Cheryl Aguilar, LICSW, LCSW-C, a bilingual licensed independent clinical social worker, is the founding director and lead therapist at Hope Center for Wellness, a Washington, DC based multicultural behavioral health practice focused on holistic healing of individuals and communities. In her clinical practice, she addresses issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, grief and loss, adjustments, addictions, family separations/reunification, among others.
While she works with people from all walks of life, she specializes in working with immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees and has designed, and implemented several culturally competent groups including Emociones y Política, a support group and workshop for immigrants facing anxiety due to the political climate. She co-launched the first TeleMental Health program for Spanish speaking Latinos in Washington, DC. Her practice’s recent work with immigrant families separated at the border and letter reunited has been featured in Time Magazine, NBC News,Vanity Fair, among other media outlets.
In addition to her clinical work, Cheryl is a speaker and trainer on culturally responsive work with Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees, Trauma Informed Care, TeleMental Health, Self-Care, Mindfulness, among other topics. Cheryl has trained hundreds of social workers, behavioral health professionals, teachers, organizers, other professionals, and community members.
Cheryl combines her passion for micro, mezzo, and macro work advocating for the communities she serves. She founded and co-leads Social Workers United for Immigration, a network of social workers committed to the wellbeing of immigrants and the advancement of immigrant rights. Because of this work, in 2019, Cheryl was selected by Social Work Today magazine as 1 of 10 dedicated and deserving social workers making an extraordinary impact across the country.
Cheryl serves as an appointed committee member of the National Association of Social Workers’ mental health specialty practice and as an appointed advisory board member for WETA’s Well Beings/Mental Health project.
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