Although San Antonio is “home” where her family resides, Sylvia took a detour to Dallas for decades. She took her father’s advice to “get an education” very seriously, even when she was unsure of what direction to go in life. Her first degree was an associate’s degree in construction acquired while also going to school to become a journeyman electrician. She was well into her degree for electrical engineering, and enjoying the perks of catching the sunrise atop of new construction buildings. The love for people, however, jolted her into the realization that she wanted a career in serving. Sylvia abruptly quit all things electrical and joined a nursing program. After earning her Associate’s degree in nursing, then a BSN in nursing, for decades she enjoyed an incredible nursing career specializing in oncology. The only frustration was not being able to spend enough quality (to her satisfaction) one on one time with those under her care. The rapid work pace would not allow it. She witnessed the toll that the high stress, and fast pace, took on medical professionals as well as first responders around her. Back to school she went to acquire a Masters in Community Counseling with the plan to give time to those in need. She jumped straight into working with a population who experienced some of the worst type’s trauma and abuse. Although incredibly rewarding, Sylvia always had a heart for the military and first responder population. When she punched out of Dallas, she knew it would happen when she returned home. She just had no idea how seamlessly it would occur.
Growing up with a father, uncles, and cousins, who made military life a career, it came naturally to Sylvia to seek out a career in serving. As an RN, she saw the physiological effects of trauma and loss. Seeing the need for patients to have a space to process their story, Sylvia went back to school and acquired a MACC, masters in community counseling. Due to lifelong exposure to military and first responder personnel, this community is close to her heart. She has focused on, and specialized in, trauma her during her counseling career. Sylvia is trained in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy TF-CBT, critical incident stress management CISM, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing EMDR. I am incredibly grateful to work with the warrior population. I can no longer talk to you about my adventure’s dad, but somehow, I think you know.