Dr. Rivas is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (NY) with a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She also has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Disability Studies from Syracuse University. Dr. Rivas is currently an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Rivas has worked in a variety of settings and provides individual and couples counseling to people of color in English and Spanish. She is committed to professional engagement that strengthens counseling, counselor education, and clinical supervision of counselors. Her scholarly interests include multicultural counseling competencies, disability counseling competencies, counselor development, and disability rhetoric within the counseling discourse. Dr. Rivas has presented at multiple professional counseling conferences at the state, regional, and national level in topics related to counselor education and development, clinical supervision, and multicultural competencies of counselors in training.