Lucrecia Suárez, CSA,
Barcelona Counseling Clinical Director
Lucrecia obtained her degree as a Licenciada en Psicología from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and her Master in Social Work at Portland State University. For the past 30 years she has been contributing to expanding mental health services to the Latinx and other immigrant, refugees and BIPOC individuals and families.
She acknowledges that her current work has been shaped by the influence of many teachers, supervisors, supervisees, and those she has had the privilege to be their counselor.
Her first counseling clients, in 1991, were farmworkers in the Hood River area, who immediately challenged all the psychology models she had learned and put her in the space of co-creating change from their client's life and cultural framework. Since then, Lucrecia has been interested and has joined the movements of integrating socio/cultural constructivist, justice based, and resilience/trauma informed counseling processes.
One of Lucrecia passion is working with parents. As a mother, she has witnessed the interconnected healing and change process of her own with her parents, and her son, understanding that this is an important channel for the collective intergenerational trauma healing our society is so much in need.
Licenses and Certifications
Lucrecia is a trained EMDR practitioner and has been an adjunct professor at PSU, Master in Social Work, since 2012. She has taught Advance Mental Health Practice with Latinx Communities, Trauma Informed Care, and Trauma and Abuse Classes. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1996.