My expertise centers on understanding the influence that thoughts, feelings, and behavior have on each other and on overall (mind and body) well-being. I provide mental health counseling to help children, teens and adults identify triggers and develop long-term coping skills to manage behavioral challenges and/or developmental disabilities including learning differences; uncontrollable worrying; school and work stress such as perfectionism, self-esteem, feeling undeserving, inadequate, and overwhelmed by self-doubt; difficulty with concentration, structure and organization; mood changes including frequent crying and agitation; pattern of unsatisfactory relationships and history difficult family dynamics; little interest or pleasure in doing things; difficulty adjusting to change and transitions and more.
I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to help clients who have trouble handling strong emotions and whose thought patterns cause distress, low moods and undesired behaviors. ACT is mindfulness based and helps my client create a meaningful and rich life, while accepting the unavoidable hardships that inevitably come. ACT helps clients take deliberate and effective action guided by their personal, cultural, faith/spiritual values and encourages client to be present and active participants in their life. I have co-facilitated DBT groups and provided support to individuals who present with signs or symptoms associated with behavioral disorders and related developmental disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Learning Differences.
Through our work together my clients may experience a decrease or elimination of symptoms related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder or behavioral issues. My clients learn to assert their needs and to manage conflict in relationships; develop skills to improve structure, organization and focus; learn how to interpret and regulate these emotions and respond appropriately; improve communication; learn ways to accept and tolerate distress without worsening distress; and enhance or reduce emotions in order to respond effectively and achieve individual goals. Above all, my clients develop an ability to have compassion for themselves while also working towards change or learning to accept their limitations.
I work with individuals across racial, ethnic, gender, age, faith/spiritual, sexual orientation, cultural and professional backgrounds to process difficulties related to experiences and histories unique to their personal and collective identities. I serve the individual who needs someone who is looking for directive and solution focused therapy with a provider who can hold space for his/her/their family dynamics, cultural complexity, development stage and needs.
I work with each client to complete a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan/goals in order to develop a detailed plan alongside the client based on the client's individual needs.
I have a strong passion for supporting people in developing emotional resilience, self determination, autonomy, managing stress, improving maladaptive behaviors, improving self-esteem, improving relationships by developing communication skills and assertiveness and building skills to make life's unexpected craziness more manageable.
I provide individual therapy online (only) to residents of Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia.
I am a trainee in The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and provide counseling under the clinical supervision of Susan Scalone, LCPC.
I am out-of-network with all insurance except Aetna. My rate is $75.
Call 240-428-0465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all questions. Please specify your desire to work with me and include your insurance information. We will respond within 4 hours.