LPC (DC, PA, VA), LCPC (MD), NCC, CCTP
Pronouns used: He/Him/His
My approach draws primarily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), focusing on solving current problems and modifying unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns. I do this through a multicultural and social justice approach and lens. What that means is I take into consideration the person’s varying identities and how the systems they live in impacts them. I focus on the client in a holistic approach. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for past disturbing memories and related events. I am a big fan of the benefits of group counseling. Joining a group provides a unique way to get support from others who are going through similar challenges.
As a clinician I have worked with at-risk youth, adults recovering from substance use disorders, and survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and/or human trafficking. My professional experience also includes working with marginalized communities including seniors, immigrant communities, LGBTGEQIAP+, and racially diverse folx.
Roberto is a Licensed Professional Counselor who contributed to a textbook, How Qualitative Data Analysis Happens: Moving Beyond "Themes Emerged" (2018). He is a Past President of the Northern Virginia Counselors Association (NVCA). He is also a former Secretary of the Virginia Association of Addictions Counselors (VAAC). He has served on a variety of committees and taskforces that include the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA), the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE), and the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA).
Roberto was awarded the 2022 Anneliese Singh Queer and Trans People of Color Award by the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA), an award presented to a SAIGE member who champions for Queer and Trans People of Color. He is also the recipient of the 2023 Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) Compadrazgo/Comadrazgo Award. This award honors a member of the Latinx Network of AMCD who is active in the mentorship of Latinx counseling students or professionals, demonstrates a commitment to multiculturalism and social justice, and has demonstrated leadership (or leadership potential) within the Latinx Network.
In-network insurance & Self-pay
Licenses & Certifications
|Licensed Professional Counselor
|Licensed Professional Counselor
|Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
|Professional Counselor Telehealth Provider
|National Certified Counselor
|Compadrazgo/Comadrazgo Award recognized by the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
|Anneliese Singh Queer and Trans People of Color Award recognized by the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
|Chapter of the Year - Northern Virginia Counselors Association (NVCA) recognized by the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA)
|Small Chapter of the Year - Northern Virginia Counselors Association (NVCA) recognized by the Virginia Counselors Association (VCA)