Mental Health Therapist
Richelle was born and raised in Poway, CA with balancing between both her Filipino and Colombian family households growing up.
Richelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCSD and then pursued her Master of Social Work degree from USC. Richelle has always been interested in the mind-body connection and also on how life experiences can impact thoughts and behavior.
During graduate school, Richelle interned at a juvenile diversion program in which she played multiple roles, such as case management, facilitating a girl’s group, and facilitating Teen Court hearings. Richelle also has experience in working at a group home with youth experiencing mental health challenges, being a mental health aid in a crisis stabilization unit for youth experiencing suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, and a medical record reviewer at the crisis stabilization unit.
Richelle values trauma-informed care approaches and also restorative justice principles. She is excited to be a part of the Mending Matters team and to have the opportunity to work in a school-setting to help meet the needs of students.
During her free time, you can find Richelle taking dance classes, spending time with loved ones, or relaxing at the beach.