My name is Caroline Hart, and I am a Bilingual Clinical Therapist from Nashville, TN. A lover of travel, of Costa Rica, and of a beautiful Tico man, I decided to take a year off of my work as a therapist and offer my time, energy, experience, knowledge and passion to Casa Milagro and all that the foundation is trying to do. I am excited about the change of pace as I lean into a role of less clinical work, and instead one of wearing many different hats as the newest Program Manager.

I first came to Costa Rica after completing my Bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I spent about eight months here, living with a family, immersing myself into the culture, taking 15 hours of private Spanish lessons per week at a language institute, and volunteering the rest of my time to a local non-profit, El Niño y La Bola (Boy with a Ball.)

 

Though I had always known that my calling was to be a clinical therapist, my time working in the vulnerable communities of “Los Cuadros” and “El Triangulo” in San Jose led me to the world of Social Work, as my role went beyond the individual, but also included looking at the systems affecting them. With this organization I was leading girls’ groups and mentoring, doing home visits, and giving English classes and tutoring.

 

The dynamic nature of this work led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating with my Master’s, I got a job as a Bilingual Clinical Therapist at a Child Advocacy Center in Nashville, TN, where I was providing trauma therapy and play therapy to children (and non-offending parents) who were victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or were the victims or witnesses of violent crimes. This job also including working closely with law enforcement, attorneys, and detectives in order to advocate for the needs of my clients, and help them receive justice. I hope to bring all that I learned at the child advocacy center to Casa Milagro, in order to continue expanding the services being provided to the youth on the streets of Costa Rica.

When I am not working, I can be found on my yoga mat, running, playing with my dog, Cooper (who came with me to Costa Rica all the way from Nashville), or spending time with my family. I recently became certified to teach not only yoga, but also trauma informed yoga, and I am eager to bring this practice both to the foundation, and to continue incorporating it into my own life a little more each day. I also have a deep love for travel and all that it entails. I love exploring, learning from other cultures, and seeing how differently other people live. I have lived and studied in Austin, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; Nashville, TN; Barcelona, Spain; and Costa Rica. I have also spent a large amount of time in Haiti, and the Dominican Republic, where I did mission work. I hope to continue growing this list with time.

It is an honor and a privilege to be here, now, with Casa Milagro. I look forward to meeting all of you, and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions for me. I am a coffee fanatic, and would also always love to go grab coffee and get to know you all better.

Here’s to working together, and pouring into the lives and hearts of vulnerable children in Costa Rica. Here’s to being a team, and fighting to make this world a better place.

With love,

Caroline Hart