Erika Fernandez de Castro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who specializes in therapeutic services for children, adolescents and young adults facing emotional, learning and behavioral difficulties. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Mrs. Fernandez de Castro earned a master’s degree from Barry University’s College of Social Work. She completed a two-year clinical internship at CHARLEE Home for Children in Miami, FL. In this setting she specialized in child and adolescent mental health with a focus on the emotional and academic needs of each assigned foster child as well as facilitating family reunification visitations. This internship led to her working closely with identified at-risk students enrolled in Miami Dade County Public Schools. Her work highlighted the importance of identifying factors which can hinder the social, emotional and educational development of each child and its impact on the family. She recognizes the importance of social emotional development from as early as infancy. This recognition encouraged her to seek training in Infant Mental Health. Over the past 20 years, her experience at local community mental health agencies have provided a depth of experience and available mental health resources.
Mrs. Fernandez de Castro focuses on a collaboration with each individual to identify presenting issues and works towards a solution by empowering each individual with psychotherapy, support and appropriate coping skills.