My name is Mae Madge Mendoza Howard, LCSW. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, License # 74977. I am a career changer. My undergraduate degree is from CSU San Marcos in international business management. I received my Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California. I use this experience to help understand different cultures and communication that may pertain to possible difficulties of my clientele. I am proficient in Spanish and Tagalog and continue to work to improve on my proficiency. I moved from the Philippines when I was 8 years old and grew up primarily in North San Diego County.
My family and I faced many adversities living in the United States for the first decade of our lives. I understand the complexity of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation. I take this experience within my practice to provide a more empathic and understanding approach towards working with different cultures. My social work background ranges from counseling domestic violence survivors, advocating against teen dating violence, working inpatient with co-occurring adults, and seeing children and their families in an inpatient and outpatient setting with a multitude of social, emotional, medical, and behavioral issues.
Today, I am married and continue to live in North San Diego with my husband, our 2 dogs, and chickens. I love spending my spare time traveling, camping, hiking, doing triathlons, and Crossfit. I am involved with different non-profit organizations and continue to work for the local children’s hospital. I am also part of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and like to volunteer for different causes. As part of my continued growth I am working towards becoming certified in the following models: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!