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Nancy is a multilingual professional (fluent in Spanish, conversant in French) with over 25 years of experience as a Clinician.  She has been interviewed on the PsychCentral Podcast and created several webinars on various topics for PsychCentral and World of Psychology.  She has also been featured in Medium and Thrive Global.
 
She earned a Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Teacher's College, Columbia University.  Prior to that, she specialized in Clinical Psychology with Adults/Adolescents at The George Washington University where she completed the required academic coursework towards a Psy.D. 

Additional classes and trainings:
Executive Coaching / Sports Psychology / Turning Intentions into Actions among others.

During her career, Nancy has worked with nonprofit organizations in the following capacities: Child Protective Services Investigator, Staff Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Director of Clinical Services and Director of Program Services.  She has conducted psychological assessments in both English and Spanish.
 
She has worked with the: Latino population, Foster Care system, Gang members, Prison population and Psychiatric population (the severely mentally ill). She has also treated issues surrounding Abandonment, Anxiety/Panic, Bipolar disorder, Co-dependency, Domestic violence, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Family conflicts, LGBTQ, Life transitions, Self-Esteem, Perfectionism, Personality Disorders (Borderline, Psychosis, etc.), Schizophrenia, Sociopaths, Severe Trauma, Triply-Diagnosed: (HIV+, Substance Abuse and mental illness), including those with less distress from emotional issues that have sabotaged their life.
 
Included in the populations Nancy has worked with, International clients, varied professions such as business, the arts, medical professionals and high-profile clients.

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"I had never seen the human brain
with such a beauty,

with such an amazing ability to
dance with the heart. 

And to imagine that that organ
held the secret of humanity. 

That that organ allows us to move, allows us to speak,
allows us to see, to smell,
to understand, to dance, to sing...
to love.

 That was the key of the Universe!"

From the 2020 Netflix Series
"The Surgeon's Cut"
Episode 2 - "Sacred Brain" - Time 20:25
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Premier Neurosurgeon

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Also Me

I love to laugh, not at you, just in general. Those in the mental health (& stress fields) know that some days, you need gallows humor to offset the difficulty treating those who bravely deal with severe mental illness. I am privileged to continue working with these good souls. 
 
Shakespeare's maxim, "To Thine Own Self Be True" could not be truer for my life. That's why I write for myself and designed the website for me.  As long as it feels like me and entertaining then I'm good.  If anything I do resonates with others, it's icing on the cake.
 
I was born to an American Mother with ancestors from Eastern Europe and and a South American Father whose ancestors who fled Spain.  I have traveled throughout South America and other countries every summer since I was 2 years old. I have also lived in South America. Growing up, I spoke English with my Mother and Spanish with my father.

My father, previously an Economist in the Department of Operations with (and still a member of) the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, DC, strongly encouraged me to follow in his footsteps. He wanted me to attend The School of Foreign Service and major in Finance. As an added incentive, he offered to use his connections so I could work at the IMF (International Monetary Fund) or the World Bank. No dice, though. 
 
I was interested in something totally different.  I wanted to be a psychologist.  I wanted to work with abused children and the severely mentally ill.  When I told him, he looked at me and said wryly, "Ah, entonces quieres ser bruja." Or, "So, you want to be a Witch Doctor." 

I ended up writing a paper with that title during my Doctoral Program. I crack myself up.

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I’m writing a book of essays about the adventures of growing up in my multicultural family.
 
Some of my blog posts will contribute to that story.

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