A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Lucianne E. Collado, LICSW
Hola Mi Gente!
Thank you so much for swinging by my page. I'd love to tell you all a little bit about me. As you can see I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in the state of Massachusetts. Back in 2013 I received my fancy Bachelor's in Social Work degree from the University of New Hampshire. I then graduated a year later in 2014 from Boston College for an even fancier degree, a Masters' of Social Work degree with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families.
I started my career as an in-home therapist, which allowed me to learn and grow quickly in the field of therapy and counseling. I loved working with families and meeting them where they were at. I was welcomed into so many homes and worked with amazing families. I learned that there is no perfect family, but there are so many families doing their best to survive. It's easy to judge certain lifestyles, and I am no stranger to bias (honestly who is completely unbiased?). Being an in-home therapist allowed me to see the day-to-day realities that families struggle with, and it allowed me to view them by their strengths instead of their challenges.
After some time, I transitioned to working in the Lawrence Public School systems, where I had the privilege of working with mainly newly arrived immigrant students. Working in an inner-city public school comes with it's natural challenges, but outside of that, the work I was able to do with some of the students was amazing. I was in an elementary school setting with students that had endless energy, but I was able to learn so much from my students. Working with them in real time to resolve conflicts, support parents with community resources, and really see resilience in the making with such young humans.
After working in a school setting, I briefly went back into community mental health in a supervisory role. I was able to learn a brand new set of skills from mentoring and supervising, to the administrative roles with an agency.
Throughout my entire career, I have stayed working in the city of Lawrence. It is the city where I was born and raised and feel a need to come back to give back. Because of that reason, I intentionally decided to open my practice in April 2019 in Lawrence, MA. Through my career I saw the need for Spanish Speaking/Latinx mental health providers. Identifying as Latinx and as a woman of color, I understand that representation matters, especially in our black and brown communities. I continue to work towards educating myself in cultural diversity and inclusion to offer my clients and my community a safe space to be their authentic selves and feel supported.
Fun Facts: I am learning to play the drums, I love most animals, and I consider pizza an important food group.