“LCSW, Friend, Advocate”
Irene Ornelas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a native Californian and first-generation student, Irene received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks) and her Masters of Social Work from California State University Long Beach (Distance Education Program in Ventura County).
Her professional social work experience includes working directly with individuals and families from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds as a Medical Social Worker and Clinical Social Worker. Her over 20 years of experience includes working in public health with adolescents who were pregnant and parenting, children challenged with physical disabilities, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as with individuals receiving care in renal dialysis, hospital, home health, hospice, and pediatric clinic settings as well as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Her approach to care is collaborative, person-centered, strength based, and holistic keeping in mind that life’s challenges impact each individual differently. Irene believes that a trusting relationship between the individual and the mental health therapist is the first important step to providing assistance and guidance through the healing journey whether one is struggling with a physical health challenge, life transition, or mental health challenge.
When not working, Irene enjoys practicing yoga, spending time outdoors both in nature and exploring the city, listening to music, reading, traveling, and being with her family and friends.