A Brief Bio

I love the work I do and am grateful for the paths that brought me here. I first started my work in psychology and social work in South America in 1998. Between then and now, I had the joy of working a variety of jobs while going to school, from scuba instructor, surfer instruction, and kayak tour guide.

I love nature and I spend as much time in the outdoors as I possibly can. Traveling and learning are some of my greatest passions in life. After receiving my first graduate degree in Counselling, I decided to spend two months studying Yoga in India, where I became a Yoga Instructor. My training has not only deepened my own practice, but has allowed me to share this healing knowledge with my clients, friends and family. Yoga has changed my life since I first tried it in 1999. I incorporate Yoga in my work in creative ways.

Originally from Brazil, I lived in Hawaii for several years until I moved to Seattle in 2013. Even with a busy work schedule, I still take the time for self-care by diving, surfing, practicing Yoga, hiking, skiing, and traveling. Learning something new brings excitement to my life and sharing it with others gives me meaning.


• Masters in Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
• MA Counseling Psychology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI
• BA in Psychology, University of Hawaii at Hilo
• Substance Abuse and Addiction Study Certification, University of Hawaii West Oahu
• 200-hour Yoga Training at Rishikesh Yoga Peeth, Swarg Ashram, India

Professional Experience

I have worked with families, individuals, and groups in various settings since 1998. While living in Hawaii I worked in in-patient services with individuals and families, clients in chemical dependency recovery centers, youth in the foster care system, and with group and individual therapeutic services with youth and adults with substance abuse problems (co-occurring). For the last three years I have been in community mental health, serving families, children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group sessions. I am also a cultural humility (competency) trainer, prevention group facilitator, and do group and individual wellness work. I am part of a Prevention Coalition called Prevention Works in North Seattle- Prevention WINS (I am currently a Co-chair).

Professional Licensure/Certification

• I am Licensed Mental Health Therapist in the State of WA (license number MHC.LH. 60688130)
• CBT Plus Therapist (Provider Number # 1975255)
• State and National Certified Prevention Professional (Certification Number: 16-CPP-139)
• National Board of Certified Counselors (Certification Number: 802008)
• Certified de Yoga Instructor (RYS Regd No: 046196/2009)

Professional Trainings

I attend professional trainings on an ongoing basis. Below are some of the trainings and certifications I have received in the past three years:
• Trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)
• Mindfulness (Meditation)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus (CBT Plus)
• Motivational Interviewing
• Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
• Guiding Good Choices
• Fortaleciendo Familias
• Intensive Introduction to solution Focused Brief Therapy
• Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
• Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Core Compentcies for Mental Heatlh Professionals
• Professional Workshop on Motivational Interviewing- Parents Inc
• Motivational Interviewing- King County
• Advanced Motivational Interviwing- King County
• Motivating the Resistant Adolescent through the Progression of Change
• Safe Talk- Suicide Alertness for Everyone
• “General Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse” Training
• Activities for Facilitating Courageous Conversations
• A Culture-Centered Approach to Recovery
• Path to Recovery
• Self-direction, Person Centered Planning and Shared Decision Making to Facilitate Recovery. Part 1 and 2
• Culturally Adapted Substance Abuse treatemtn for Racial and Ethnic Minority Adolescents (Webinar)
• Cross system Training for Child and Youth Serving System – DSHS- Division of Developmental Disabilities
• UNITING for Youth Cross Systems Training- Helping our Homeless Youth
• UNITING for Youth Cross Systems Training- Transgender Youth
• A Cross System Training for Child and Youth Serving System- Mental Health Chemical Dependency Services Division
• Community Transistions (Webinar)
• Peer Counseling (Webinar)
• Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) Learning Collaborative
• Trauma Informed Care
• Advanced Trauma Informed Care
• Upside Down and Inside Out: supporting a Person in Crisis/Supporting the People Who Care


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