Psychologist in Private Practice. Buenos Aires. (Current – 2012). Offer individual and couples support, assessment, and mental health care to English speakers living in Buenos Aires. Apply integrative approaches based on modern therapy techniques and counseling methods. Help clients care for their needs and access support in Buenos Aires.
Individual & Couples Counselor. Portland, Oregon (June 2012 – Feb 2009). Counseled individuals and couples on wellness and personal development utilizing strength-based approaches, systemic re-engineering, positive psychology, and coaching resources. Taught courses on mindfulness and professional development at Oregon Psychoanalytic Center and in the community.
Child and Adolescent Therapist. Morrison Child and Family Services – Portland, Oregon (July 2001 – Sept 2008). Served as therapist and case manager to culturally-diverse youth and families with complex emotional needs. Provided mental health and psychosocial assessment and strength-based treatment, DSM diagnosis, multi-disciplinary cross-system service planning, collaborative goal setting and progress monitoring. Helped create positive partnerships among youth, care-takers, providers, and multi-system stakeholders, including juvenile justice system, DHS, schools, and community resources. Educated youth and families on resource use and empowered their self-efficacy and strengths. For two years, co-developed and led successful support group for youth ages 14 to 18 which served the entire Morrison agency. Served as cultural consultant in internal task force which drafted recommendations for cultural competency and trainings agency wide.
Cultural Consultant. SAMHSA-NY Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, New York (Nov 2004 – May 2008). Provided cultural and clinical input in SAHMSA-funded research to adapt McFarlane’s Multi-family Psycho-education Program to better serve Latino, Chinese, and African-American consumers and families experiencing schizophrenia-related conditions and dual diagnosis. Engaged with culturally diverse individuals, families, providers, administrators, and expert researchers to study the model and bring the family and consumer’s cultural preferences to consideration in improving the model’s cultural competency and ability to engage culturally diverse groups. Interviewed consumers and their support systems. Participated in inter-disciplinary discussions and issued reports on culturally sensitive practices to engage, retain, and successfully assist culturally diverse individuals and families. Advanced my own cultural competence as well as my understanding of complex psychiatric and psychosocial needs, and how to promote successful collaboration among systems and consumers. Served as reviewer in the writing of Adaptation Toolkit published in the US.
Community Grief Counseling. Housing Authority of Portland. Portland, OR (May 2010 – July 2010). Offered cross-cultural consulting in emergency ad-hoc team set by the Housing Authority in order to deescalate social tensions and provide support to residents affected by ethnic violence.
Health Educator. NY-Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University, New York (July 2004 – May 2008). Provided reproductive health education in high-school school-based clinic and young adults attending the Young Men’s Clinic in the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in NYC. Developed outreach and engagement strategies to motivate youth to attend services. Created sports, employment and entertainment activities that successfully engaged at risk participants. Increased male use of clinic services by over 300% percent. Acted a liaison in cross-system interface involving hospital, school, and community agencies. Create protocols for engagement and successful case management in the role.
Case Manager. The Family Center. NY-Presbyterian Hospital – Children Services, New York (Jan 2002 – July 2004). Provided case planning and counseling to children and families at risk of abuse or neglect. Successfully integrated cross-system priorities in case management, counseling, and child-protective mandates as set by the partnership between the hospital’s pediatrics psychiatry unit and NYC’s Administration for Children Services. Coordinated care among various service providers and advocated for family-centered considerations in reaching child protective and family wellness goals. Served as advocate for families, while working with families and stakeholders to understand each other and find means for collaboration. Worked with families of African-American, Latino, and other minority backgrounds and made efforts to provide cross-culturally appropriate support. Learned to attend to cross-cultural ethnic and cross-system sensibilities in order to facilitate successful collaborations.