Vera is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and certified in dialectical behavioral therapy (C-DBT). A Lesley University graduate, Vera earned a bachelor's in counseling and art therapy and a master's in clinical mental health counseling with a specialization in trauma.
Prior to joining Looking Glass Counseling, Vera worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient and an assisted living center with an art therapy focus. She also worked in partial hospitalization programs specializing in trauma, LGBTQIA+ individuals and young adult transitions as well as substance use.
Vera believes in a client-centered humanistic approach to therapy that places emphasis on the mind-body connection and a client's individual needs. Vera enjoys leading group and individual therapy. She is also versed in expressive art therapy techniques with an interest in mixed media, mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her international experience and upbringing enables her to connect to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Her areas of interest include working with adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety and substance use and individuals that are looking for skill-based therapy interventions.