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I grew up in Honduras and Nicaragua as a child of missionaries. Since I grew up in my non-passport country, I know what it is like to be a foreigner in another country and I have a heart for helping immigrants.
I am a native Spanish speaker (not book Spanish) who also understands the culture. This gives me the unique ability, in a licensed therapeutic setting, to assist attorneys in achieving positive outcomes for their clients.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. I run my own counseling office in Tyler, Texas. I am able to see anyone in Texas or Florida.
Going through the process of immigration can be overwhelming, filled with uncertainty and fear. I provide immigration evaluations with intentional compassion and deep care, sensitivity, and respect.
The information provided during these interviews can be invaluable to the immigration case, and I consider it my honor to work with you in this process. During the interview process, we will discuss your background, immigration concerns, family history and current circumstances, mental and physical health, hardships related to relocation, and other areas of your life relevant to your case.
I make my meetings as accessible as possible, holding virtual meetings for clients in Oregon and Washington in a secure telehealth portal.
I have been trained to provide psychosocial evaluations for both humanitarian/trauma based cases and hardship waivers. I speak both Spanish and English and previously have experience working as a paralegal for an immigration lawyer and am familiar with the various legal processes of filing for status.
My approach aims to work closely with both client and attorney to provide quality detailed reports. Throughout the evaluation, I strive to offer a compassionate and supportive environment as I know it can be challenging to discuss the traumatic event(s).
Assessments include 1-2 interviews and a final report. I have more immediate availability for clients who want to see an evaluator sooner rather than later.
*I hold a limited number of pro-bono, sliding scale and/or discounted psycho-social evaluations. Payment plans available as needed*
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Going through the US immigration process is likely one of the most stressful experiences of your life. You are probably feeling a huge amount of anxiety and overwhelm. You’re looking for someone who is trained and really understands what you need. I believe I can help you with this.
I have over 12 years of experience conducting mental health evaluations, many of which were for attorneys and judges. I also have obtained advanced training at the Immigration Evaluation Training Center with Georgia King, LCSW, in conducting mental health evaluations specifically for immigration cases.
I appreciate you trusting me with your immigration process.