About

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. 

Qualifications:

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.