Esmeralda Zaragoza-Estrada, ACSW
Esmeralda graduated from California State University San Marcos with her Master’s degree in Social Work and bachelor’s in Criminology & Social Justice Studies. Esmeralda has over 5 years’ experience in the social work field and has worked in many different settings serving a wide range of populations. Following graduation, she began clinical training as a psychiatric emergency department social worker at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, assisting children and families in crisis by providing counseling, resources, and assisting them in navigating the mental health system. She has also worked in community mental health settings as an outpatient social worker servicing family’s and at-promise youth in foster care, group home settings, and residential treatment facilities. She is trained in a variety of treatment modalities and clinical interventions and is a firm believer in culturally humility and human connection. Esmeralda works to support and guide individuals in a manner that is conducive to change, advocacy, equity and happiness. She is empathetic but will challenge her clients to step outside of their comfort zone and work to meet their goals in treatment. She utilizes a holistic framework that helps address individuals biological, psychological and social and environmental needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, going on hikes, and binge-watching a good Netflix series with a bowl of popcorn.
Esmeralda offers sessions in both English and Spanish and is currently accepting new clients online and in person.
CA BBS License: ACSW-98090 Esmeralda is accruing hours towards licensure and is supervised by Brittani Williams.