Sylvia received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Angeles in 2001, and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in children and families with a sub-concentration in public child welfare from the University of Southern California in 2005.
Sylvia has over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families addressing depression, anxiety, and trauma providing bilingual services in outpatient and school-based settings. In addition, she has worked collaboratively with school districts, regional centers, neuropsychologists, probation and dependency court systems, and child protective services to address systemic needs. She provides therapeutic interventions in these complex situations to allow a child and their family to ameliorate risk factors and increase resiliency.
An advocate of those individuals with developmental and learning disabilities, Sylvia offers a holistic approach to her intervention by working with individuals and families to meet their therapeutic needs and connect them with resources to improve their overall well-being.
Sylvia has worked extensively with survivors of trauma including intimate partner violence, abuse and neglect, post-traumatic stress disorder due to violent crime and exposure to environmental violence. She employs evidence based interventions to reduce symptomatic behavior and improve daily functioning.
Sylvia has received training in mindfulness, art therapy, play therapy, and sand tray. In addition, she has received training through the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health in evidence-based practices, Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Her professional affiliations include membership in National Association of Social Workers,
WOSEP (Women’s Organization for Special Education Professionals), and California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
She serves as field faculty for several MSW programs in Southern California, is a guest lecturer on disability rights, trauma, and domestic violence, and provides training for parents of and professionals working with individuals with special needs.