Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, The University of San Francisco
M.S., Clinical Psychology, Notre Dame de Namur and The University of San Francisco
B.A., Psychology, Long Beach State University
How I Work With Students
My approach to understanding mental health wellness is to strengthen the existing resilience of individuals from a social justice lens. I believe that individual and community wellness are deeply connected and can be available to us when we create and nurture empowering, radical, and liberating narratives. I aim to work in collaboration with people in a supportive, warm, and welcoming manner.
I am inspired by Liberation Psychology. This means I aim to understand the impact of sociopolitical factors on health and focus on your strengths and goals to help you cocreate healing and wellness. I use evidence-based methods and draw from critical race theory, decolonial thought, activism, and community organizing to explore the intersection of wellness, healing for self and community transformation.
I was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 7. I was the first in my family to graduate from high school and go to college. I love all the beautiful culture that the Bay Area has to offer and was gifted with the opportunity to have grown up in San Francisco.
AB540 / Undocumented Students
Decolonial healing, racial trauma, activism, community organizing, first generation college students, immigrant, undocumented, refugee, international students.
Doctoral Specialty Track: Decolonial healing, racial trauma, liberation psychology, with a focus on immigrant, undocumented, refugee communities of color.
Students may email me to make an appointment but should use Health-e-Messaging for all communications with me once working with me to preserve confidentiality.