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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Trainer & Supervisor
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.
As Hope Center’s practice coordinator, Rosy manages the day to day administration, conducts clinical intakes, writes clinical reports, supports the organization’s research needs, manages the practice’s social media presence, works on special mental health projects and serves as liaison between the practice and external stakeholders.
In addition to her role at the Hope Center, Rosy is a bilingual graduate level social work student pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Prior to becoming the Hope Center’s practice coordinator, Rosy was the practice’s social work intern.
Rosy has worked with children and families as a health peer educator, community health coach, and social justice advocate. She is passionate about comprehensive and inclusive behavioral health, culturally sensitive health education and social action.
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.
Patricia Rivas, LCSW-C, is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker, with experience working with youth, young adults, adults and families in individual and group settings.
She works with people from all walks of life and specializes in working with Latinxs and immigrants. She supports clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and complex trauma and enduring transitions. Patricia utilizes strength-based, person-centered and trauma informed approaches to support client’s therapeutic and life goals. Patricia is trained on EMDR and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among other therapeutic interventions.
Patricia has vast experience in the fields of mental health and social welfare. Prior to working as a therapist, she served several social work capacities including as case manager and intake worker. In her therapist role at Hope Center, Patricia supports the Todo por Mi Familia program, a program providing therapy support to immigrant families separated at the border upon immigration.
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.
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.