Anel graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health from Lynchburg College. She has worked in multiple settings within the Mental Health field with a focus in working with children and families for over 7 years.
Anel has experience providing trauma-informed therapy to a diverse clientele and has training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has received training in family focused attachment-based modalities such as Thera-play and Filial Play. She utilized Sand Tray, Expressive Therapeutic Approaches, and integrative directive and non-directive Play Therapy. Anel also enjoys using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in working with adolescents and young adults. Anel is currently in the process of becoming certificated as a Registered Play Therapist and has extensive experience working with children who have experienced various forms of trauma including domestic violence. Anel's therapeutic approach is both integrative and individualistic. She works carefully in creating a therapeutic safe space fostering healing, growth, and self-confidence.
Anel has a keen interest in working with children and adolescents affected by trauma and experiencing depression and anxiety. She enjoys providing close parent consultation and support for parents of children impacted by trauma. Anel is fluent in Spanish and has experience working with bi-lingual and bi-cultural Spanish speaking children and families.