I have focused my professional career on working with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with both mental health and developmental disabilities needs for over 15 years. Having worked with at-risk individuals both providing in-home therapy and at a city hospital, has left me with a dedication to help those the most in need. I was a co-contributor to the development of a trauma-informed treatment milieu on the inpatient services throughout the behavioral division at the city hospital where I was previously employed which solidified by desire to continue working with trauma victims. I am currently connected to a non-profit organization that assists individuals become connected to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) by conducting in-home evaluations. For me, helping give a voice to those that may feel they do not have one gives me a sense of purpose and drive. My love of helping others extends to future generations of clinicians! I enjoy being a mentor for students at New York University and Brooklyn College were I currently am an adjunct instructor. I am also SiFi certified to continue mentoring students in field placements wherever I may be currently employed.
I have a passion for writing and helping enhance academic literature. I investigated the learning and coping styles of Latino male challenging the cultural stigma of the “machismo” which earned a poster board publication from American Psychological Association (APA). While completing my Doctorate of Clinical Social Work (DSW), I focused on the development of a new theory (Child Standpoint Theory) exploring the oppression of children which yielded a publication in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. The secondary focus was the exploration of tattooing in adolescence and the publication is currently under review.
My areas of specialty and treatment interventions include: behavior modification, sensory integration treatment, Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), and trauma-informed clinical treatment. I bring a love for increasing the therapeutic support for the New York City community to Maria Droste Counseling and welcoming clients to our location to receive quality treatment by clinicians with a dedication to helping others!