I am the son of Colombian and Ecuadoran immigrants and was born in the United States. That said, my experience has always been one where it was important and necessary to know many different cultural practices and languages. In some ways, these pieces made its way into all parts of my life. One of the languages led me to a technical education earning a Computer Science Bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Another cultural language ingrained in my families history led me to enroll in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic as an Information Technology for Education volunteer until 2007.
I continued to explore different experiences based off of my own exploration of my spiritual, educational, social, and mental interests and needs. I later participated in several silent meditation retreats, became the lead editor for a technology for math education project at the University of Chicago, served as a hospice volunteer, and later as therapeutic support for persons with chronic and severe mental health issues.
These varied experiences led me to enroll in a psychodynamically-focused clinical social work program at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA where I received my Masters of Social Work in 2012. I have studied and received formal training in several areas that I continue to integrate into my work with clients: psychoanalysis, psychodynamic conceptualization, mindfulness-based and compassion-focused therapies, cognitive and dialectical behavioral concepts and skills, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and somatic awareness of emotions. Soon after graduating, I moved to Seattle, WA where I currently hold a full License in Independent Clinical Social Work with the state of WA (LW60644168).
I have worked with children as young as 4 years old and adults as old as 90. I am humbled in my work as my clients are my greatest teachers. I am honored to continue this journey with you and learn together about how we can intentionally reconnect with our own lives today and moving forward.