Founding Director & Therapist
Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, with nearly two-decade experience in the public and private sectors. She is the founding director and lead therapist at Hope Center for Wellness, a Washington, DC based multicultural behavioral health practice focused on holistic healing.
Her clinical work focuses on working with youth, young adults, adults and families. She believes in a holistic approach to wellbeing and utilizes evidenced based interventions such as CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Somatic Experiencing, Strength-Based, Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy, among other interventions. She addresses issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief and loss, adjustments, addictions, family reunification, among others.
Cheryl combines her passion for micro and macro work, which leads her to advocate for the communities she serves.
In addition to serving as one of Hope Center’s therapists, she supervises a team of therapists and trainers, and leads the vision for programs design.
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Therapist & Trainer
Tiziana DiFabio is a bilingual (English and Spanish) clinical social worker, LICSW, LCSW-C, trainer and MD clinical social work supervisor. She has extensive experience working with youth, young adults and adults and a track record helping her clients meet therapeutic goals. She has served several roles as an educator, youth worker, and therapist.
Therapeutically, she address issues related to: trauma and stress related disorders (adjustment disorders, PTSD, complex trauma), grief, depression, and anxiety. Her background in both Social Work and Public Health enables her to find interventions supported by scientific research to develop a path to wellness.
Tiziana takes an integrative, collaborative, mind/body approach to therapy which includes cognitive work, mindfulness, body awareness, EMDR, among other interventions.
Susannah Stein is a licensed clinical social worker, LICSW, with experience working with youth, young adults and families. Susannah works through a trauma-informed, strengths-based framework, applying techniques of CBT and Mindfulness in her work to support healthy coping of life’s challenges and stressors.
Susannah works with individuals who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, and anxiety. She also has extensive experience working with adolescents. Susannah’s goal is to provide an empathic presence to support clients through times of difficulty, with an emphasis on helping clients build their toolbox of strategies to meet their own needs and goals.
Maria Alfonso, LPC, is a bilingual (Spanish and English) licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Her practice in the public health sector has provided her a multicultural sensitivity and competence to assist a variety of populations, while the private sector has enhanced her experience in individual, couples and group therapy.
Internationally and in the United States, Maria has worked to serve the Latino community through individual therapy work and equipping organizations to work with Latinos and immigrant populations through workshops and trainings.
Maria’s areas of therapy and training expertise include: stress management, post-traumatic stress and trauma resolution, health support associated with HIV/AIDS/STI (from prevention to mental health with emphasis in psycho immunology), communication, couple’s relationships, sexuality, substance use, acculturation, grief and loss, LGBTQ, co-parenting and self-care.
Group Facilitator & Trainer
Lee Hopkins, LMSW, is a tri-lingual migrant rights and public health activist, social worker, and non-profit program manager, with nearly two-decade work experience in the US, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Trauma-informed supervision and evidence-based, community driven program design are the foundation of Lee’s work.
During the last decade, Lee has served in various management positions at renowned non-profits including CASA, Tahirih Justice Center, International Rescue Committee, among others, where she led social services and community services teams focused on providing employment, case management, financial literacy, and immigration legal services to over 5000 working-class families per year, health insurance enrollment, health education, and advocacy for expansion of healthcare access for all. Lee has also provided direct services to hundreds underserved community members.
Her innovative thinking has led her to design and implement social services and public health programming for refugee youth and families in Ethiopia, New York, and Washington, D.C. Other issues Lee has worked on are gender violence, forced marriage, gender discrimination, housing, financial stewarship.
In addition to facilitating trainings for the Hope Center’s partners and organizational clients, Lee currently leads a professional development and leadership program for 30 Mexican public university students at The Washington Center.
Lee received her Masters of Social Work from Columbia University as a Management Fellow, with a specialty in non-profit administration and supervision, and holds an Honors B.A. in International Development from McGill University in Canada.
Artist, Art Facilitator
Blue Robin has over 10 years of experience creating visual messages that are engaging, clear and remembered. Blue believes that art has a significant influence in our lives. Blue’s wide range of artistic skills includes design, dance, photography, digital art, pencil and pen drawings, and painting.
In the last decade, he has been teaching art to inner-city youth, providing them with the opportunity to build confidence in a safe environment through art. He has developed curricula for artists of all ages and led classes in a variety of art forms including painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design.
As an artist, he is passionate about using art to inspire creativity and hone expression in young people. In 2020, Blue taught classes to a Hope Center designed art group intervention facilitated in a school setting. In addition to facilitating art interventions in group settings, he provides strategic art vision to Hope Center’s art based programs and training curriculum.
To fulfill community and organizational needs, Hope Center for Wellness, LLC has an additional team of on-call contractors who are licensed social workers and mental health experts on a variety of topics and cultural competent service delivery.