The Change Therapy and Training Center exists to be a powerful resource and place of change for not only for individuals in our programs, but for all of El Salvador. Through Change, we want to provide Salvadoran individuals and families from all socio-economic levels with accessible, quality therapeutic interventions that provide healing, restoration, and opportunities for a new future.

Beyond that, we also want to equip Salvadorans in the areas of systemic/family therapy, and we want them to understand the intersections of trauma and societal issues in El Salvador so that they can reach into deeper places of understanding trauma and then be able to facilitate deeper levels of healing.



At Change, we offer therapy for individuals, couples, and families. We also facilitate support groups with a scope of practice in emotional and relationship difficulties, trauma, and addictions.  Our therapy is accessible to all socio-economic levels, and we offer therapy in both Spanish and English.

Email us today at to learn more about our therapeutic services.


Because of our years of walking through complex issues with high-risk populations, we are uniquely positioned to provide quality training to mental health professionals and organizations in the areas of systemic and family therapy, trauma, and addiction treatment. Within our organization, our own team of therapists receive all of our training so that our programs continue to meet the needs of those being served by our Lighthouse Resource Center and the New Dawn Residential Program. Through Change, we are able to use our experience to equip others outside of our own team with training that is contextualized for El Salvador’s needs and reality.

We offer the following workshops for organizations:

  • “Reduce the Risk” Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program for Schools
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Anti-Trafficking Work
  • Addiction Treatment
  • Self-Care
  • Parenting
  • Teacher and School Trainings

We are also able to design a training specifically to meet the needs of your organization.

We offer the following training for mental health professionals

At Change, mental health field clinicians can receive formal and experiential training in systemic and family therapy, trauma, and addiction treatment. We are uniquely positioned to provide hands-on internship experience in our drop-in program, our residential program, and our outpatient program.

Contact us at to ask about our training opportunities.

The Director of the Change Therapy and Training Center is Patty Ramirez.

Patty is a licensed psychologist in El Salvador with over 15 years of experience. She also holds a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, USA.



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