Diana joined the Early Intervention team at BRAINS in 2015 and provides counseling services to children ages 2-10 and their families. Diana has previous experience working in a residential treatment facility for children, as well as in a community mental health setting. Diana’s undergraduate and graduate academic background is in clinical social work with emphasis in mental health and child welfare, and she is currently working on her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development with emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders. Diana works with children who have a trauma history, present with symptoms of anxiety, anger, or depression, or struggle with emotional or behavioral regulation. Diana utilizes different techniques including both talk therapy and play therapy, and believes that each child and situation is unique, and as such, requires a unique approach.
In her spare time, Diana volunteers with an organization that fights human trafficking both in the U.S. and abroad, and is passionate about raising awareness on this topic. Diana enjoys traveling to other countries, meeting new people, and experiencing different cultures, and appreciates opportunities to learn about the interests and experiences of her clients.
BSW - Grand Valley State University MSW - Grand Valley State University PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development - Fielding Graduate University (in progress)
Communication and Social Skills Development
Pediatric Anxiety Disorders
Pediatric Mood Disorders
Reactive Attachment Disorder
Sensory Integration Issues
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)