B.S. in Social Work
M.A. Varying Exceptionalities
M.S. Professional Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
National Certified Counselor
Darlene’s parents are from the Dominican Republic. She was born and raised in Corona Queens, New York. She has served in a variety of roles in the human services and counseling fields, including direct services with adolescents in residential and therapeutic settings, as a county caseworker for children and youth services, and held supervisory positions in foster care and adoption services and alternative education programs. Currently, Darlene runs a private practice in Lewisburg and provides individual, couples/marriage, and family therapy. As a native, fluent Spanish speaker, Darlene provides translation services to agencies in the community and provides therapy to Spanish-speaking individuals, couples, and families.
As a counselor, Darlene employs a holistic integration of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, reality therapies and techniques. Darlene often includes techniques that focus on healthy communication and interpersonal dynamics. Her collaborative approach is supported by her belief that we are all a part of multiple systems in our lives, each of which have an impact on us. Darlene is committed to working with clients to increase their awareness of choices and to empower them to live according to their own values and reach their chosen goals.
Darlene enjoys completing jigsaw puzzles, coloring, painting, and making crafts as a hobby. She utilizes craft making in her spare time to be a wedding coordinator as it combines both her creativity and administrative skills. While new to the game, she finds playing roller derby a most effective stress reliever. Sidelined by injury and paused by the quarantine, she hopes to play again with the derby name, PhDvs, meaning “devious.”