Child, Family &
"It takes a village"
This statement is one I connect with the most. Growing up in Washington Heights, to parents who immigrated from the Dominican Republic as teens can attest to that. I am my mother's only child and my father's only daughter, the middle child. My parents separation at an early age taught me the true meaning of family, caregiving, and community building.
Both of my parents and grandmother, depended on me at an early age to help them communicate in English. This led to me being parentified from young.
I later realized that I often leaned more towards supporting their needs than my own, because in a way, our culture tells us that we need to be grateful for and repay our parents + elders for all they have done for us. It was also a time in which I began to lose sense of who I was and who I wanted to become.
As an adult, learning to manage and separate my needs and the expectations of those in my family + society, was challenging and new. I had to unlearn many behaviors that I perceived as acceptable and learn about having safe and healthy boundaries. I learned that the experiences that shaped me as a child still came through as my inner child in adulthood. I had to relearn how to listen to that inner child in me, how to nurture and support it. As a result. I came to learn how to advocate for myself, my family and for those who were treated indifferently.
It is why helping children feel confident and secure, helping families find balance and helping parents navigate who they were before becoming parents + how their views impact the bonds they create with their children is so important to me.
Licensed Master of Social Work
New York License # 091420
Master of Social Work
Relay Graduate School of Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
I have worked in numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York City. I have experience as a charter school teacher in NYC. I have experience with clients of all ages and backgrounds, who come from marginalized and underserved communities. I have been part of multidisciplinary teams and have connected clients to external services, addressed their mental health needs and provided community support.
Specialized Training & Certifications
An intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
An evidence-based psychotherapy that aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder and other difficulties related to traumatic life events.
New York State Dept. Of Education:
- Social Worker, Provisional Certificate
- Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) Transitional B Certificate