I am a Philadelphia based licensed clinical social worker and public health professional. Informed by Immigrant-Filipino parents who love through a sense of home, a chosen Queer family who resist subjugation, and a public health community that seeks to honor social and environmental context. My approach is relational, inter-subjective and grounded in love, honor, and respect.
Education and Training
I received my Master's in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and my Master's in public health from Drexel University. I have completed my Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University and focused my academic work in developing programing on patient-centered medical homes, integrated-health, recovery-oriented primary care, and body-positive behavioral interventions. I am a certified clinical anxiety treatment professional, have completed foundational training in relational-psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and have a certificate in Clinical Social Work Supervision.
I have been a practicing social worker and clinician since 2009 and have been involved in various community-based programs in the Philadelphia metro area. In the last decade, I have overseen and managed HIV Prevention programs for gay/bisexual men, developed and enhanced recovery-resilience programming for a network of federally qualified health centers, and continue to be involved in community organizing on issues related to Queer Asian Americans, Anti-black racism in social work, and body-positivity and liberation. Currently, I teach a wide range of graduate courses that invite an intersectional approach to social work practice at Columbia University and West Chester University and work at a Federally Qualified Health Center providing integrated care and behavioral consultation.
I am deeply honored to be doing this work and to be in a community with caring and compassionate colleagues and beautifully resilient consumers.
Dr. Ramirez truly listens and meets me where I am. They have helped me not only identify what I feel but dig deeper and understand the impact current or past beliefs have on how I interact with the world. Dr. Ramirez doesn’t push a narrative but encourages me to determine how my narrative was built/created. I highly recommend him
Dr. Ramirez is very good at helping me identify and verbalize my feelings and emotions. Dr. Ramirez's approach and outlooks are different than therapists I've met with in the past, which I find useful. It gives me a different perspective of my feelings and emotions, which I believe will help me better understand my emotions and teach me different methods of self-development.
Dr. Ramirez has really helped me to overcome some of the residual effects of my childhood trauma and helped me find positive tools and strategies for dealing with my anxiety and depression. He is also personable and friendly and easy to talk to! My experience with him has been nothing but great so far.
Dr. Ramirez is extremely encouraging and patient. I am extremely thankful for my time in Dr. Ramirez’s care.
Dr. Ramirez is an amazing counselor. I’m so grateful to have some one that listens to me and supports me and digs deeper into who I am and helps me work on myself to become the best me.
I really appreciate Dr Ramirez’s patient approach to therapy. He is very attentive and focused, knowing what questions to ask, and empathises with your situation. I’ve never had a therapist who knew me without seeing me or anything.
Noel is great. He’s really helpful and listens and brings some important perspectives.
A wonderful counsellor. Incredibly helpful at dealing with a variety of issues I have been dealing with and always very proactive with how I can approach various issues. Would 100% recommend to anyone!
Noel and myself have been speaking for a short time. This is my first experience at counselling and i already feel comfortable in sharing things that I wouldn't usually. Noel says just enough to get me thinking and analysing what i already know. Just helps to have someone to help lay it all out
Noel and I have only been talking for a couple of weeks. He has been very supportive and has let me rant and complain about everything that is going on in my life. He has offered me a kind ear and advice back. It has helped me already just knowing I have someone to listen.