Vania is a professional and empathetic Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She will soon complete her licensure for LCDC and currently holds an LCDC-I. She has been a social worker for over 20 years, obtaining her undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1999.
Vania is an experienced and engaging trainer of both professionals and families. She specializes in blended, relative, adoptive and foster families. Her 18-year experience with Child Protective Services allows her to empathize and treat the dynamics of these special types of families. She is a trained facilitator in Pathways to Permanence 2: Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and Loss, a series for parents and caregivers of children who have experienced trauma. She has completed intake assessments, individual and group counseling for inpatient psychiatric care units, home health and dialysis clinic social work, completed adoption home studies for over 10 years and works with issues of infertility as well as grandparents raising their grandchildren; including extended families and kinship placements. Growing up an Army brat in Killeen has increased her understanding of the uniqueness of military life and cultural diversity. Her long career has influenced her work in racial trauma, PTSD, LBGQT issues, chemical dependency, anxiety, depression, child-parent conflicts, mental disorders, adjustment issues and abuse. She utilizes various techniques from mindfulness, meditation, working through thought distortions and prayer for faith-based clients. She works well with individuals, couples, children, adolescents and families to navigate through difficult times by identifying strengths and tools that work best for each of them.
Message from Vania: “My hope and prayer is to help you find your path and space in this life. I want you to feel empowered to be well, encouraged to fight for your hopes and dreams and strong enough to accept healing from your past. Sometimes we need a guide, a facilitator, a confidant to help us through the toughest times of our lives. I look forward to working together on your journey. I hope you find light, laughter and strength along the way.”