Professional Interests / Areas of Expertise: Damaris enjoys providing services for students with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, racial trauma, anxiety, body/image and eating concerns, grief/loss, and social justice issues. She is committed to working with students of color, LGBTQ+ students, first-generation students, and transfer students by fostering a safe space that instills empathy and compassion. Damaris is passionate about supporting students who are seeking personal change and growth, whether this is to find support while in the face of adversity or to delve into the therapeutic process that challenges self-exploration. Damaris' professional interest and research include multicultural counseling and incorporating social justice advocacy.
Approach to counseling / Theoretical Orientation: Damaris’ approach to counseling is collaborative and integrative. She is interested in cultivating change by implementing the therapy value of a non-judgmental and compassionate therapeutic relationship that enhances human resiliency. Her approach in counseling is rooted in Person-Centered and Relational Psychoanalytic therapy, and incorporates the values of social justice and multicultural competency to support clients’ goals in therapy. She also uses expressive arts, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Personal Interests: During her free time, Damaris enjoys spending time with friends and family, running and hiking outdoors, creating art, cooking new foods, spending quality time with her husband and cats, Gypsy and Tuna, and playing Nintendo video games on the weekends. She also enjoys reading books specifically on race, social justice and LGBTQ+ issues, and occasionally attends book clubs to discuss important highlights, themes and ideas that can be implemented to cultivate positive community through allyship, advocacy, and intentionally anti-racists practices.