I am a bilingual LCSW in New York and a Level 1 Certified Trauma Professional, as well as a member of the International OCD Foundation where I completed my training under Dr. Alec Pollard, Director. I received my educational training at Fordham University in New York as a Master of Social Work with Interdisciplinary Certificate in Law and Child Welfare.
Each person poses a unique challenge to me because each person’s journey and story is different. I enjoy working with those who have come to realize that they need a change, that the same old way of doing things is no longer working and it is time to learn a better way of coping.
I offer evidence-based therapy to help people develop improved coping strategies to live fuller, more authentic lives. Change is a scary thing. Often times, despite feeling awful, people are fearful to take the necessary steps to improving their lives. I offer a humanistic/existential approach to get you “un-stuck”. In addition to my work with people, I am also working on certification as an animal behaviorist with an interest in rehabilitating and training shelter dogs to work with survivors of trauma.
I do not believe in a hierarchical structure to therapy. We are two travelers on the road of life – equals working together to make you the best you, possible.
Ms. Gonzalas-Ricard earned her Master of Social Work from the Fordham University
My experience with Happier Living has been very positive. The front desk staff are so friendly, and always make me feel right at home and comfortable. My doctor has been AMAZING, and I don’t know what I would do without her. Highly highly recommend this place! Do it, now!