Hello my name is Estrella Ramirez-Robles and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s University 2012. Upon graduating I began working as a therapist for a non-profit agency that provides mental health services to a diverse population of primarily low income families. Within this agency I worked, and continue to work, for a program called Wraparound. With this program our target population are families who have open cases with the Department of Children and Family Services or those who have open case with Juvenile Probation. Many, if not all the families we work with have experienced some type of abuse and have gone through extensive complex trauma.
Working in a program like this has given me the experience and knowledge when it comes to working with those experiencing: Depression, Anxiety, Disruptive/Oppositional Behaviors, Adjustment Disorders, as well as ADHD. I’ve provided family therapy as well as couples therapy and conducted groups addressing bullying and prevention groups for commercially Sexually Exploited Children.
My passion has always been to work with children and families who need that extra support to reach their true potential. I want to be that person people feel comfortable in talking too and help them work through those difficult moment in their lives. I want to not only be thought of as a therapist but also an ally; someone who will work side by side to help people reach their goals.
Additionally to working as a therapist, I am also a professor at Mount St. Mary’s University where I teach for both the graduate and undergraduate psychology program. I have been teaching as of 2016 and have taught: Introduction to Counseling, Complex Trauma, Child and Human Development, Theories, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Diversity of cultures. Teaching has given me additional experience needed to not only work side by side with my clients, but also provide education on what each individual may be experiencing and going through.
I am certified in:
· MAP (Managing and Adaptive Practices)
· CANS (Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths Scale)
· Trained in PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy).