Greetings, My name is Magdalena (She/Her).
I am a bilingual (English/Spanish), Licensed Master Social Worker with over 20 years of providing culturally responsive and supportive counseling. I practice from a strengths-based perspective and have experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is solutions focused to help clients move from crisis to confidence. I utilize motivational interviewing and a holistic approach, including spiritual wellbeing.
I earned my Master of Science in Social Work from Adelphi University. Most of my career has been dedicated to working with historically marginalized communities, dealing with social, emotional, and environmental problems. Including interventions focused on interpersonal interactions, intrapsychic dynamics, and life management issues.
I have worked in various clinical settings and care systems. My years of practice include Grief and Loss, Hospice Care, Forensic Social Work, Crisis Intervention, Systemic Racism & Oppression, Trauma focused, ABA therapy, intellectual & developmental disability, troubled adolescents & youth, Foster Care and LGBTQIA+ community. I have experience helping clients navigate through stress management, depression, anxiety, life transitions, re-entry services, drug addiction, severe and persistent mental illness, and challenges with family, intimate partners, colleagues, and friends.
My goal is to create a safe, supportive, and caring environment that is culturally appropriate. I understand cultural differences, the complexities of language barriers, and the pressure of communicating laborious topics in a second language.
Through compassion, empathy, and active listening in my clinical experiences, I have been able to guide my clients towards positive improvement in their lives. I encourage self-care and am fully committed to investing in diversity and inclusion, and I will offer my best professional practices to help you achieve your potential and personal goals.
National Associations of Social Work
New York State Defenders Association