Gabi Chavarria, LAC earned her Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment from the University of Washington and additionally took classes at the University of Arkansas. She recently moved from the Pacific Northwest to NWA, serving parents and children from the most marginalized populations over the last 10 years.
Gabi has experience working with children and families in multiple settings including home visits, inpatient, outpatient, medical, telemedicine, school, and group settings. The approaches she utilizes are mostly evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and person-centered with a culturally competent lens. Gabi has experience working with children and adolescents who struggle with challenging behaviors, peer relationships and conflict, academic difficulties, social skills, depression, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Additionally, Gabi has a passion for helping non-English speaking families with parenting, school advocacy, resource binding, and creating that “village” that all families need to thrive. Gabi believes deeply in the therapeutic relationship. She allows clients to be their most authentic selves and wants them to feel safe, open, and empowered to create the changes they want to see in their lives. She believes trust, empathy, genuineness, and collaboration are the key factors in creating the relationship.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching psychological shows, anything Marvel, cheering on the Seattle Sounders, exploring new eats, being outside, and creating memories with her family and friends. Her passions, her husband, and two children ages 10 and 6 are what keeps her going! Gabi is currently on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee for her alma mater. She is an advocate for all populations, especially those in underserved communities.