DoralisCorianoValues and Philosophy

I value meaningful connections and healthy relationships. These can be cultivated with empathy, communication, support, and transparency. Opening up to someone, even a therapist, can be intimidating and takes courage. As a counselor, I strive to build a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients so they can feel they are in a safe space during their sessions. A space where they can be vulnerable, honest, and unafraid to be themselves. I believe a strength-based approach can build up a client’s confidence and aid them in making changes they might have had difficulty achieving before. By strength-based, I mean working with clients so they can acknowledge their hard work and progress but also to allow themselves to accept the ups and downs of life while receiving encouragement along the way.

I value difference, diversity, multiculturalism, and intersectionality. When working with clients, I assess how aspects of their identity and environmental factors may be impacting their mood/symptoms. Mental health can be affected by current events, socioeconomic/sociopolitical factors, traumatic experiences, and other issues. People should have support when their mental health is impacted, just like anyone needs treatment when their physical health declines. Together, we can draw from your experiences and resilience to create a new beginning.

Training and Experience

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. During that time I was a volunteer research assistant on a project called: Behavioral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS Stigma among Health Professionals. I was also part of the Student Counselor Program (Estudiantes Orientadores) where I was a Student Peer Counselor. Being a student counselor gave me the opportunity to provide group and individual support to first year students as they adapted to college life. These experiences confirmed that my passion lies in supporting others, especially those from marginalized and underserved groups.

To further my training, I enrolled in The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where I obtained my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Latino/a Mental Health. In this program, we concentrated on how to adapt treatment interventions taking into consideration all of our clients’ intersections (race, ethnicity, racial/ethnic identity, gender identity, disability/ability status, socioeconomic status, etc). Hence, this curriculum allowed me to expand my knowledge on how to better provide culturally congruent treatment, not just to Latinxs, but to all clients.

On July 2017 I completed a one year internship at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Outpatient Behavioral Health. My training here prepared me to provide treatment to a diverse clientele with a wide range of presenting problems. I saw clients from all age groups for individual, group, and/or family therapy. These included co-facilitating a Women’s Depression and Anxiety Group, an Adolescent ADHD/Social Skills Group, and Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Groups.

Range of Focus

Latina and Spanish Speaking
Adults, Adolescents, Children, and Families
Anxiety/Social Anxiety and Stress
Acculturative Stress
Latinx Mental Health
Immigrant/Refugee Issues
LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy
Life Transitions/Adjustment
Trauma and Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
Case Management


Distinguished Student Award
Award serving to acknowledge student excellence in leadership; commitment to diversity, multicultural competence, social advocacy; and/or service and community engagement in addition to outstanding academic performance. Date of Award: July 6th, 2017.

Best Poster Presentation in the Student Category
Coriano-Ortiz, D. Reyes Estrada, M. Rivera-Díaz, M., Ph.D,Varas-Díaz, N., Ph.D., Padilla, M., Ph.D. Patriarchal discourse and the spread of HIV/AIDS in women of Puerto Rico. 60th Convention of the Psychology Association of Puerto Rico (APPR). Date of award: November 16, 2013.

First Place Award in the Poster Presentation Category
Rivera-Díaz,M., Varas-Díaz,N., Padilla,M., Reyes-Estrada, M., Suro- Maldonado,B., Coriano-Ortiz,D. Behavioral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS Among Health Professionals. 32nd Annual Research and Education Forum. University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus San Juan. Date of award: April 20, 2012.


M.A. Counseling Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

B.A. Psychology
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

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