Name: Yolanda Ramos, MSW, LICSW
Position at CCPH: Clinical Social Worker
Year Joined UMass: 2022
Clinical Interests: Working with students of color, diversity and identity issues, persistence factors for Latinx student success, trauma, substance use and addiction concerns, relationship issues, accelerated resolution therapy, meditation, mindfulness and mind-body healing practices.
Professional Experience: Former director of a cultural center at a predominantly white college working with students of color and white students on diversity, equity and inclusion; individual and group psychotherapy with those in recovery from substance use addiction, depression and anxiety.
Education: MSW, Smith College School of Social Work, 2009; BA, Women’s Studies from Vassar College, 1996
Certifications/Licenses: Massachusetts Licensed Independent Social Worker; 200 hour certified yoga instructor
More about me: I have traveled in many social spaces and environments that shape who I am and the way I work. I am a cisgender, mixed-race Latina (Nuyorican) from Brooklyn, who speaks Spanglish. I received my education from both the gritty streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn and the Ivy League, predominately white colleges I attended. There are ways that aspects of my identity are marginalized and oppressed and other identities where I hold privilege. Thus, I am doing internal and external work to eradicate all forms of oppression and be an ally. I envision a world where our differences are viewed as strengths and valued equally. I believe in doing my best every day. Equally important is rejuvenation and restoration, which I accomplish by being with family and friends, hiking, practicing yoga, qi gong, mindfulness and prayer. I work in a holistic--mind, body, spirit--way to assist you with your wellness journey. I embrace a relational, person-centered approach. The invitation is to bring all of yourself and/or what you care to share to session. The goal is to work together so that you feel better.