My experience as a substance abuse counselor began as jumping straight into the fire of the opioid epidemic at a methadone clinic here in New Mexico. I advocate that substance use disorder is not a choice, and has a ripple effect of the lives of individuals. Substance use disorder does not discriminate, and I strive to provide a practice of healing. My work has been focused on compassion, human connection, and making progress towards individuals strengthening their dignity through the challenges of recovery. My pursuit focuses on giving those a place of comfort and an alternative system that provides healing through compassion, promoting autonomy, and person-centered approaches.
I have a Bachelor degree in Integrated Studies with an emphasis in Crime and Justice with cum laude honors from Northern New Mexico College. I will be entering the MSW program through Highlands University in Fall 2021. I have served in several different leadership roles, and enjoy collaborating with community and other local agencies to promote health, wellness, and awareness.
Since I have started my career as a substance abuse counselor, I have participated in extensive training for Motivational Interviewing levels I-III. I have also completed trainings that include The Impact of Trauma and Ethics.