Rafael Perez is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker, consultant, trainer, group facilitator, crisis intervention specialist and clinical supervisor. He received a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College and has over 25 years of counseling experience in a myriad of settings including community clinics, public schools, intensive outpatient, residential rehabilitation, psychiatric emergency room and private practice with a focus on somatic trauma recovery. Rafael has served on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Youth Bureau and first responder with the Orange County School-wide Critical Incidence Response Team.
For over 16 years, Rafael has been a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) therapist and group facilitator for a sub-acute psychiatric outpatient program in Kingston, NY. His work with individuals, couples, and families has allowed him to develop a depth of therapeutic skills from CBT, DBT, Exposure Therapy, Mindfulness and EMDR disciplines to treat a broad spectrum of clinical issues. Rafael is a SEP (Somatic Experience Practitioner) and has been in private practice since 2007. Rafael co-founded the Mindful Living Space, to provide DBT "Skills for Living" psychoeducational group training for individuals challenged by severe mood dysregulation. Rafael shares his work time between his private practice in New York City and group practice, Wellness Embodied in New Paltz, NY; offering individual, couples, family and group therapy and DBT groups and workshops.
Rafael is also a Fashion Institute of Technology award-winning fashion design graduate. He is the co-founder of the Hive Event Collective, a cooperative of local artists who conceptualize boutique events in the bucolic Hudson Valley. Rafael is the owner of PerAlta Costura, a small eco-friendly special occasion, made-to-order design atelier.
Rafael is the youngest of 11 children, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He resides in New Paltz, NY where he has lived for over 30 years. Rafael is an avid mountain biker, marathon runner, tennis and cross fit athlete.