Who I Am
My name is Rene DValery. I was born in Nicaragua, Central America, and came to live in the United States when I was 11 years old in the aftermath of the civil war that tore apart my country of birth. From an early age, I learned about the strength that we, human beings, can muster in the face of atrocity, loss, family separation, and traumatic events. Since I was a child, I recognized the power of our brains, and how the stories that we chose to believe are the ones that hold us back or propel us forward. Nevertheless, as an adult, my growth as a person was stifled by the memories of events that I had witnessed and lived through—I didn’t know who I was or where I was going, but I did know that there was someone inside of me who needed and wanted to come out…so I sought therapeutic support. At that time, I began to learn about who I was, began integrating and reconciling with events from my past that unbeknownst to me were haunting me in silence, and discovered a light at the end of a dark and long tunnel. As a result, my life was propelled forward: I developed a loving and accepting relationship with myself and with the people around me, was able to discover overall peace, and was able to finally be true to myself. The work that I did with my therapist was life-changing for me, and it was so profoundly rewarding that I decided that I wanted to do the same for others, so I decided to become the therapist that I am now.