Due to my cultural background (Puerto Rican) and native language (Spanish) I am able to provide individuals I serve with bilingual and culturally sensitive interventions.
My areas of specialty include sexual trauma, sex therapy, sexual orientation, and gender issues.
When working with individuals that experienced sexual trauma the focus is on helping them perceive themselves as survivors rather than victims. An Integrative treatment is essential as it permits the incorporation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, reality based and person centered based treatments to help individuals heal and increase functioning.
As a sex therapist, in the process of being certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapist, I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunctions. My therapeutic approach to sexual dysfunction includes, but is not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions. In addition, after performing the applicable assessments, I refer patients to the appropriate medical professionals (e. g. Urologist, gynecologist).
Sensitive and empathic interventions with individuals dealing with issues around sexual orientation is one of my areas of specialty. The therapy focuses on interventions that emphasize acceptance of sexual identity, struggles with stigma, development of a support system, and exploration and acknowledgment of ideals and values.
Gender issues are also addressed in my clinical practice. I work with transgender and other gender variant individuals to accept and promote healthy gender expression. Gender transition related services, including referrals for hormone therapy and sex confirmation surgery (if applicable), are offered. Interventions with this population focus on promoting self esteem and well being.
I am also a polyamory-aware professional with a positive perspective on multiple relationships.