Maria Fernanda Ferrer-Hernandez, LMHC Intern

I am from Mexico, although I have lived in New Mexico for most of my life. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I love to travel and be submerged in different cultures. I love art, music, and playing tennis. My passion in my profession is to advocate for minorities and to promote diversity.

education and experience

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in Criminology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico in 2017. Along with that degree, I earned a designation in international honors after completing a year abroad at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. I am currently finishing my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University. My focus throughout my Master of Arts degree has been children, adolescents, and families.

I have experience in various fields since the beginning of my professional life, most of it has included children and families. Some of it includes being a mentor for a community center, and a mentor for Rio Grande High School through the ENLACE program. As a mentor, I aided in the development of a program for students with an aim of encouraging their academic, career, and social/emotional development. Most recently, I worked as a Behavior Technician for Autistic children and adolescents, where I provided behavior analysis and data-based therapy in one-on-one sessions with children from ages 2 to 18. This allowed me to work closely with their families. I am currently a part of El Puente de Encuentros where we work on discussing cultural competence issues, and planning strategies to help diverse communities within New Mexico. I have also conducted research through my experience in working with the Counseling Department at NMHU. These experiences, in addition to my education, have allowed me to gather a plethora of skills and strategies for working with the youth and their families.

why i am a counselor

I am a counselor because I want to give back to my community a service that was previously provided to me. I want to encourage clients’ personal growth, promote self-discovery, and aid them in obtaining the skills needed to manage anything in their life. I am a counselor because I want to advocate and strengthen others through therapy. I want to fight for the mental health well-being of everybody, especially those who are under-represented. I am a counselor because I want to contribute to the field of mental health in a positive way.

My goals are to be an open and flexible counselor who can adapt to a client’s need and their culture. My goal is for clients to reflect and find the techniques that work for them. Lastly, another goal of mine is to continue growing and learning every day throughout my career as a counselor. 

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