Hi! My name is Cristy Sanchez, and I am so excited to work with you.
I am hopeful that sharing my story gives you a bit of insight into who I am and where I come from.
“The pain you feel today is the strength you gain tomorrow”
I was four years old when my younger sister passed away suddenly. God called His little angel back home. At the young age of four, I am not sure I was fully capable of understanding all that had just happened in my life. I have few but vivid memories of the events that happened that day. One of the most impactful was the bright yellow caution tape that surrounded my home upon my arrival. The difficult and vivid memory, however, was going to bed on the night we lost her and seeing her empty crib in our room. “Where is Sofie, Mami?” I asked. My mom answered, “She is with Papa Dios, cuqui.”
I remember seeing my parents crying each day and feeling the sadness in my house lingering like a dark cloud that seemed to never go away. Even a four-year-old little girl could tell something was wrong, but I don’t think I ever truly understood until the years continued to pass by and she never returned back to her crib.
Years of pushed back emotions and lots of emotional baggage later, I finally realized that the little four-year-old girl who longed for her sister’s presence still remained in a thirteen-year-old’s body now. Filled with overwhelming amounts of insecurity and unhappiness, I continued pushing through my tremendous self-doubt, fighting desperately to find my way.
Will I ever love my body? Will I ever fully love myself?
Growing up as a dancer both restored me and destroyed me. Dance was often my escape. When I was having a rough night, I would go to dance class and immediately feel better the minute the music turned on… except even then, there would be whispers of doubt in my mind. You see… I was never a very thin girl. Instead, I highly represented my Latina roots with my wider hips and thicker thighs. But… dancers aren’t supposed to look this way. We are supposed to be thin and lean. If my leotard fit too tight or my thighs looked larger, I would be ridiculed in front of the other girls in my class. I even remember being weighed in a room all alone and having my coach tell me I needed to lose ten pounds by the following week or I would be kicked out of class.
How was I supposed to learn to love myself under those conditions?
My mom forced me out of competitive studio dance and encouraged me to join the dance team at my high school instead. It was during these years that I felt like I was visible again. My coach didn’t see my weight; instead, she saw my passion. It restored such a sense of hope in me that “maybe I could be happy with myself and my body one day.” Like many teens, however, I still struggled.
That is when I met Betsy. Fast forward to my early college years with continuous spirals of good days and bad days, I finally decided to prioritize myself. I told my mom I wanted to go to therapy. I made the choice to put ME first.
Betsy showed me that the only way to overcome pain is by going through it. During our conversations, I discovered that there were many feelings and emotions from my past I had addressed that inevitably hindered my progress.
It was only when I chose to leave my past behind me and live in the present moment that I was able to discover true happiness.
Today, I stand proud of the person I am – a strong and courageous individual who chose to create the life she desired. It was not easy, but it was certainly worth it.
So, the choice is yours… will you choose to defeat your obstacles or be defeated by them?
My journey to joy began with a single step… and yours can too!
I would be honored to be a part of your transformative journey and accompany you every step of the way.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and I am currently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Miami.
Presently, I am offering services as a student therapist, under supervision. My goal is to help others discover their own strength and create the life they are proud to live each day.
I can’t wait to work with you!
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