“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” ;
Rosa graduated from University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree of Applied Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. She found her passion for Human Services since she was in High school back in her country-of-Origin Honduras. For Rosa, the access to mental health services is important and that is one of the reasons that motivated her to pursue her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Rosa is a first-generation immigrant with Spanish as a first language. Rosa thinks that healthy individuals help to create healthy communities. Reaching for help can be scary mostly when language is a barrier. By being an immigrant Rosa has learned the challenges immigrants can experience and how this burden increases when they struggle to get access to mental health services.
As student therapist, Rosa seeks to provide a safe environment, free of judgement, and welcoming to anyone. She believes in the strengths, capabilities, and resources that each person brings to the therapy room. For her, each person has their own struggles and within those struggles is their strength/capacity to become resilient.
In her free time, Rosa enjoys road trips, reading, and dancing with her family. She also enjoys volunteering in community activities in which her Spanish-speaking skills can be of support to the Hispanic community.
To schedule an appointment with Rosa, please call the Olson MFT Clinic at 319-368-6493.
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