~ Serving clients since 2004 ~
I am a sensitive, passionate and deeply inquisitive human. From a very young age I have asked myself "Who am I?". Who inhabits this body I call 'me'? What am I doing here? What is the point of doing what we do? I believe we are all here for a purpose and aligning with that has been my life's mission. In some level we all share the purpose of living a life worth living. For some that might be having meaningful relationships; or doing something meaningful in the world, being 'successful', expressing our highest potential, experiencing love, or seeking union with a divine or higher power. In some way we are all on a mission, on a heroes journey as.Joseph Campbell would say. We all have lessons to learn in this lifetime, challenges to overcome, people to forgive, opportunities to expand, to offer something. We all come with different gifts and talents too. The thirst for KNOWING myself on a deep level embarked me on my career path but also unknowingly on a spiritual path. Once you are on that path there is no going back. I think I have always been a sensitive soul and have had various degrees of challenges with this going from invalidation from people around me, being labelled as 'crazy', 'too sensitive', having to avoid certain people, places to pretty intense emotional breakdowns and identity crisis. I have had the blessing to integrate my career with my personal spiritual path and been able to connect with the power of my sensitivity. This is part of the reason I have focused my clinical work around working with others that feel in some capacity that their sensitivity is a problem.
When I found Buddhism and found the Contemplative Psychotherapy in Colorado I applied for it as it perfectly aligned with what I wanted which was a clinical approach rooted in a spiritual tradition, that acknowledges the different forms of suffering and has at the core the cultivation of a compassionate heart. I have been in the mental health field for over 15 years in Colombia, Italy and now in the United States; and have extensive training and experience working with trauma stemming from attachment disorders that lead to relational issues, anxiety, depression, add lack of self-worth and self-esteem. I love working with souls that need nurturing, containment, and mirroring and that want to fly and grow wings. Freedom comes from within. With this vision, I created UNNIDO when I was living in Colombia in 2009 and I was working as a therapist and Yoga Teacher. Un-nido means a-nest in Spanish, which represents in the psyche a nurturing holding environment. UNNIDO also alludes to union which is the essence of Yoga (Yug=union of the individual soul with divine consciousness), which is also at the root of my psychotherapeutic work.
Why Therapy is part of your Spiritual Path
I am passionate about psychotherapeutic work because of its effectiveness in facilitating change and transformation, but also because it can be a window into experiencing different states of consciousness that deepen the way we see ourselves and the world we live in. I believe we are all here for a purpose, and that part of our human journey is about remembering our essence and uncovering the clarity and wisdom that is inherent in our natural state of mind. I believe that the longing for wholeness and freedom from suffering is at the core of our human journey, which often launches us into a spiritual path. In this path, which is also just life itself, we often find ourselves unable to live up to our ideals, and often generating suffering around our human limitations. In that journey we can easily fall into spiritual materialism, by pushing away what hurts, and what we find unacceptable about ourselves, while over focusing on creating spiritual states that ultimately dissociate us from our shadow. When this happens, we become arrogant, and secretly feeling better than others, we don't want to look at others suffering because we are too busy feeling good about ourselves. So how do we reconcile the pure longing of our hearts, with the limitations of wrong views, mental conditioning and dysfunctional dynamics? This is where, I believe psychotherapeutic work is essential on our path toward wholeness and liberation. My passion is to guide and support others toward higher levels of functioning and actualization. You can become free from your past and 'your story,' and clear the path to experience something different.