Bilingual, personable, and proactive Marriage and Family Counselor/Mental Health Counselor focused on building positive rapport with a diverse range of clients. Adept at facilitating both individual and group therapy sessions to help participants overcome obstacles with superior interpersonal skills.
Fluent in Spanish language
Knowledge of health education information
Interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft applications
Able to work independently and as a member of a team
Family therapy experience
Excellent relationship building skills
CPR and First Aid certified
Comfortable with diverse populations
Able to participate in multidisciplinary team approach
Able to manage client crises
Conflict resolution training
Suicide risk assessments
Assisted more than 600 clients in obtaining counselor education and employment that of which were primarily with at-risk youth. Implemented a daily substance abuse prevention curriculum for middle school youth called Project SUCCESS.
University of Florida2012Masters of Education/Specialist in Education: Marriage and Family TherapyGainesville , FL, 32609Coursework in Domestic Violence Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Developmental Counseling, and Play Therapy.
University of Florida2006Bachelor of Science: Health Science Education Gainesville, FL
CDS Family and Behavioral HealthDecember 2012 to CurrentPrevention Specialist Gainesville, FL
Conducted crisis counseling sessions each week with middle school students as they presented.
Interviewed and assessed new middle school student clients each week.
Referred students and their families to outside social service providers to address psychiatric and personal issues.
Built positive rapport with student resource officers, school administration, school staff, and community service agencies.
Conducted individual counseling sessions to address physical, mental, social and emotional problems caused by substance abuse.
Led group sessions consisting of 7 to 12 youth focusing on Substance Abuse Prevention.
Acted as a role model for students by exhibiting positive behaviors.
Conferred with parents and guardians, teachers and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
CDS Family and Behavioral HealthMay 2012 to December 2012Counseling Intern for Family Action Gainesville, FL
Collected information about clients, using techniques such as interviewing, discussion, and observation
Counseled parents with child rearing problems
Developed individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems
Maintained a problem-solving, solution-oriented attitude in all aspects of work
Assessed family problems and worked with clients to develop coping skills for those problems
Conducted individual therapy with adolescent and parent and family sessions to teach needed skills, and develop positive alternatives to drug use and other problem behaviors
Conferred with clients to discuss their options and goals
Family and Youth Ministry at The Gainesville Christian Church:
Served as Middle School Ministry Leader for 5 years (2009-2014)
Served as High School Ministry Leader 2015-present