Ana Maria is a Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA) through the State of Oregon and holds a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University (1990). She completed undergraduate studies at the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University. Ana Maria lived in various countries in Latin America and Europe for twenty years and has worked with refugees and immigrants in a variety of social work and counseling settings. She considers herself a bridge by which clients can learn about and access services to live, grow, and thrive in their communities.
"I believe that exploring and understanding a person's story, including family of origin and cultural influences is critical in identifying trauma; repetitive behavioral and relational patterns; as well as positive and negative coping strategies. I consider the process and journey of healing to be uniquely personal, supportive and educational with a collaborative emphasis on identifying strengths, improving communication and healthy boundaries. I am deeply committed to engaging and working with each individual whether in English or Spanish, in a way which promotes their health as a whole person: body, mind and spirit.