Psychology Doctoral Intern

Alma Mater: New Mexico State University (expected 2020)

Professional Interests: Within a multicultural and social justice framework, I work from a relational-cultural theoretical (RCT) perspective and incorporate acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to assist students in embracing, and accepting their authentic selves when developing relationships with others. I believe that the primary source of suffering is isolation, and when we isolate from others, we hide our vulnerability and silence our need from connecting to others. Therefore, I encourage my clients to reconnect with themselves so they could bring themselves more fully into relationships with others. In doing so, through growth-fostering relationships, I help them reconnect to affirming communities, culture, and values to foster relational awareness and relational resilience to strengthen their connections. Finally, I also draw from aspects of interpersonal process therapy (IPT) and solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT). My clinical interests include advocacy, outreach and prevention, group therapy, Latinx students, bilingual therapy (e.g., Spanish), students of color, male-identified students of color, male-identified students, first-generation students, undocumented students, multicultural identity development, and culturally responsive interventions.

Personal Interests: I enjoy playing and watching sports (Go Dodgers!), watching television shows and movies, visiting California (my hometown is Los Angeles), exploring Eugene, and the state of Oregon with my partner, Carmen, and hanging out with our dog, Marley.

UO Love: I enjoy the University of Oregon’s diverse student population as well as the events planned on campus. I also enjoy the outdoors, UO’s sports teams, and the UO’s nature!