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ABOUT ME

Originally from Argentina, I obtained my degree (title of Psychology) from National University of Rosario. Following my relocation to Washington D.C., I received a certification of Bachelor and Masters in Psychology from the leading World Education Services (WES), and continued expanding my practice in the area of northern Virginia. My work experience includes treatment of various groups and population in diverse work settings, including work with U.S. government official programs, non-profit organizations, clinics, coalitions, and many more.I am an active Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a private practice in the District of Columbia. I work with adolescents and adults, and I specialize in working with individual and couples addressing issues such as trauma, depression, addictions, family conflicts, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, parenting, sexual abuse, divorce, and work related issues, among others. My approach to work is psychodynamic, and more specifically, psychoanalytic. Psychoanalysis is a discipline that includes both an interpretation of human subjectivity and its behaviors as a therapeutic method for treating the psychic suffering of the human subject. My practice is based, precisely, on the belief of the unconscious and its interpretation. Frequently, I also use psychotherapy techniques such as Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT). These methods are used as alternatives and/or complementary tools in learning how to manage emotions, and address issues such phobias, anxiety, compulsions, traumas, stress reduction, etc.

CREDENTIALS & EDUCATION

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) 
Awarded by the District of Columbia Board of Counseling, the Licensed Professional Counselor is a Credential conferred to those who obtained a minimum of an earned Master's degree from a mental health counseling program from a regionally accredited college or university. The DC Board of Counseling also set the following requirements for LPC's applicants: 3,500 hour supervised residency in counseling practice with various populations after earning a master's degree; A minimum of 200 hours of supervisory sessions, occurring at a minimum of one hour and a maximum of four hours supervision per thirty five (35) hours of work experience, during the period of the residency; A completion of a graduate level coursework of thirteen core content areas; Document 600 supervised internship hours to include 240 direct client contact hours; And passing score on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) developed and regulated by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The content on the NCE is general in nature, and it tests the abilities, skills, and knowledge that is necessary for a counselor to be effective. The exam is based on eight content areas and five work behaviors, for a total of 13 different domains. The eight content areas of the NCE are: Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Foundations, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Career and Lifestyle Development, Appraisal, Research and Program Evaluation, and Professional Orientation and Ethics. The five work behaviors tested on the NCE are: Fundamentals of Counseling, Assessment and Career Counseling, Group Counseling, Programmatic and Clinical Intervention, and Professional and Practice Issues. The exam itself consists of 200 multiple choice questions, and examinees have four hours to complete the exam. 

EDUCATION

National University of Rosario (1995-1998 / 2000-2003)
Rosario, Argentina. Mayor/Degree: Psychology. US equivalency summary: Bachelor and Master's degree in Psychology from a regionally accredited institution. 198.0 US semester credits hours certified by Word Education Services (WES).

Argosy University (2009)
Washington, DC. Course: Professional and Ethical Issues.

WORKSHOPS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Most of my experience was obtained as bilingual (English-Spanish) Counselor. While working as a Counselor, I developed and presented a variety of workshops and trainings for teachers, educators, and/or parents. Workshops topics included Psycho-education, Parental Attachment/Skills, Acculturation, Understanding Young Children's Behavior, Subjectivity, Emotional and Social Development, Addiction, Domestic Violence, and many others. Workshops and trainings were presented at Casa de Maryland (largest Latino and immigrant organization in the state of Maryland) and Barbara Chambers Children's Center (Model school with a high quality child care program), among other places. I am an author of a multiple articles published in Newspapers and University journals in Argentina, including diario El Litoral (Santa Fe city's most important newspaper, printed in Spanish). My work has been used as a teaching material in the National University of Rosario and may be found on line. I am an American Counseling Association (ACA) active Professional member as well as Psychotherapist Associate of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). I also adhered to the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.

BUILDING MY SKILLS

Building My Skills is an educational board game to instruct people with intellectual disabilities about life and social skills while playing and enhancing their strengths. Building My Skills was created by me with the purpose of providing an extra educational tool for working with people with Co-occurring Mental Illness. Building My Skills is inspired by them and suggested and designed to be used with this population. Building My Skills attempt to be an additional trainer and education tool for teachers, trainers, counselors, professionals and parents working with people with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Through this game, I intend offering one of the many ways to make our recipients feel useful, self-determining, valuable and most of all, included.
 
Building My Skills works toward the development of people's strengths by practicing day to day activities and learning daily responsibilities and chores by sharing other player's experiences.
 
Building My Skills gives the players the motivation and enthusiasms necessary to learn numerous life and social skills while they are sharing a good time with people they love and make them feel good.

Building My Skills was created based on what the people with co-occurring mental illness need. The best opportunity to let your beneficiary have the chance to enjoy and get educated is to allow him to play Building My Skills. - Building My Skills Intellectual Disability version click here
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