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Elsie Cantres-Alvarado

Title: Counselor, Coach, and Education Specialist
Location: New York, New York, United States

Elsie Cantres-Alvarado, a self-employed counselor, coach and education specialist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Healthcare Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of mental health counseling.

Drawing on nearly two decades of experience in her chosen field, Ms. Cantres-Alvarado has distinguished herself as an online counselor and life coach since 2015. Treating patients in an independent capacity throughout the New York City area, she leverages a wealth of expertise in developmental disabilities, crisis intervention, child and family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, addiction counseling, and applied behavioral analysis, among other areas of interest. Long dedicated to public service on behalf of others, she previously availed herself for several decades as an administrator for the New York Department of Education, a social worker for Family and Children Services, and a community coordinator at the Department for the Aging. Additionally, Ms. Cantres-Alvarado was elected to the New York Community Action Board in 1986 – a role she held until 2000. 

Before venturing onto her vocational path, Ms. Cantres-Alvarado studied sociology and art at Baruch College, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. Following this accomplishment, she attended Fordham University, where she attained a Master of Social Work in 1985 and a Master of Education in professional supervision and administration in 1994. Well-qualified in her field, she holds a child protective services certificate and a professional life coach certification. Likewise, Ms. Cantres-Alvarado continues to attend workshops online to expand upon her skillset. To remain aware of developments in her field, she has maintained her affiliation with such organizations as the National Association of Social Workers and the N.Y.C. Council on Supervisors and Administrators. 

Though her professional journey has been filled with highlights, Ms. Cantres-Alvarado is most proud to have interacted with various different cultures and age groups through her work, which helped her build different approaches to mental health counseling. Moreover, she is gratified to have served on behalf of special education students. In accounting for her success, she credits the fact that she has received exemplary training from specialists in her field. Looking toward the future, Ms. Cantres-Alvarado hopes to continue enjoying her retirement, as well as her favorite pastimes, including traveling alongside her husband and helping her grandchildren achieve their aspirations. 

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