THEODORA HIOTIS, MSW CLINICAL RESIDENT
MY GOAL IS TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL THEY ARE HEARD AND NEVER ALONE.
I’ve always had a passion for helping those around me, whether it was a person I just met on the street, or someone I’ve known for a lifetime. I feel in order to help someone it is important to hear their story and build a connection to further understand their needs. Compassion can go a long way and can make a difference in a person’s life. I strive to make a change in other people’s lives for the better. We have all faced our own struggles and hardships along with the challenges that life throws at us. My goal is to make people feel they are heard and never alone.
I am first generation, born to immigrant parents, and have lived in Queens my entire life. Even though I live in, “the most diverse city in the world,” I have always wanted to learn more about different cultures. This desire has pushed me to travel the world and meet new people throughout my travels, a lot of which I have had the opportunity to do alone and continuously challenge myself to be out of my comfort zone.
I’ve worked for the department of education as a paraprofessional with children in the special education program for over 6 years. Over the years I’ve participated in several different trainings and workshops focused on topics such as de-escalation and emotional regulation, to help strengthen my skill set and ability to work with children with behavioral and developmental challenges. I earned my Bachelors in Social Work from Queens College in Urban Studies and Sociology. I currently attend York College, where I am pursuing my Masters degree in Social Work.