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About Me



I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC (License # MH 17728) with a Ph.D. in Linguistics.

I am a Certified Clinical TeleMental Health Provider (CTMH).

I also have certifications in Trauma treatment and in Mindfulness for treating stress/anxiety (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR) and for treating children and teens.

In my private practice, I offer psychotherapy/counseling services to individuals, couples and families in different languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian). Contact to schedule a session.

Through AUM Life Wellness, I offer workshops, mindfulness and support groups for grief, teens, stress, anxiety, mindfulness for beginners, among others. 

I also offer individual and group Mindfulness Meditation sessions. You can check my Meditations in this site.

I have a podcast Be Healthy! Be Mindful! and a You Tube channel where I discuss topics on Mental Health and Mindfulness. Podcast episodes and videos are in English and Brazilian Portuguese. 

Finally, I write monthly articles in Portuguese on topics in Mental Health and Mindfulness at Acontece Magazine.


I published an e-book in Portuguese on Mental Health issues: Dicas de Saúde Mental


I have experience in the treatment of trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, grief, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger management, opposition defiance disorder (ODD), self-esteem issues, and stress management. 

I did my master in the Mental Health Counseling program at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. During my training I worked with victims of domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, and visited some of my clients at a shelter for domestic violence. 

After graduating, I worked for PsychoSolutions and the Institute for Child and Family Health Inc. In both agencies I provided mental health services to children and families within their communities. I had the opportunity to treat children and adolescents with ADHD, trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse, anger issues, oppositional defiance disorder among others.

I also worked at the Dharma Institute in Doral under the supervision of Dr. Cristina Sabroso.

I started my career as a linguist, professor and researcher. I have a Ph.D. in linguistics and I was a professor at FIU for several years. At FIU, I developed a research program to study language development in bilingual toddlers. This research was funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

To fulfill my strong desire to help people outside the academic world, I decided to become a Mental Health Counselor.    


Specializing in the Treatment of 

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • PTSD

  • Grief

  • Abuse

  • Domestic Violence 

  • ADHD

  • Anger management

  • Oppositional defiance disorder

  • Adolescent issues

  • Self-esteem

  • Stress management

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