My Training and Experience
On this website, I use my education and work experience in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work and Divinity to help individuals work through issues that are contributing to their Psychological, Emotional, and Spiritual Distress.
I have a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from DePaul University, a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Services and a Master's in Divinity from the University of Chicago, and several years of experience in Social Work as an Intern, Volunteer, and staff member. I am bilingual (English/Spanish) and my experiences as a person diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis have served as an invaluable source of patience and wisdom.
I have worked as a Social Work Intern in the Child Psychiatry Department at Rush Medical Center in Chicago; a Youth Pastor, Spiritual Counselor, and Program Planner as a Student Minister with the United Church of Hyde Park in Chicago and a Social Work Intern at the Chicago Lighthouse. I have also worked as a Mental Health Professional and Domestic Violence Counselor with Christine Call and Associates, Proviso Family Services and Resurrection Health Care in Chicago; a Youth Crisis Counselor and Volunteer Recruiter with the National Runaway Switchboard in Chicago and a Volunteer Coordinator and Activities Facilitator with the DePaul Community Service Association and Marah’s Place Transitional Shelter for women in Chicago. My responsibilities were to use a Client-Centered Approach and Crisis Intervention Models to help people come to terms with their feelings about crisis situations and explore the options available to them. I assisted clients in reaching short-term goals while helping them put together long-range treatment plans.