I am a licensed professional counselor in Virginia and Maryland. I am an approved supervisor in Maryland, Board Certified Counselor (NCC), an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and Board Certified Telemental-Health provider (BC-TMH). I earned my BA in Human Services and MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the George Washington University. I completed a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Tech. For fourteen years I maintained an independent clinical practice specializing in working with adults, children, and families connected to adoption and foster care. In addition, I have professional experience working in community mental health, pre natal care clinics, and with immigrant populations. I utilize attachment theory, family systems, and trauma informed approaches in clinical practice. Currently, I serve as a supervisor to others working towards full licensure.


I previously served in brick and mortar institutions as a Clinical Assistant Professor overseeing a clinical mental health counseling training clinic, a Director of Clinical Training, and Department Chair prior to my current role as Clinical Assistant Professor/Clinical Training Director at the Family Institute at Northwestern University.

My research interests examine how school and clinical mental health counselors work with persons adopted transracially and clinical supervision practices with counselors of Color. In addition, I have several peer-reviewed publications related to my research agenda. I am 2014 National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow and served on the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council. In 2019 I was awarded the Excellence in Counselor Education and Supervision, Bridging the Gap Award from the National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation.


Finally, I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and served as co chair for the By Laws Committee. I am also a division member of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), where I am active in the Latinx concerns group and recently was appointed co Vice President of the Native American Concerns group. I also hold memberships in the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). 



Transracial Adoption Practices

Clinical Mental Health and School Counselor Practices, Experiences of Colombian Adopted persons

2011 - 2015

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University

PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision

Counselors of Color

Supervision and training practices


The George Washington University

MA Ed, Rehabilitation Counseling


The George Washington University 

BA, Human Services


  • Excellence in Counselor Education and Supervision, Bridging the Gap Award, National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation, 2019

  • Excellence in Multicultural Teaching Award, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2018

  • Certificate of Appreciation, Pastoral and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department, Loyola University Maryland, 2016

  • Professional Development Award, National Board of Certified Counselors, Center for Credentialing and Education, 2016

  • Minority Fellowship Award Recipient, 2014

  • Outstanding Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Student, Virginia Tech, 2013-2014


I believe in giving back to the community as a form of self-care. I am proud to serve two community groups.

Arlington Community Corps (ACC)

Serve as ACC Arlington Food Assistance Center Coordinator

Arlington Free Clinic

Serve as pro bono Licensed Professional Counselor for Spanish-speaking clients using telemental health.

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