Promotional Spotlight: Yvette Morales

November 3, 2022

Yvette Morales, Intensive Services Therapist

In this month’s promotional spotlight we would like to introduce you to Yvette Morales, our Intensive Services Therapist.

Yvette started her path with Penny Lane in January 2021 as a TBS Worker located in our Commerce office, and since that time has worked diligently to get where she is today. She was promoted in August 2022 to Intensive Services Therapist in Training for the Commerce Clinic and as of October 1, was officially promoted to Wraparound Intensive Services Outpatient Therapist.  

She is also licensed as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California and holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. Let’s congratulate her on her success!

What was your journey prior to coming to Penny Lane?

My journey prior to coming to Penny Lane Centers was working as a math tutor for a high school baseball team as well as working for the school district for over 15 years.

What brought you to Penny Lane Centers?

I am here today because I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and their families. I love seeing the passion within the Penny Lane staff and how much they are dedicated to helping others.

What were some benefits that Penny Lane offers that you took advantage of to further your education / career with us?

One of the benefits that Penny Lane offers that I took advantage of to further my career and education is the bilingual differential. And although I have not yet applied for loan forgiveness, I do plan on taking advantage of it as well.

What makes you good at your current role?

I am currently a wraparound therapist for intensive services. I am extremely passionate about supporting the clients I work with as well as their families. I strive to be the best therapist I can be for the youth I work with.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I fought in amateur kickboxing; I was 2-1.

What event in your life shaped you significantly?

The event that shaped my life significantly was an incident that happened years ago. It led me to change career paths. Initially, I was in school to be a special education history teacher, however, after this event, I knew that I needed to do more for the children who are placed in foster care.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever got was, “what you encourage, you allow.” I love this because this is so true.

What do you appreciate most about Penny Lane?

I appreciate the support that I receive every day from Penny Lane staff. My co-workers are amazing and my supervisors have been so helpful.

Please share something you are grateful for.

I am grateful for such an amazing opportunity to work beside the therapist that I now work with. I am also grateful to Cynthia Moreno and Michael Morellino, for believing in me and allowing me to work for such a great place. In addition, I am truly grateful for all the help and support that I receive daily from all Penny Lane staff.

-Yvette Morales, Penny Lane Centers