I am an anxiety and OCD therapist and I love helping people overcome anxiety! I previously trained at Anxiety Solutions during my graduate studies and loved the work so much that I was beyond excited to get the opportunity to come back.
A big part of what I have loved about Exposure Therapy is how effectively it can change people’s lives and the honor it has been to help people go through those transformative experiences. I particularly enjoy helping my clients come up with creative steps to reduce suffering in their lives in meaningful ways.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. During my graduate studies, I prioritized training in Exposure Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other behavioral therapies, and working with Latinx/é populations. I have completed practicum trainings across a variety of sites including an intensive outpatient program for substance use and comorbid disorders, integrated primary care, a private practice focusing on psychological assessments of children, a college counseling center, and of course, Anxiety Solutions of Denver. I completed my predoctoral internship at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center and am currently completing my postdoctoral fellowship here at Anxiety Solutions of Denver.
When I’m not at the office, you’ll find me hanging out with my wife and our three pets (a dog and two cats), reading (I love me some fantasy and sci-fi), or playing games (dungeons and dragons or video games when we can’t get our party together).
Do you have any pets?
Yeah! I have a dog and two cats. Brody is our dog, and he’s a half-lab mix. We’re not sure what he’s mixed with but imagine a lab with stubby legs, and that’s him. Our two cats are Jack and Jolene. They’re a cute little pair of tuxedos.
What are your favorite hobbies?
I absolutely love Dungeons and Dragons. I originally got started on the hobby by listening to the podcast Adventure Zone on long drives and then began playing with friends virtually once the pandemic started. The creativity and fantasy of it are big draws for me. Aside from that, I’m big into reading fantasy and sci-fi and love to play videogames as well.
What is your favorite podcast?
The Adventure Zone! Been listening to it for years. I only made it a few seasons but will re-listen to it periodically. I also enjoy listening to Saw Bones with my wife when we go on long drives. Weird medical history is so interesting!
What is your favorite videogame?
It’s a toss up between the modern iterations of the Legend of Zelda (Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom) and the original Bioshock. Breath of the Wild has a somewhat nostalgic feel to it for me that can bring me joy through just listening to its soundtrack. And playing through the original Bioshock as a teenager was the first time I realized video games could be art.
What is your favorite type of food?
Mexican food hands down. I’m Mexican-American so it reminds me of home and is also absolutely delicious.