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Ayana Judith Williford, LMSW (Md.), LGSW (D.C.)
I am Licensed to see therapy clients in Maryland. And certified to provide Life Coaching to clients in any state.
I was born on Torrejon Air Force Base in Madrid Spain. My parents are both from South Carolina. My father is retired Air Force and my still works for the Department of Justice in Washington DC
I consider myself Black American as my parents and their family are all from South Carolina. Although I was not raised in South Carolina, I lived Spain for 5 years, Utah
for 5 years and San Antonio Tx for 8 years, and the DC metropolitan area for 20 years.
I graduated from Bowie State University but I attended St. Phillips Community College, SAC san Antonio community college, flunked out of UT San Antonio, did a year at Paine College, and Prairie View A&M. I attended graduate school at the University of Houston Graduated May of 2013
I found a passion for working with children and youth at a young age and meeting my first Social Worker as an Outreach and Admissions Counselor for Job Corps. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families all my working life. In high school, I was an Afterschool Aid with YMCA at various elementary schools in San Antonio, Texas. I have also worked in childcare and as a Summer Youth Counselor and an Afterschool Counselor. I started in the helping profession as an HIV team agency Change Happens/ Youth Counselor/ Mentor/ Program Assistant. I provided counseling as a Case Manager. I helped clients manage Emotional Regulation as a therapist and practiced therapy in multiple private practices. I enjoy being a Mental Health Therapist.
I love being Black. I love working with Black people.
Unfortunately, I dealt with racism in a recent professional setting in Southern Md. I had to resign before they built an arbitrary case against me to put my license on the line. The organization I was working at has an extensive history of being racist towards Black Social Workers.
I am trained in multiple forms of therapy including: Strengths Based Perspective, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or (DBT) and Solution Focused therapy.
My clients tend to find me very authentic, helpful, easy to build rapport, and competent.