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Recent graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield, Areli (she/her) has worked with a diverse range of clients throughout her clinical experience at the Survivor Recovery Center of Southern Illinois University (SIU). While Areli prioritizes trauma-informed care; she focuses on creating and maintaining mutually growth fostering relationships.
Prior to joining DePaul University’s Counseling & Psychological Services, Areli served as a community health worker at the SIU Office of Community Care. There, she focused on addressing social determinants of health including unstable housing, food insecurity and racial discrimination, and supported communities of underrepresented status in Springfield, IL. Areli has a passion for social justice and advocacy and recently received the Dr. Clarice Ford award for her promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and in her local community.
In terms of clinical interest, Areli believes that we grow through and towards connection. She promotes authenticity, mutual empathy, and empowerment in relationships. In addition to relational interventions, she also incorporates cognitive behavioral techniques and has found this to be helpful in her work with a wide range of clients.
Areli enjoys exploring plant shops and coffee shops with her dog, Mocha, and has collected over fifty plants since 2020.