When my clients come to me, culture and ethnicity are fundamental dimensions that I consider to understand their stories. The culture or cultures we were raised in, the ethnic group we feel we belong to, and the cultural values we share as adults, give a significant contribution to who we are and what we expect in life. As an Italian immigrant in the United States, I have first hand experiences with the challenges of adapting to different cultural environments. As a psychologist at Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC), I developed expertise working with individuals with a diverse ethnic and cultural background.
I offer therapy and assessment services in English, Spanish and Italian. At ACGC and in private practice, I often witness how the additional stress of belonging to an ethnic minority and/or adjusting to a new cultural milieu can impact my clients' wellbeing as individuals and as family members. Through my clinical work on adjustment difficulties, I help my clients figure out what the values that are most meaningful for them are and how to honor these values in their lives.