Ana Paula

Ana is a recent graduate of an MFT program currently living in San Francisco. Her professional interests are working with couples and the Latinx community. She has been working with this community for over 5 years in mental health settings (case management, Head Start, San Francisco's Department of Public Health) mostly around family functioning, depression, anxiety and PTSD. She is looking forward to working with children and their families on her path to licensure. 

Ayli Pinedo

Ayli is a first-generation Peruvian immigrant pursuing a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Dakota. As a Spanish-English interpreter during her undergraduate, she recognized the need for Spanish-speaking psychologists and the dearth of competent mental health services. This experience solidified her passion on racial/ethnic minority psychology and guided her decision to pursue a degree in Counseling Psychology focused on mental health access, stigma and issues precipitated or aggravated by the process of migration. Her commitment to become a culturally competent and multi-culturally sensitive bilingual psychologist drove her to apply and participate in the PASEO program.

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Betsy Varner

Betsy is a master's student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Social Psychology at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She received a bachelor's degree in Spanish, Psychology and Religion from Manchester University and spent a semester abroad in Ecuador. Her research interests include interpersonal violence, cultural competence, and social justice advocacy. PASEO was an amazing opportunity for her to practice and develop both clinical and Spanish language skills. She hopes to continue to develop the skills she gained at PASEO to ultimately be able to provide services to Spanish-speaking clients in the US.