I am a Dominican immigrant and became a U.S. citizen at the age of 19. I come from a family of strong matriarchs. My maternal grandmother's experience in healthcare inspired me to become a social worker so that others like her would not have to die prematurely due to limited health literacy.
I have worked in healthcare for 12 years (hospice and dialysis) and advocate for vulnerable populations on a daily basis. I live my life with reverence for others, especially elders.
Like my mom, I came out in my early 40s, after marriages and kids. My children are also part of the LGBTQIA+ community and identify as gay and trans.
. . . but I at least learned to drive at 21 (who wants to drive in New York City if they can help it?)
I don't know how to swim, ride a bike, or roller-skate. . .
I am a left-handed, flat-footed mama of two.
I serve clients through a sex-positive, existential lens, which acknowledges that we strive to find meaning in what we devote our time to. My practice is also compassion-focused, especially when experiencing grief as we leave versions of ourselves behind.
I love working with members of the LGBTQIA+, Kink, BDSM, Poly and non-traditional relationship communities; folx navigating coming out later in life; those managing chronic illness and redefining sexual intimacy; partners expanding the boundaries of their relationships; individuals embracing their sexual and/or gender identities.
I graduated from Yale University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Language & Literature and obtained a Master of Social Work degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. I have been an LCSW in NC since 2017. I completed the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program in early 2022. It is comprised of 165 continuing education hours including advanced training in sex and relationship therapy. I am a member in good standing of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). I have also completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy levels 1, 2, and 3 and am working toward sex therapy certification. In addition, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Marriage & Family Therapy (DMFT) at Northcentral University.