Blanca Elizabeth Vega, H. Kenny Nienhusser & Mariella Saavedra Carquin-Hamichand (2022) “When I Would Hurt”: Undocumented Students’ Responses to Obstacles Faced during the College Choice Process, The Educational Forum, DOI: 10.1080/00131725.2021.2020944
Blanca Elizabeth Vega, H. Kenny Nienhusser & Mariella Saavedra Carquin-Hamichand (2022) “When I Would Hurt”: Undocumented Students’ Responses to Obstacles Faced during the College Choice Process, The Educational Forum, 86:3, 237-252, DOI: 10.1080/00131725.2021.2020944
Nienhusser, H. K., Vega, B. E., & Saavedra Carquin, M. (2016). Undocumented immigrants’ experiences with microaggressions during their college choice process. Teachers College Record, 118 (2).
Nienhusser, H. Kenny & Vega, Blanca Elizabeth & Saavedra, Mariella. (2015). Briding the Gap: Guiding the College Search of Undocumented Students. Journal of College Admission. Fall 2015. 30-34.
My approach is eclectic and I adjust it according to the individual client. I have a humanistic and interpersonal approach that can sometimes include writing and other artistic outlets for creativity. I often utilize CBT techniques to help clients gain an understanding of how thoughts are connected to emotions and subsequent behavior.
I believe that healing can come from different avenues, and can incorporate the spiritual, the artistic, nature, and nutrition/wellness. I am an avid museum-goer and also enjoy writing poetry, especially as an outlet for grief. I believe in an intersectional and systems approach to therapy, especially given racial trauma and discriminatory actions taken towards BIPOC populations.
I am passionate about creative writing and am working on a poetry collection. I enjoy going to concerts, reading, and being outdoors.
I am interested in intuitive eating, the connection between nutrition and well-being, food access/food justice, and urban farming. I volunteer with Denver Botanic Gardens with the Horticulture team. I have also volunteered with a food education organization.
Public Speaking Yes
Microaggressions experienced by undocumented youth during college-going process; Emotional impact of undocumented immigrant status on immigrant youth