Sobeira is a Latina clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in community mental health. She received her social work degree from Salem State University. Sobeira began her social work career in public child welfare and found herself confronted with the many challenges of systemic inequalities. She then joined forces with Health Families America, in bringing Child Abuse and Neglect primary prevention to an underserved, impoverished community – Washington Heights. Sobeira spent many years with Alianza Dominicana as Program Director and supporting community based programs in the Heights. She was instrumental in designing Alianza’s Children, Adolescent and Family Support Clinic – a culturally responsive mental health agency in the heart of Washington Heights.
Then in 2001, she found herself serving a community impacted by 9/11 and American Airlines Flight 587. AA Flight 587 – 260 people died, mostly Dominicans, most from or with ties to Washington Heights. She quickly found herself confronted with trauma, like no other – individual, family, and community. Sobeira shifted gears, and since then, has been focusing on trauma treatment. She served as Clinical Director of Alianza’s therapeutic camp – De Corazon a Corazon – for children who lost parents and loved ones. She helped design the first post 9/11 children mental health research project with Columbia University – Children, Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS).
In 2007, Sobeira served as Clinical Director of Creative Consulting Services – providing children and adolescents in-home mental health services. In 2009, she began her career in private practice – a community based psychotherapist who values cultural humility, understands racial and structural inequality and is responsive to the unique needs of diverse communities.
Sobeira is SP Certified and is now in the SP Coaching Program.