Cris is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with 20 years of experience working with diverse populations with various needs such as mental health struggles, complex medical issues, intellectual/developmental delays and history of trauma specific to childhood abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and substance use. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s degree in Direct Practice-Social Work from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Cris is certified in Nurturing Parenting Programs and has been facilitating the Nurturing Programs with children, adolescents, and their families. She has several years of experience working with court-mandated families and individuals in the DFPS system and provided therapies in multiple settings such as home-based services, school-based, and center based. She practiced 3 years of medical social work with the Neurology Department at Dell’s Children Hospital where she assisted with the coordination of medically specific clinics and supported families as they were assessed through developmental pediatrics. She has trained in trauma-informed practices, infant mental health, early childhood development, family systems, and grief and loss. She currently works with early school-age children, teens, and adults, offering individual and family therapy. Cris is skilled in expressive therapies such as sand tray therapy, play therapy techniques, art therapy and incorporates solution-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-informed interventions in her practice. Through her supportive, client-centered approach, she accepts and trusts that individuals and families have the capacity within them to process, cope and continue to grow. She is passionate about working with parents and supporting them as they find their own ways to nurture and connect with their children while they work on resolving their own past traumas.
Vida Clinic specializes in school-based mental health and provides a range of services that include individual, family, and group counseling; teacher training and consultation groups; school-wide workshops and trauma-informed culture building.