Hello. It's my pleasure to present some information about me and the services I provide. I specialize in working with individuals, couples and families, providing Psychotherapy and Relationship-Coaching in my private-practice office in Aventura, Florida. You are welcomed to call me with questions so we can discuss what I can do to help "You be the all that you can be". Seeking better ways to improve your Self and your Relationships helps you become a better you. Here is a quote that is one of my guiding principles in my life and as a Psychotherapist & Relationship-Coach:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny”.
By: - Mahatma Gandhi
Reasons for Seeking my Psychotherapeutic and Relationship-Coaching Services:
People usually seek help from a psychotherapist because they want to learn ways to improve their life and relationships. Employing a variety of psycho-therapeutic techniques, I coach people to help them find solutions to the often-repeated issues and patterns preventing them from reaching their goals. Most people are in relationships, whether with family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, professors, etc. To enhance relationships, sometimes the first step is to modify communication patterns, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, which can then lead to self-improvement and growth. Effectively communicating thoughts and feelings can influence how others react, and when you sense a positive reaction from others, you will probably begin to behave and feel better, and thus, more invested in achieving goals.
An influencing factor in how I work with clients stems from my journey of self-growth in my career and professional life. I have learned from my life-experiences and have motivated myself to improve and reach many goals. Most people want to achieve goals, yet think they can’t. Because of my expereinces with struggling to acheive goals and then persevering towards my accomplishments, I have become the "go-to" guide and a mentor-coach, who assists people who are struggling with achieving goals. Realizing that goals can be attained is a process, whereby a person begins to find positive attributes within themselves, therefore the path to self-awareness and growth becomes achievable.
This quote has been a guiding factor in my life, it's from a famous Socio-Biologist, Edward O. Wilson. He says: "You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give." As you go on your journey to "Self-Growth", set realisitic goals that are acheivable, be patient with yourself and others, and persevere, for the path to growth is timeless and full of possibilities.
How my Educational and Career Expereinces will help You:
As a “Certified Medical Family Therapist”, I work with people diagnosed with a medical illness and their family members, because the illness impacts a person’s emotions and relationships. Many people with an illness often keep their emotions bottled-up, which can influence the healing process. People often experience a sense of loss, thinking that their life has changed, and learning how to manage the illness also includes learning how to manage the emotional stress. I also provide Grief and Loss counseling to people experiencing many type of losses, including break-ups, separations, divorce, job-loss, life-transitions, empty-nesters, and death of a loved-one or a pet.
The fast-paced world we live in increases our stress-level as we work diligently to accomplish as much as we can on a daily basis. This stresses our bodies, minds, emotions, and relationships. We feel depleted of our sense of self and our place in the world. This often creates lowered sense of self-worth. I work with many individuals who have experienced many circumstances that depleted their sense of self. Many of us come from life-situations where we felt that there was something lacking, yet couldn’t figure-out what that was. So we live with what we know until we talk with someone, like me – a coach – who can enlighten you as to what is keeping you from growing into who you want to become. Here’s a quote of mine that I said to a client recently, which helped her realize her growth-potential:
“What we grow up in is what we know, and until we notice something different, that’s all we know”.
In other words – it’s not until you do something different that you realize the limitations set upon you by others. So, don’t be ruled by what others say, be ruled by your inner-self – that is who you are – a strong and caring person ready to live a full life.
Education and Work Experiences:
I am a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, trained in the Systemic and Solution Oriented models of change combined with Positive-Psychology principles. I am a “Relationship Coach”, and one of the many issues I help clients with, is providing communication-enhancement techniques to help improve relationships and themselves. To augment my Psychotherapy and Relationship-Coaching Practice and the services I provide, I became certified as an: (1) - Anger-Management Coach certified by the Anderson & Anderson Model, (2) - a Certified Medical Family Therapist, and (3) - a Certified Relational Hypnotherapist, both of these certifications attained while at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) School of Social and Systemic Studies, where I received my Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
I have written several articles and presented at various conferences and at workshops for professionals and for the public on a variety of themes, such as: “Multicultural and Generational Differences in Immigrant Families”, “Communications Skills for Couples and Families”, “Anger Management for Women”, “Changes in Emotional Wellbeing in Families Experiencing Cancer”, “Grief and Sadness During the Holidays”, “Anger Management in the Work Situations” and on other topics that encourage self and relationship enhancement.
During my semesters at NSU to attain my Master’s degree, I worked as a guidance counselor at Broward College (B.C.). One source of pride in my career is that I initiated and taught the “Learning Skills for College” classes at the Las Olas campus. Some of the topics covered were: “Time Management”, “Study Skills”, “The Different Learning-Styles”, and many others that helped students in their freshmen year learn how to adapt to an environment different than their high-school.
While I was running my private-practice, I was hired at Gilda’s Club, an organization that provides services to anyone touched by cancer. I facilitated many of the groups including the Hispanic Wellness Groups – “Grupos de Apoyo” and assisted in coordinating the annual “Hispanic Day of Wellness” and presented for 3 years on “Emotions and Cancer” in Spanish. I have a passion to help educate people on cancer-prevention and about the emotional experiences of being a cancer-survivor and a family care-giver. From my years of working with people touched by cancer, I realized the need for cancer awareness in the Hispanic Community, so I joined the South Fla. Cancer Collaborative Coalition (SFCCC). For a few years I served as a Co-Chair for the Disparities Work-Group, a sub-group within the SFCCC and presented on several Spanish radio shows on the topic of “Cancer within Hispanic Families”. I have presented in conferences on the issue of emotions and how these become the focus of attention for a caretaker of a loved-one who has a medical illness.
Working in a variety of settings has prepared me to assist others who experience many changes throughout their lives. The training and education I have received throughout my various careers has become a useful tool because I can identify with what clients tell me they are experiencing. Many clients tell me that what they learn about themselves and what motivates them, which are the beginning steps on the process towards achievement of making changes, setting goals, and then reaching those goals.
In addition to being a prominent Relationship-Coach and Psychotherapist, I have presented at National Conferences in the USA, and in Buenos Aires, Argentina and to other local professional organizations and the general public, speaking on various topics.
I'm an interactive Relationship-Coach and Psychotherapist and use a variety of techniques to help you attain desired goals. My approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address the personal life and relationship challenges you want to change. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client be it an individual, couple, or family. With compassion and understanding, I work with each client to help you build on the strengths you have, so that as you persevere, you will attain the personal and relational goals you are committed to accomplishing.
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