Olivia earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Washington State University. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts (MA) and Masters of Education (EdM) in Psychological Counseling at the Teachers College, Columbia University. She further diversified her studies by earning the Sexuality, Women, and Gender advanced certificate with a dual focus on LGBTQ issues and Reproductive well-being.
Olivia began her career in mental health working on an inpatient psychiatric care unit where she developed the skills for crisis management, coping with severe psychopathology, and working within a behavioral change framework. In developing her clinical experience, she also worked at John Jay College Counseling Center where she developed strengths in working with complex trauma, mood and personality disorders, identity-related issues, depression, anxiety, and career-related stress. As a mental health clinician, Olivia seeks to empower clients through a collaborative and open healing experience. She believes that therapy is most effective when clients feel safe to embark on their journey through a goal-directed, holistic approach that aims to address the most distressing aspects of one’s life while encouraging one’s strengths.
In her professional training, Olivia has integrated a behavioral framework (CBT, DBT) to her eclectic approach which embodies an interpersonal, multicultural feel. Olivia’s extensive training in multicultural issues and experiences serves as a foundation for how she engages with her clients. She acknowledges the complexity within her clients and utilizes different techniques depending on her client’s needs. Keeping up to date with research and evidence-based practices, she prioritizes a commitment to providing the best care for her clients. She is dedicated to helping her clients reestablish their mind-body-spirit connection, improve coping, and achieve interpersonal and career-oriented goals.