"You can use your imagination to tend to yourself and your community. To empower them. Not necessarily be a representative of them, but to empower them".-Ocean Vuong
I identify as mixed, female with family from what is called now Europe and Mexico and I connect to my ancestral practices from these multiple places and cultures. I’m Bay Area born and raised-Shout out to the three zip codes that made me: 408, 415, 510. I work in English and Spanglish and have a passion for the way stories and words connect us to permiso del corazón-permission of the heart. I believe that our dreams and creativity will show us the way to our radical collective healing.
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My own healing experiences brought me to Mujerista Psychology, Liberation psychology, restorative practices, and ancestral wisdom as frameworks for healing. I believe in decolonizing psychology which means deconstructing and challenging common mental health practices by understanding where they support colonization. The goal is to reclaim healing practices that focus on the entire person and their healing through centering relationships and community.
I'm passionate about the power of the relationship to heal. The more authentic relationships with our communities and peers we engage in-the more we are able to grow and heal our collective traumas. By leaning into shared stories we are reclaiming our natural abilities to heal.
If we're meeting virtually and I'm working from home the cat may make an appearance. Usually, you'll just see an active tail flip as she settles in. She is bound by rules of confidentiality too.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist CA PSY33293
"Root to Bloom" Holistic Training for Community Based Service Providers 2020-2021
Brainspotting Phase 1 and 2
PsyD Clinical Psychology, CA Institute of Integral Studies
MA Adult Education Concentration in Social Justice and Equity, San Francisco State University
BA English, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
San Bernardino Community College District Gen. Ed