Patricia Arce is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW #102935) who joins PEP as a Filipino immigrant raised primarily in North County, where she grew up experiencing the wonders of San Diego’s northernmost region through exploring its natural beauty and engaging in community-building work for local organizations such as I Heart a Clean San Diego, Vista Boys and Girls Club, and WRC.
Patricia believes that mental health and societal issues are deeply intertwined and utilizes a framework centered on social justice and intersectionality throughout all facets of her life. Patricia continues to put her values in practice by engaging in regular mutual aid work with local organizations and through supporting clients in being their most authentic and genuine selves. With an open-minded and radically accepting perspective, Patricia recognizes and honors clients’ roles as experts in their own lives and seeks to create vibrant and collaborative working relationships with them to support them in achieving their goals and creating their ideal lives.
Patricia received her Bachelor’s in Social Work and Women’s Studies from San Diego State University, where she graduated with honors and had the opportunity to participate in internships with San Diego Youth Services and Union of Pan Asian Communities. After completing her undergraduate degree, she pursued her Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University’s Advanced Standing program, where she gained experience working with people with severe and persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders as part of Community.