Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Sylvia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Texas at Brownsville where she received the National Hispanic Scholarship Award. Shortly after graduation, Sylvia was employed as a Service Coordinator at Tropical Texas MHMR in Brownsville. Afterwards, Sylvia moved to Houston, Texas where she was employed at the Northside Family Resource Child and Adolescent Center responsible for the delivery of mental health services and providing assistance in accessing medical, social, and educational services for children and adolescents and their families.
While residing in Houston, Texas, Sylvia obtained her State of Texas Board of Educator Certificate and worked as a Bilingual ESL (English as a Second Language) Elementary School Teacher for three years at Alief Independent School District. After moving back to the valley, Sylvia also taught in the Los Fresnos Independent School District and the Brownsville Independent School District. Having a deep appreciation for valuing education, Sylvia returned to pursue her Master's in Education Degree in Community Counseling and Guidance from the newly CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs) accredited program at the University of Texas at Brownsville. During her graduate studies, Sylvia received the Dr. Charles R. Comeaux Distinguished Student Recognition Award for Outstanding Clinical Skills and Commitment to the Counseling profession.
Sylvia completed her Practicum experience at the University of Texas at Brownsville Community Clinic and completed her Master's Degree in 2014. In 2015, Sylvia successfully completed her National Counselor Examination for provisional licensure and certification to practice under supervision in the State of Texas and obtained her License in Chemical Dependency Counseling and has a wealth of experience treating substance abuse issues. In addition, Sylvia obtained The Texas Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) certification in 2019 to help assess the behavioral health needs of children under the conservatorship of The Department of Family & Protective Services. Among her many professional achievements, Sylvia is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) receiving her board certification in 2019.
Sylvia is a highly motivated mental health professional dedicated to providing exceptional care for children, adolescents, and adults coping with a myriad of mental health concerns. Because of her bicultural nature, Sylvia possesses the skills to work with a diverse client population in individual and group settings. She has strong interpersonal, organizational, and case management skills, and has the experience in working with multidisciplinary teams as well as other mental health professionals, including social workers, psychologists, and licensed therapists.
Sylvia utilizes an integrative/eclectic approach to psychotherapy, valuing concepts drawn from cognitive behavioral theory, existentialism, humanistic theories, and strength-based approaches so clients are able to recognize their individual strengths and can work toward improving overall health and wellness. It is because she appreciates the uniqueness of each and every person that her approach to counseling emphasizes the importance of tailoring treatment plans according to a client's individual needs and seeks to create a supportive atmosphere to help foster the therapeutic relationship. Coming from a family of mental health professionals, Sylvia has a deep commitment to the counseling profession and her experience and education is complemented by her empathic, non-judgmental, and friendly nature. Sylvia's professional memberships include the American Counseling Association, the Texas Counseling Association, and the Texas Association of Multicultural Counseling. On her off time, Sylvia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and seeking out new learning experiences.
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