Hi! I'm Vanessa.
Nice to meet you!
Who Am I Personally?
Just like other moms, my world is non-stop: helping my son with homework, driving him to extracurricular activities, and in between trying to cook dinner a few times a week (although that doesn’t always happen). I love spending time with my boys (my husband, son, and goldendoodle) and my family - who all drive me crazy, but who I love very much! I also enjoy slowing down when I can and fitting in self-care... like hopping on the Peloton, salsa dancing, and drinking coffee while it's still hot.
Who Am I Professionally?
I am a caring, warm and enthusiastic educator and counselor who has had a variety of positions including tenured teacher, highly effective school counselor, behavioral assistant, in-home clinician, group facilitator, licensed therapist, private practice owner... and my most important role - mom.
My passion is helping kids, along with their parents and teachers, through therapeutic services and professional workshops. I also thrive on helping mothers find a balance between traditional "old school" parenting vs. modern day styles of parenting, while keeping cultural values in mind. As a first generation Dominican-American mom of a young child, I also understand firsthand the stressors mothers face with balancing cultural expectations and career success.
I'm passionate about helping kids to be emotionally healthy through a focus on mindfulness and
am dedicated to helping parents & educators learn ways to strengthen relationships with their kids,
while living life with peace of mind and ease of heart.
To be an honest, genuine professional who is personable, kid-friendly and easy for all to understand, while delivering great services to make impacting change.
Free to Be Mindful Values
Genuine Care | Client-Centered Acceptance | Enthusiasm | Mindful Living
Easy to Understand Communication -aka- "Real Talk"
BS in Elementary Education & Psychology
The College of New Jersey
- MA in Counselor Education
- The College of New Jersey
- Advanced Counseling Certification
- Montclair State University
- Education Supervisor's Certificate
- New Jersey City University
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Year-Long Mindful Schools Program
Director of School Counseling Services
Elementary Teacher, K-5