Mental Health Therapist
Jackie was born in New Jersey but considers Oxnard, California home. She spent the majority of her life moving around from California, Washington, D.C, Virginia, and even Japan. Jackie knows what it’s like first-hand to have to adapt quickly to change and build connections with others who have experiences and lived realities different from hers. Jackie received her Bachelors in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also double majored in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies and minored in Education. During her time at Berkeley, Jackie served as the Executive Director of the Pilipino Academic Student Services (PASS), a recruitment and retention center, dedicated to providing support and equitable access to services pertaining to achieving higher education for Filipino-identifying students and the larger student of color community.
Jackie moved back to southern California where she earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her MSW with a concentration in family and child well-being and also obtained her Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Jackie was able to gain experience at the Cancer Support Community, facilitating cancer support groups and also interned at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. After graduating from UCLA and moving back to San Diego, Jackie worked at the San Diego Center for Children, a short-term residential therapeutic program, where she worked with high-risk youth providing individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, as well as crisis intervention. Jackie is familiar with working with various school districts, engaging in IEP meetings, as well as supporting foster care-involved youth and families. Jackie is committed to providing quality mental health support, especially for youth as they navigate the school setting, and she ensures her works is grounded in a social justice-based and trauma-informed approach.
Jackie is thrilled to be a part of the Mending Matters team and to continue her work with students, especially those from underserved and marginalized communities. When she’s not working, Jackie can be found planning activities for her youth group at Church, eating lots of delicious Filipino food, and playing card games with her family and loved ones.