We all have a story that forms from our departures and arrivals; each pivot serving as a meaningful part in our lived narrative. The choices we take in any given circumstance change the course we take in our life’s work. Every experience we have informs our future and leads us to this present moment.
Victoria grew up in New York City with a single mother; she knows first-hand what it takes to strive beyond the cards that you have been dealt. She moved around a lot as a child causing her to attend a multitude of schools during her primary and secondary educational years. Victoria put herself through college working in the restaurant industry for fifteen years. During her undergraduate work she volunteered at a Youth Runaway Hotline in Texas, helping teenagers combat conflict in familial relationships, reduce tension in their homes, and find refuge through advocacy. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Victoria worked for the Texas Department of Family Protective services helping the people of Texas report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children, adults, and elderly.
Victoria first started college dabbling in photography, then majoring in English while emphasizing in creative writing with a minor in psychology. After taking her first philosophy course in ethics she re-positioned her path after hearing her professor recite the words of influential French Existential philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, “[T]o will oneself free is also to will others free” (Ethics of Ambiguity, 1948, p.73). It was in this moment something within her shifted. She was drawn toward finding deeper meaning within human existence and the nuances found within the complexities of being human. This is when she re-positioned her life’s path changing her undergraduate majors to philosophy and psychology; while continuing to graduate school at Seattle University to receive her master’s in psychology with an emphasis on Existential-Phenomenological Psychology.
Victoria’s life experiences allow her to connect with those who have experienced a significant amount of adversity in their lives.
Seattle University, Seattle, WA: Master of Arts in Psychology, 2018
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 2015
Texas State University, San Marcos, TX: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 2015
Additional Clinical & Advanced Training
Social Media Ethics for Mental Health Professionals, 2019
Pongo Poetry Project, Pongo Writing Methodology Training, 2018
Gottman Level One Training, 2018
Advanced Focusing Oriented Therapy 2, 2017
Advanced Focusing Oriented Therapy 1, 2017
Grief- Valley Cities, 2017
Motivational Interviewing, Valley Cities, 2017