My practice weaves relational, attachment-based, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, trauma processing, and somatic interventions to meet you where you are. Spiritual and existential feelings, challenges, and questions are 100% welcome.
MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine, ayahuasca. Currently working as a ketamine-assisted psychotherapist in private practice and as an MDMA-assisted psychotherapist and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapist in clinical research. Licensed clinical social worker in PA, NJ, and MD in the USA.
MAPS MDMA-AT (March 2019, currently under supervision). EMBARK trainee (pre-certified as of Sept 2022). Polaris Insight Center KAP training (modules 1-4).
I’m a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in trauma-informed and evidence-based psychotherapies for adults, families and children. I've also trained in legal psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy models using ketamine, MDMA, and psilocybin, and I'm currently working as a study therapist in research using MDMA and psilocybin.
I believe authentic relationships can be good medicine and that intergenerational cycles of trauma can be interrupted and healed. Issues of power, privilege, and systemic oppression are important and welcome in the room. I aspire to anti-racist and culturally curious practice as a therapist. I identify as white, female, queer, Latina, spiritually-oriented, and able-bodied. I was raised Catholic and speaking Spanish and English in a bicultural Cuban-American immigrant household.
From 2017-2022, I worked at a community mental health center within PennMedicine as a clinician and eventually a supervisor and program manager in the PHIICAPS program. PHIICAPS provides community-based, intensive, and brief attachment-oriented and trauma-focused family therapy, crisis support, and case management services to families where a child/youth has experienced psychiatric hospitalization or other out-of-home placement. I'm certified in TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy), EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy), and priCARE (Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement).
I've also taken intro courses in MI (motivational interviewing), ABFT (attachment-based family therapy), CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), exposure therapy for anxiety disorders (based on CBT Unified Protocol), Hakomi mindfulness based somatic therapy, and SE (somatic experiencing).
Daily meditation and yoga practices have shaped my life for over a decade. I completed a yoga teacher training (RYT-200) with Three Sisters Yoga in 2011 as well as a variety of certifications in teaching yoga in schools, with adolescents and adults experiencing homelessness, and incarcerated individuals. I have also completed several meditation retreats (vipassana in S.E. Goenka lineage 10-day and 3-day; tantric yoga meditation in Ananda Seva lineage at Dharmalaya in Eugene, Oregon, and others) but my main practice is the Shambhala Tibetan buddhist approach for Westerners taught by Pema Chödrön.
Feeling safe and comfortable in your body, calmly experiencing the present moment, and making friends with your mind are all possible through patient and compassionate practice. My approach to psychedelic integration coaching weaves relational, attachment-based, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, trauma processing, and somatic (body-oriented) interventions to meet you where you are. Together, we'll cultivate curiosity about your experiences so any important insights can be integrated and put into practice. Spiritual and existential feelings, challenges, and questions are 100% welcome.
While we may meet together as a pair, you're part of a wide and complex network of relationships with your family, friends, community, the environment, and all the political, cultural, and historical influences that make up a life in modern society. It's important to recognize the impact of systems and oppression in our lives so we can feel less like "The Problem." It also helps us find holistic ways to feel more in balance as we move forward after a psychedelic experience. I have worked with many clients who have survived significant traumas, who feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, suicidal, hopeless, and explosive. While non-ordinary states of consciousness can bring about huge shifts and significant healing, a lot of murky and scary material can also surface. Every part of you is welcome, shadow and light.
We can yearn for change while also feeling scared of what it might really bring. Psychedelic integration coaching can be an opportunity to slowly understand and befriend your unique complexities and inner world so you can feel more at ease.