Integrative Mental Health + Wellness Practitioner
I aim to provide a sanctuary for individuals seeking trust, connection, support, and love.
Veronica completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Long Island University. She is a doctoral candidate at New York University and is on track to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work. Her research focuses on bridging the gap to equitable and accessible healthcare for women and families.
She has over 15 years of experience supporting diverse populations in a variety of Mental Health settings which include private practice, public and nonprofit organizations.
In her experience as a Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher, and Meditation Facilitator, Veronica promotes the importance of a holistic and integrative approach to healing. She specializes in Teens' and Women's Wellness, Maternal and Perinatal Health, Trauma, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Boundaries, and Healthy Relationships.
It was when I found myself staring at an empty crib that it hit me... she's never coming home. At 3 months and 3 days old my beautiful daughter, Mila, became an angel baby except I wasn’t ready for her to grow her wings.
After countless NICU rounds, hospital stays, procedures, and tests, her pain had ended, but mine had just begun.
After losing my child, I tried to find any place of comfort and solace and couldn’t seem to find anything to mend my shattered heart.
I was so angry at the world, at healthcare providers, at people’s unwarranted advice, and even mad at myself for something that was beyond my control.
As I started ebbing and flowing through this cycle of grief (which is not linear AT ALL by the way), I thought to myself. You have two options: 1) Lose my sh*t! OR 2) create a legacy to honor my daughter's name. I chose the latter.
At the time, I didn’t know what that looked like or what that meant and I was even a little mad at myself for thinking that there could possibly be hope on “the other side”. Was it possible for me to drag myself out of this hole, that I felt okay staying in, away from the world? It was safe there because it felt like in some weird way, there was still a connection to her (grief is tricky that way)!
Fast forward a few months, I started edging my way into things that comforted me like yoga, journaling, and listening to nature sounds. And to be honest, my yoga practice sometimes looked like me crying hysterically on my mat, but boy did it feel good to release in that way.
Week by week I started to incorporate yoga asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breath connection). I found that the more I practiced this, the more I started to get in tune with myself again.
Movement was the medicine I didn’t know I was seeking (despite my therapist’s encouragement to try antidepressants- yes, therapists need therapists too)! It’s not that I don’t believe in medication but somehow I knew I could heal myself organically. I needed to be patient with this process and invite sadness in even when I didn’t want to feel it. The trick I learned was that it was okay to be sad and even depressed sometimes but it was important that I didn’t STAY in that space.
So why am I telling you this?
Although this is really vulnerable and close to my heart, there is POWER in telling your story. I hope to bring healing to those around me who need support. I wish that I had someone like me (now) back then and I hope to be that person for you. My pain gradually became my purpose. This work is deeper than "just a business" to me, it's my soul's calling. I aim to support individuals going through big trauma and life transitions so that they can quickly overcome their struggles and fears.
Since my experience, I have gained a deeper understanding of myself, my boundaries, and my desires. I can finally TRUST myself! This is something that I never really practiced until I became self-aware. I found that "thing" that fuels the fire in my heart and it's all connected to my sacred mission. Empowering YOU, is my sacred mission. Transforming your pain is possible. I did it and SO CAN YOU!
If you landed here, it’s no accident. Chances are, you are either navigating through rough waters or are in the middle of a big transition. Although our stories might not be identical, the universe has brought us here together. Healing is a journey and one that shouldn't be walked alone, so let me walk with you!
Let me help you take the steps to discover your inner sanctuary and BLOOM into the best version of YOU. Welcome home!
LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker)
Certified Reiki Practitioner + Somatic Healer
Yoga Alliance Certified, 200-Hour Yoga Teacher
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Prenatal/Postnatal Teacher, Guatemala
Certified Meditation Facilitator, Peru
Certified Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher, New York
Postpartum Doula Trained
Doctorate in Clinical Social Work, Doctoral Candidate, New York University
My intuition helps me stay grounded and connected in all that I do and who I serve.
My principles are guided by my values and beliefs and allow me to live life, unapologetically.
My creativity allows me to find joy and enthusiasm in all that I do and reminds me to embrace my inner child and play!
I have a very sweet and very anxious frenchie named, LolaBunny. And Yes, she’s just as spoiled as her name sounds!
I’m an only child but before you judge, I promise I’m not “that kind” of an only child. But, me and my momma are super close.
I’ve moved A Lot but my ideal place to live is near water, surrounded by lush greenery, and energized by the sun!