My lifelong desire to understand myself and the world around me led me to pursue a degree in psychology. I then went on to pursue a degree in social work driven by my thirst for social justice. My name is Luciana Yábar and I am a Spanish and English-speaking mental health professional based in the Netherlands. I was born and raised in Peru and spent most of my adult life in the United States. I now live in Haarlem since 2018. 


Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology (summa cum laude), Life University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2014.
Master of Social Work (MSW), clinical specialization, University of Houston, Texas, USA, 2016. 
*Both degrees are validated by Nuffic, the Dutch organization for internationalization in education. 

Work experience:

  • Substance abuse counselor at the Latin American Foundation of Social Action: assessing and treating clients mandated by the court to attend substance abuse treatment programs.
  • Program evaluation research assistant for Houston’s YMCA’s Trafficked Persons Assistance Program: interviewing and assessing human trafficking survivors to determine the effectiveness and deficits of the program.
  • Counselor at the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program: providing psychological intervention and treatment aimed at relieving anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and stress among the hospital’s employees.
  • Medical social worker at St. Hope Foundation: conducting comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments, screening for pre-existing medical and psychological conditions, and history of substance abuse. Helping patients to reduce stress from living with the medical, economic, and social impact of their diagnosis.
  • Independent mental health professional: providing independent services to a variety of clients dealing with a range of life situations such as grief, bullying, anger management, depression, self-image, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.