Martha Mendes, CSW, CASUDC
Martha, born and raised in Mexico, moved with her family to the U.S. when she was 15 years old. She received her Bachelor's in Social Work and her Master's in Social Work with emphasis in Mental Health from the University of Utah. She served as an undergraduate intern at Recovery Works, which is an Intensive Outpatient Program, at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). While working at Recovery Works, she noticed that many participants had experienced sexual assault, and this sparked her interest for trauma. As a Certified Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor and a Sexual Assault Counselor, she hopes to better serve and understand individuals who suffer from Substance Use Disorder and Trauma. Martha worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Intervention Development, at the University of Utah, for over two years.
Martha is multilingual and she loves to experience life in different cultures. She has lived in Mexico, Portugal, France, and the U.S. Living in different countries has helped her expand her worldview, and understand that you can never be culturally competent. However, you can be open to learning and with respectful curiosity you can better understand many cultures and worldviews. In her spare time, Martha enjoys spending time with her family. Martha and her family are passionate travelers and explorers.