A Licensed Professional Counselor, Vera works with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples. Vera specializes in play and activity therapy. Vera received extra training to work with clients struggling with self-harming behaviors. Vera received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development at the University of Texas at Dallas and completed her Master's of Education in Counseling at the University of North Texas. Vera was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis and worked with children with autism. During her graduate internship, Vera gained experience counseling children affected by trauma at the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center. During her post-graduate internship, Vera utilized couples counseling, individual, play, activity, family, and sibling therapy.
Vera’s special areas of interest include ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-harming, self-esteem, risk-taking behavior, family conflict, autism, social deficits, and behavioral problems.
Vera believes therapeutic progress is achieved by helping clients journey towards a healthier sense of self utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy. Vera allows clients to gain insight by creating a warm, emphatic, and supportive environment. When working with children and adolescents, Vera understands that parents are an important component to achieving growth.
Vera is also a Dallas Child Magazine's 'Mom Approved' therapist for 2016 & 2017.