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PERUVIAN, PSYCHOLOGIST

Peruvian, Immigrant. These two words capture the complexity of what it is like for me to be a bilingual and bicultural being. Whether it is having a sense of attachment to different places, code-switching languages or behaviors, or understanding the role of power and oppression in being a naturalized U.S. citizen and an immigrant, culture plays a vital role in who I am as a person, advocate, and clinician. Specifically, the multi-layered and unique identities of my clients challenge me to become more attuned to how my cultural humility affects the working alliance and the outcomes of psychotherapy. It also provides unlimited opportunities for learning and an increased sensitivity to how sociohistorical, environmental, and contextual factors shape my work as a psychologist.​

I offer virtual week day and weekend appointments for California and Iowa residents who are 18+ years or older.

By appointment only.

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Where I studied

PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of North Dakota

 

MA in Counseling Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

BS in Psychology and Sociology, Wayne State College

Who I serve

I am committed to the healing and wellness of People of Color, immigrants, Veterans, and other adults.

Let's honor and unpack the effects of oppressive systems on your mind, body, and spirit. 

Whether these show up as anxiety, depression, stress, or body aches, you deserve to live a fulfilling life.

How I work

I am a trauma psychologist who strives to co-create a therapeutic space that is compassionate, evidence-informed, and centered in social justice and intersectionality.

I integrate cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based, among other forms of psychotherapy when relevant to the client.

TRAINING BACKGROUND

Where I trained:

  • Women's Clinic at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System - Trauma and Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • El Paso VA Healthcare System, El Paso, TX

  • Fargo VA Healthcare System, Fargo, ND

  • Northern Prairie Community Clinic, Grand Forks, ND

  • Prairie St. John's Psychiatric Hospital, Fargo, ND

  • One World Community Health Center, Omaha, NE

  • El Comedor, Huanchaco, Perú

TYPES OF THERAPY

I have received training in:

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (Certified)

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression (Certified)

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Anxiety

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy 

  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy

  • Person-Centered Therapy

FRAMEWORKS

What also informs my work:

  • Anti-racism

  • Intersectionality Theory

  • Liberation Psychology

  • Ethnopolitical Psychology

  • Public Psychology

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