I firmly believe that every human being has its own intrinsic capacities that given the right environment based on safety and support they can develop to find their full potential and live a life of plenitude. Animals and nature are born with an inner wisdom that strives for survival and resiliency. We as human beings not only have that inner wisdom but also have the capacity to reflect on it to improve our lives.
Due to my personal experiences and the way I’ve been raised I have developed a deep connection with myself and I have been able to listen to my own needs and honor them in every step of my journey. Due to this inner wisdom that I have developed I have been able to trust in myself and be empowered to recognize every decision I make as the perfect decision for that specific time and place in my life. I was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, where I graduated from a B.A degree in Psychology. I learned there that resiliency is a decisive quality to nurture in order to overcome our socio-political issues and move on in spite of difficulties. Later, I moved to the U.S.A where I got a certified as an Human-Animal Intervention Specialist at Oaklad University. I have volunteered for several organizations that provide AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) services to a wide variety of populations. In this journey I have experienced how being in contact with nature has the potential of reconnecting us with our deepest self and thus can express freely and enjoy an authentic relation with our environment and ourselves. While I was living in Boston, MA I got very interested in Mindfulness practices and in finding ways to integrate them into my life and my relationships with others. Call it destiny or serendipity, I met Professor Ellen Langer who is the mother of research in Mindfulness. I had the honor to work for her at her laboratory as a research assistant at Harvard University. It has been this journey and being far away from my country and my family that led me to get immersed in contemplative practices such as Yoga, Meditation and hiking which has helped me to evolve as a person and as a professional and develop a deeper connection with my own body and thus understand the wisdom and potential that lies in it.
Driven by the conviction of the perception of humans as a Biopsychosocial - spiritual being, I completed a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Bastyr University, a program that has been widely recognized in the country and specifically in the Pacific North West for its Holistic approach. There, I acquired the necessary skills to provide a culturally competent, individualized and compassionate practice that is designed to adapt to each specific client.