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I bring passion and commitment to helping diverse, multi-cultural, multi-racial, immigrant woman , children and parents in Oakland and San Jose. 

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Proud Of My Roots

 My accent hints that I was born, and grew up in Peru. My family is large, multi-racial, multi-cultural, and close-knit. Many of us are first-generation college and grad-school-educated, and first-generation immigrants to the United States and share
an entrepreneurial spirit and are second-generation business owners.

Growing up, dinner
time saw at least 10 or 11 of us around the table, and our everyday lives were full of
conversations about clients, business letters, and contracts. We enjoyed family meals prepared with love and attention to quality. Staying abreast with the political climate, community involvement was a central part of our family life..

My Story,
A Personal Journey

I am a licensed therapist. It was not an easy journey, but a rewarding one. I am proud to say that therapy has helped me face the joys and challenges, the highs and lows, of being a woman, an immigrant, a professional, and a businesswoman.

I have experienced the unrelenting inner critic, the imposter syndrome, the stress and burn-out. I have given to the point of exhaustion. But I have also learned to overcome them. I have found my balance, my confidence, my purpose.

I am a woman who relates to you. I am a woman who understands you. I am a woman who supports you.

I am a seeker, a wise woman, a woman of integrity and values. I am a woman committed to living a full and wholesome life and to share the best of me in my day to day work with women like you.


I studied psychology in Peru for six years before completing three years of full-time, intensive study in Somatic Psychology at the John F. Kennedy University Holistic Psychology Department in California. There, I learned about attachment theory, trauma treatment, and human development. I specialized in early childhood mental health and child-parent psychotherapy, because I wanted to understand our core human needs in experiential, creative and embodied ways. I worked closely with young children and their mothers for almost 15 years. I learned about the intricacies of relationships and how connections are the most basic and powerful force in our lives.

Now, I continue to train and practice in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal neurobiology

  • Creative art therapy

  • Circle of Security parenting training

  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy

These are the core of my approach to all of my clients’ needs, whether you are an adult woman or a family seeking to address parenting concerns.

Outside Of The Therapy Room

Last but not least, dance is my favorite thing for healing and for fun. Since I was young, I've loved to dance, inventing moves and letting myself be carried away music. As an adult, weekly classes. and seasonal Biodanza retreats became an embodied practice to develop relational and somatic resources, an inmese support and community when i had just inmigrated to live in the Bay Area.  I love the creative energy channeled in envisioning my outfits, and in the decorating and styling of my living and workspaces. I delight in my time spent in nature, spiritual devotion through meditation, and simple pleasures like a hearty daily breakfast, eclectic music, and beats. My loved ones, identify me for my hearty and full belly laughs, strong opinions, big chid nature, and of course loyalty. 


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