My name is Paulina Huff. I was born on March 1981 in a small town called Loja that’s located in Ecuador. I have four brothers and two sisters. I am the 2nd to the youngest in my family tree. My name Paulina is a Roman name derived from Paulus, it means “small” in Latin and “beautiful”, “lovely” in Greek. Currently, I am currently married with two handsome children. The oldest is Pablo and he is eighteen years old, the youngest is Isaac and he is nine years old.
My family is special to me due to the fact they are my biggest support system. I consider myself family oriented. I come from a collectivist culture and in my culture, we value family interactions, and we encourage family support. My family of origin taught me to never walk alone and that they will always be by my side. Over the years, I have come to the realization that family interactions are very important in a person’s life. Since family systems affects a person’s behavior, I got intrigued on how much family interactions can make an impact on a person’s lifetime and I took it upon myself to study Psychology with the Family/Child and Couple Clinical Psychology emphasis.
I have worked in many exciting places, one of them was working for the United Nations while I was in the military. There I learned that culture has a major impact on a person’s development. I’m aware that people in the U.S. comes from different backgrounds and it is important to acknowledge them. Life skills is not only a program that works to provide high quality services, it also provides an inclusive environment. I love working for life skills because I identify myself with the Hispanics customers and I value that the program allows me to provide services in Spanish. Which is an advantage for the customers who don’t speak English and their families are Spanish speakers only. I cannot imagine the struggle that these family go through with the challenges of mental health issues and how much stress the language barrier adds to it. Life skill programs is working hard on providing high quality services to the different minority communities. Life skills is more than a program, it is a big family that values each participant and gives them a sense of belonging. I feel blessed to be part of this wonderful program and make an impact on the Like skills community.