Irais Leon-Gonzalez

     Irais Leon-Gonzalez

    When did you begin working at CALM?

    I begun working for CALM end of July 2019 as a therapist.

    What is your role at CALM?

    I am a bilingual therapist for our Great Beginnings program. I mainly work with children 3-9 years old. I work in collaboration with parents by providing psychoeducation and skills to help them manage the trauma symptoms their children experience. As a Spanish-speaking therapist I want to ensure all families can access mental health services and feel supported in their journey.

    Please share one of your best CALM experiences (a time you felt like you really made a difference).

    So far the best CALM experience was when I was able to do yoga with a client. This client is very timid and usually doesn’t say much but getting her to move her body in a different way and quiet her mind completely changed her demeanor! I noticed how engaged she was (smiling and laughing) and seemed to enjoy it. It always feels good when we are able to provide a healthy coping skill that the child can take home with them.

    Finish the sentence, “If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better, I would….”

    If I could do one thing to make kids’ lives better I would make sure each kids feels loved and supported so they can truly thrive.

    What is one thing you wish people knew about CALM?

    I’d like people to know that CALM does more than therapy services; every day I continue to learn how CALM supports families in the community and is involved in prevention too. I’m so happy to be part of the CALM family and look forward to the work to come.

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