About

About

Born and raised in a rural town of Puerto Rico, I decided to change my career path in 2010 from journalism to clinical psychology, obtaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. Hardheaded, but with a kind heart and a love for stories, I found in psychology the possibility to create, and help others create, a healing narrative of life itself. From journalism to psychology, I guide others in their journey to find the many sides of relationships, and how they shape how we react towards distress, closeness and happiness.

My training experiences have prepared me to work with developmental, relational and cultural aspects of life challenges and mental health diagnoses. I consider myself an integrative psychologist, with preparation in a variety of models including psychoanalysis, psycho-dynamic theories, family therapy models, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). In addition, I am trained to perform psychological evaluations for a variety of purposes, including developmental or autism concerns, school accommodations, and immigration related assessments. I completed my internship and postdoctoral training at the YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health located in East Orange, New Jersey. While working at the Institute, I obtained specialized training on working with children ages 0 to 6 and their parents. As a result of my doctoral training and interest in research, I became an American Psychology Association Minority Fellow participating on their summer training program in 2016.

In 2018, after transitioning out of an administrative and clinical position at an outpatient clinic for children, adolescent and their families, I became an Assistant Professor at Felician University in Lodi, New Jersey. As part of my role, I coordinate the Master’s in Counseling Psychology Program, and was appointed the Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD Program. Assisting graduate students in developing clinical skills and supporting their professional and personal development has always been part of my interest.

Round Room Psychology, LLC has become my most recent personal and professional project. In addition, during August 2020, I returned to the YCS Institute as the new Director. As part of my new responsibilities, I oversee an APA Doctoral Internship and Training Program, as well as two outpatient clinics in Union City and East Orange, serving children and families ages 0-21.

Committed to take my work outside the office space, I also provide workshops to community organizations and other institutions, as well as participate in Advocacy meetings in Hudson and Bergen counties. In addition, I actively participate in the following organizations:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA), Member of the Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative Special Interest Group
  • New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), Member of the Early Career Professionals Committee and the Immigration Interest Group
  • Latino Mental Health Association of New Jersey, Member-at-Large for the Board from 2016-2018
  • New Jersey Infant Mental Health Association of New Jersey

Certifications

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (In Progress)- National Therapist Certification Program.
  • Authorized rater, Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS), 2016- Present – Comfort Consults, LLC.
  • Brazelton Touchpoints, Individual Level, 2016 – Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair University.
  • Registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitator, 2016 – Circle of Security International, Montclair, New Jersey.

License:

  • License Practicing Psychologist, New Jersey State: #35SI00610400
  • License Practicing Psychologist, New York State: #023237-01