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.
Rachel Sanchez, LICSW, is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with experience working with children, young adults and families. Rachel utilizes trauma-informed and strengths-based frameworks to support individuals and families through their challenges with life stressors and lived trauma.
Rachel has worked with individuals who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety. In her social work career, she has also supported adolescents, young mothers, and adults dealing with complex medical diagnoses. Rachel’s clinical goal is to provide empathic support and evidence-based practices uniquely tailored to the individual to support the development of healthy coping mechanisms and to assist individuals in healing from trauma or decreasing symptoms of distress.
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.
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.
Graduate Therapist Intern
Faith Moore is a graduate level therapist intern at Hope Center and graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is working towards her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Faith utilizes a variety of approaches including CBT, REBT, Trauma Informed Counseling, Strengths-Based, and Mindfulness strategies. Faith is dedicated to being a multiculturally competent counselor and she is passionate about creating a safe-space for LGBTQ+ clients and has experience working within LGBTQ+ groups and organizations.
Prior to pursuing a counseling degree, Faith worked as a teacher for four years, teaching middle school age children. She also has years of experience prior working with a variety of other age ranges through other jobs and volunteer work.
As a therapist intern at the Hope Center, Faith providers therapy under the supervision of Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW-C.
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.