Cheryl Aguilar is a licensed clinical social worker, LICSW, LCSW-C, who has been working with DC area residents since 2006. She has held several roles as communicator, facilitator, advocate, case manager and currently as mental health therapist.
She combines her passion for micro work with macro work, advocating for the communities she serves. Prior to launching Hope Center for Wellness, LLC she served as bilingual mental health therapist at La Clinica del Pueblo, where she became the organization’s first TeleMental Health Therapist to expand mental health access to Latinos through video. She has also worked for other direct services organizations and agencies including the Latin American Youth Center and Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers, where she served in several roles including program coordinator and Prince George’s County Health Department, where she served as bilingual counselor.
She has designed and implemented several culturally competent groups to work with the immigrant population including Emociones y Politica, a support group for immigrants facing anxiety due to political climate. and Mi Familia Unida, a workshop on family reunification for families who have been separated and reunited due to immigration. She is a speaker and trainer on culturally competent work with Latinos and immigrants, TeleMental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Self-Care, Mindfulness, among other topics. She has presented nationally at the National Association of Social Workers and the Latino Social Workers Organization and locally in her community.
In February, 2017, to continue meeting the mental health needs of her community, Cheryl launched Hope Center for Wellness, LLC, a behavioral health private practice serving DC metro community members, where she serves a director and lead therapist.
Before embarking in the social work profession, Cheryl worked in the journalism and public relations fields for over a decade. After a fulfilling career in media, Cheryl decided to shift careers in 2012 to better respond to the mental health needs of community members she was working with. She obtained her Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America in 2014.
She volunteers with the Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) and serves as committee member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Mental Health Specialty Practice Section. Cheryl founded and co-leads Social Workers United for Immigration, a DC based group of social workers committed to the well-being and the advancement of immigrants and immigrant rights. In her spare time, Cheryl engjoys writing articles on mental health to raise awareness and help in decreasing stigma. Currently, she is pursuing a mindfulness teacher certification with Mindful Schools.
Cheryl migrated from Honduras at 14 and was raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Rutgers University in 2003. Her immigration experience has shaped her mission to uplift communities, give back and empower others to reach their full potential.
Committed to her mental health and overall well-being, Cheryl enjoys practicing self-care activities like hot yoga, walking, biking, mindfulness meditation, candle making, spending time with family and friends.
OTHER FACILITATORS AND THERAPISTS
To fulfill community and organizational needs, Hope Center for Wellness, LLC has a team of contractors who are experts on a variety of topics and cultural competent service delivery.