About

Experiential Preparation
Perinatal Specialist, Evanston and Highland Park Hospitals
I have a decade of experience supporting families and medical professionals from around the world managing high risk pregnancy or bereavement in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit, Maternal Fetal Medicine practice, outpatient obstetric clinics, and Labor and Delivery units of Evanston and Highland Park Hospitals.  I have accompanied thousands of women and families facing high stakes medical decisions, illness or demise of self or a loved one, infertility, and marital conflict.  In the process, I had the privilege of supporting the professionals staffing and learning in these teaching hospitals.  I am not a physician, but I understand the workflow, lingo, and ambiance of the hospital and outpatient clinic and some of the pressures of medical training and practice.
Hotline Therapist, MOMS Line
I developed expertise in telehealth and continue to learn to connect with clients who  pursue therapy from their homes or workplaces by staffing a hotline dedicated to crisis management of mood disorders in pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and the postpartum.
Group Facilitator, Beyond the Baby Blues
I co-lead peer support groups for mothers experiencing perinatal anxiety or depression.
Paralegal, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Legal Aid Society
I learned the value of sensitivity and respect when interviewing clients facing of high stakes financial challenges.  Public interest attorneys taught me to amplify the support I can offer to a client with awareness of the hats they wear in their households, jobs, and communities.
Early experience
Between earning an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish at Georgia State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, I worked stateside and across Latin America for multinational corporations and law firms.
Postgraduate training
I am fluent in Spanish and completed training as a medical interpreter for Spanish.
I believe that theoretical structure and evidence should underpin good intentions. I apply evidence from constant review of current research and continuous training to bring clients informed, strategic support. In addition to experiential learning, I have acquired specialized training in perinatal mood disorders with Postpartum Support International’s Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care, mindfulness for enriched resilience, Acceptance and Commitment therapy for management of chronic pain and illness, using attachment theory with new parents, couples, and individual clients, and bereavement support.  I am currently completing core training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT).
Academic Preparation

Master of Arts from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University in Political Science and Spanish