Monica has over 20 years of experience as a bilingual (Spanish-English) licensed clinical social worker. In addition to traditional one-on-one counseling, Monica provides connections to community resources for seniors, group education on topics such as grief, depression, memory loss, etc., and support groups for those facing challenges such as being a caregiver.
Monica works with clients to understand their unique needs, believing in their ability to overcome their obstacles and generate personal growth. She has a passion for listening and assisting people in finding their purpose and potential. Whether someone is going through a life transition, an unexpected series of ill-fated events, or is simply dealing with life’s multiple challenges, she enjoys witnessing people’s growth and achievements. Monica believes, as William Martin said “The time comes when we realize that the ducks will never be in a row. It’s the nature of ducks to fly about. ”
Originally from Uruguay, Monica holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is also a Certified Imago Relational therapist and Certified Supervisory Leader in Aging. She has worked in both administrative and clinical settings, including the faculty of the Social Work department at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Monica is serving her second term as district chair for the National Association of Social Workers, IL Chapter. She is a member of Imago Relational International as well as its local chapter, Imago Chicago. She is also an active member of the Il Continuity of Care Association and the Gerontological Society of America.
Monica enjoys nature, reading, spending time with people and traveling. Her own experience as an immigrant has informed her interests.