Olivia grew up on the Southside of Chicago & in Phoenix, Arizona – but she will always consider Chicago her true home. In 2014, Olivia packed up two suitcases and flew across the country to NYC. Olivia has since called New York her home! She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Northern Arizona, and a Master’s in Social Work from Hunter College.
Olivia has predominantly worked in supportive housing sites in Manhattan & The Bronx providing social services to adults and families with a history of homelessness. Olivia has also worked in an inpatient rehabilitation center for women receiving treatment for substance use. She has several years of experience providing services to a diverse group of adults and families impacted by homelessness, history of incarceration, alcohol & substance use, and severe medical conditions. She has also worked with the LGBTQIA+ community, first & second generation adults, Adult Children of Alcoholics, folks with childhood trauma, and intimate partner violence.
Olivia’s clinical style is laid back, collaborative, inquisitive, non-judgmental, & compassionate. Some of her clinical interests include the effects of alcoholism and/or substance on the family system and the mental health of first & second generation adults.Olivia proudly identifies as a first generation Mexican-American woman! Growing up as a first generation Latina Olivia uses her own experiences to guide her work as a therapist.
On her own time, she enjoys getting lost in movies, especially thriller/suspense movies! She likes kickboxing classes, which allows her to have fun and decompress from stress. Olivia is a huge advocate for taking naps as a form of relaxation and self-care. She also likes to dance and sing around the house!
Olivia loves living in the NYC area because she truly is a city girl at heart! She loves going to musicals, eating at new restaurants, and exploring new places throughout the NYC area.
She likes to give back to her community by donating clothing to those in need. She often searches for ways in which she can pay it forward to others as a form of self-care within the community.