Practicum Doctoral Trainee
Education: 2016 – University of Minnesota, M.A. in Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology
“It’s okay to dissolve in the process of creating yourself. It’s okay to leave parts of you behind if they no longer serve a purpose in becoming who you are.” -Juansen Dizon
I view counseling as an important collaboration where our therapeutic relationship is central to the growth that is possible, where change occurs through constructing goals together that focus on exploration as well as skill building, and we both carry the responsibility of healing. I work through an integrated approach that focuses primarily on Person Centered and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks, and incorporates techniques and language from several other modalities. I have experience in a variety of settings collaborating with children, adolescents and adults who have faced a wide range of concerns related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, family relationships, multicultural identity, and relationships.
I believe that the person is political, and thus therapy and our work together can never be separated from the way our identities intersect in the greater context we live in. I am committed to working from a position of humility, of building my own awareness of the experiences of people who hold various intersecting identities, and to come with the understanding that our identities have a multitude of meanings given our experiences and our core values and beliefs. I hope that in our work together we can explore the important pieces of you that have had part in defining who you are including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, socioeconomic status, and nationality.
Scholarly and Outreach Interests:
I engage in prevention, education and community wellness focused on sexual orientation and gender. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I am passionate in advocating for our mental health through outreach. Furthermore, I feel strongly about addressing issues regarding masculinity and its impact on community. Ultimately, I aim to deconstruct stigmatization of both mental health and LGBTQIA+ identity.
American Psychological Association (APA) – Student Affiliate
Div 17 – Society of Counseling Psychology
Div 44 – Society for the Psychological Studies of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Issues