, get to know you and your relationship problems, and make sure that you both have the same goal which is to do whatever it takes to save your marriage or your relationship.
During our sessions, I will create a safe space with you in my office so you can feel comfortable in expressing your feelings. My office looks much like a family room. You are welcome to kick off your shoes, grab a pillow and get comfy.
I am looking forward to hearing your story. I will guide you to talk about the things that are bothering you. I will provide honest and direct feedback in a supportive and nurturing manner.
In individual counseling, you will bring a notebook to session where you will take notes on what we talked about in session. That way if you are having a bad day, you will know what to do and have your own plan. When you come back to session, we will talk about how it worked and tweak it to make it your very own personal plan.
I really feel that you deserve love, joy, and peace of mind. You deserve happiness. And I would be honored to help you find it.