I am originally from California, grew up in the Los Angeles area. I am first generation Mexican-American, my parents immigrated to the U.S. in the mid 1970’s from Michoacan, Mexico. I grew up in a predominantly Latin X community, my first language was Spanish. I was fortunate enough to go to a school with a bilingual program (Spanish, English). I am the youngest of seven children, and I am a first-generation college student, and military veteran.
Upon graduating from high school, I joined the U.S. Army, I was an Infantryman for 13 years and served overseas four times in support of OIF/OEF. I had many roles while in the service, one was Master Resiliency Trainer/Counselor. I provided guidance, counseling and taught DBT skills to soldiers and family members. I was also an Army Substance Abuse counselor, I conducted drug screens, counseling, and education of substances affecting the unit and surrounding community.
I use exercise and meditation in my life daily to clear my mind, and be at ease with myself. In my spare time I enjoy riding a bike, running/jogging. I have a five-year-old boy and a 1.5-year-old girl who enjoy swimming, I take them out to local lakes/rivers when the weather is ideal. My son has a lot of energy, our bedtime routine consists of meditation/mindfulness to unwind and rest.
My experience providing services and support as a social worker comes from working in community settings. I was an intern for the Bellevue Fire Dept CARES program, CARES social workers respond to non-emergency 911 calls. Calls range from substance use, mental illness, homeless individuals, to fall prevention. We informed the community of resources and programs they were eligible for. Following the Fire Department, I worked in an emergency department. I met with people that came in with a wide range of concerns, many were in crisis due to mental illness, substance use, trauma, illness, and or life stressors. Upon graduating with my Master’s and at the height of COVID (June 2020). I worked in a community hospital, I was on the medical surgical floor, critical care unit, and emergency department.
I received my Master of Social Work with a concentration in Health/Mental Health because I understand that mental illness has a significant impact on overall health and daily life activities. Taking care of your mind will allow you to take care of your body.
Working in hospital and fire department provided me with firsthand knowledge of Trauma Informed Care, De-escalating techniques, DBT skills, and psycho education, substance education, provided support to patients and families that were at end of life.
I enjoyed working in emergency services because of the diverse and unexpected challenges of the job. It took a lot of creativity to engage with patients at times. Trauma work is where my passion is, my ideal patient/client is someone that is struggling with mental illness (anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, major life/role changes, trauma, anger, PTSD). I work with teenagers, young/older adults, and military veterans.
I bring my life experiences and tools I have picked up in school and working in community and emergency services to my practice. I am by no means an expert; I am continuously learning new ways to improve myself and my counseling approach. I can be there to guide and support you. I am only providing services via telehealth.
University of Washington, Tacoma. BA in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Social Justice
University of Washington, Seattle. Master of Social Work. Health/Mental Health concentration
Motivational Interviewing (University of Washington)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (University of Washington)
Trauma Informed Care (Overlake Hospital Emergency Department)
Caring for Persons with Life-Limiting Illnesses (University of Washington)
DBT Skills (Overlake Hospital Emergency Department)
Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License
WA State, SC61070472