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I am a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where I serve linguistically and culturally diverse communities. Working within a Buddhist psychology and yogic perspectives, my work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of people. I am section faculty at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy yearlong certificate program (www.meditationandpsychotherapy.org ) and serve as a consulting psychologist at Bristol Community College Counseling Center in Fall River, Massachusetts.
I am passionate about the intersection of psychology, mindfulness, spirituality, and body-focused practices. I believe that we transform suffering by connecting heart, body, mind, and spirit. In my individual and group work, I strive to focus on deep listening and heart-felt connection. Exploring ways in which we can be more compassionate toward ourselves and others and connect with our bodies is central to my clinical practice and teaching.
In addition to my work as a life mentor and psychotherapist, I offer compassion- and mindfulness-based trainings, lectures, and retreats throughout New England. As a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher, I facilitate this 8-week program in various organizations and community settings such as The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance (www.chacmc.org ) and the Providence VA Hospital. As a registered Phoenix Rising Yoga teacher and PRYT Yoga Therapist, I facilitate body-focused practices in my life mentoring, teaching, and clinical work. I believe that listening to our body's wisdom is essential in promoting overall health.
My spiritual practice focuses on applying Dharma teachings to help alleviate individual and community suffering. I practice in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and I am an aspirant to the Order of Interbeing. There are many ways I cultivate seeds of joy including cooking, dancing to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, building community, and spending time with family, friends, nature, and my poodle, Tashi.