Soy una aconsejadora especializando en terapia de individuo, parejas y familia, trabajando con adultos y adolescentes (más que 13 años), y mantengo una clinica privada en Gaithersburg MD. Soy bilingue en español y ingles. Mi licencia es como Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) por el estado de Maryland.
Con una experiencia extensa trabajando con populaciones diversas y como una graduada de Florida State University con especialidad en Aconsejeria, ahora sirvo un grupo selecta de clientes. Mis especialidades son en los areas de terapia bilingue, trauma, desordenes de afecto, desordenes de ansiedad, personas viviendo con VIH/SIDA, orientaciones sexuales, problemas multiculturales y problemas entre personas. Mi orientacion teoretica es centrado en el cliente (client-centered therapy) y trato ofrecer una relacion profecional que apoye a los clientes y al mismo tiempo les pongo a prueba para alcanzar su potencial.
License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, state of Maryland, #LC3320. Expires 1/31/2011
National Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors, #228169. Expires 12/31/2012.
American Counseling Association. Member since October 2005.
Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education, nominated April 2006
M.S. in Counseling and Human Systems
Ed.S in Mental Health Counseling August 2007
B.S. in Psychology December 2004
Minor in Spanish
AA in Psychology August 2002
Santa FeCommunity CollegeGainesville, FL
TABS (Tactile Alternating Bilateral Stimulation) treatment for emotional regulation. Trained by John Omaha, PhD., on April 3, 2008 in College ParkMD. (PESI)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: treatment for borderline personality disorder. Training completed on August 5, 2008 by Dr. Connie Callahan in
College ParkMD. (PESI)
Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams (certificate of completion, 2006), National Cancer Institute, U.S. National Institute of Health: completion of a two-hour tutorial on ethical treatment of human subjects offered by the NCI as part of professional education for a research team on the HANDling Diabetes Project, supervised by Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Ph.D. This non-credit course satisfied the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining grant funds.
Alek’s House, LLC, Lanham MD. PRP Specialist. January 2009 to January 2010. Part-time position with duties of managing and auditing PRP files. Also responsible for training of rehab coordinators, planning and running monthly meetings, and facilitating communication between therapists, rehab coordinators, and executive staff.
Alek’s House, LLC, Lanham MD. Contract Therapist. January 2009 to January 2010. Duties same as below, in continuity of agency name change, with caseload of 25-30.
Alek's House, LLC/LINKS, Inc, Greenbelt, MD. Family Therapist. October 2007 to January 2009. Duties include providing individual, group, and family counseling to children, adolescents and adults, as well as case documentation, OMS, concurrent registration and registration for PRP. Client caseload of 40 clients/families. Familiarity with Maryland Medicaid billing and self-pay procedures required for this position.
APS Healthcare Inc, Silver Spring MD. Clinical Care Manager and EAP Counselor. July 2007 to October 2007. Duties include EAP assessments, outpatient referrals, outpatient authorizations, crisis line, and clinical-first duties including referrals and authorization to higher levels of care (inpatient, detox, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs). Specialized programs used include FACETS, IRIS, and ASAM criteria for placement and assessment.
Internships and Practicum
Gadsden Correctional Facility, pre-master’s level intern. Supervised by Dr. Donna Kitch, senior psychologist. Completed 850 internship hours in June 2007. Hours included individual caseload of 20-25 clients, co-leading one anger management group (SAMHSA curriculum), proposing/developing/co-leading one stress management/anxiety counseling group, leading a chronic illness group of HIV-positive women, leading a self-esteem/self-actualization group, individual and group supervision, administrative tasks, case documentation, and Department of Corrections training. September 2006-June 2007
Catholic Charities, pre-master’s level intern. Supervised by Margaret Haynes, LCSW. Completion of 150 internship hours, including individual client contact, observation, training, administrative tasks, independent research, case documentation, and individual supervision. July 2006 – December 2006
HumanServicesCenter, pre-master’s level practicum. Supervised by Michael Railey, PhD. Completion of 100 client contact hours, of supervised individual counseling. January-May 2006
Laboratory assistant to Dr. Suzanne Bennett Johnson, chair of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences department of the FSU College of Medicine (September 2005 to August 2006). Responsible for telephone interviews with parents of
LeonCounty schoolchildren for grant-awarded project “Preventing Pediatric Obesity” and for telephone interviews (24-hour Recall Interviews) with parents of diabetic children participating in the NIH-funded “HANDling Diabetes” project. Other duties included literature searches, data entry, data cleaning, and photocopying.
Research assistant for Jon Maner, PhD (August to December 2004). Implemented experiments for project, “Looking at Pictures”. Also conducted phone recruitment for study, “Personality, Emotional Functioning, and Picture Perception”, a study co-authored by Bryan Loney, Ph.D. Other duties were data entry and attending weekly lab meeting.
Research assistant for Mary Gerend, PhD (February 2004 to May 2005). Coordinated lab for grant-funded study “Women’s Use of Hormone Therapy”. Study co-authored by Janet Shepard, M.D. Main responsibility: day-to-day functioning of lab, administration of surveys, and delegation of responsibilities to DIS students. Distributed surveys to patients and physicians at TallahasseeMemorialHospital to collect information on beliefs and habits regarding hormone therapy. Also coordinated lab functions for a one-semester study on FSU college women’s perceptions of STDs and preventative health measures. Other duties included data entry, journal database research, photocopying, and survey assembly.
Conducted survey on humor development in Developmental Psychology class at Santa FeCommunity College. (Spring 2002). Project entailed informal research on various age groups via survey. Supervised by course instructor: Kathy Swan, MS.
Group Facilitator for Rainbows for All God’s Children Support Group, Catholic Charities (September to December 2003). Facilitated small groups of children in a secular support group offered to children grades K-12, dealing with loss due to divorce, death, and/or separation. Supervised by Steven Henneka, MSW, and Maureen Sheehan-Carney
Completed six semesters of Master’s level program in Counseling and Human Systems (Mental Health Counseling specialty) as of Spring 2007. Graduate GPA 3.9, Dean’s list for Fall 2005.
Elective courses taken in Living with HIV/AIDS (SOW5688), Chemical Dependency (SOW5712), Family Violence (SOW5614), and Family Counseling (SOW5611)