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Marlow Heights

Department: 
Psychotherapy Adult PSO1
Office Address: 
5100 Auth Way
Suitland, MD 20746
Phone Numbers: 
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800-777-7904

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I obtained my master’s of social work degree from Howard University in 2001. I am a licensed clinical social worker, and I am licensed to practice in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia areas.

I am passionate about helping others acquire the skills to effectively cope with mental and/or emotional turmoil/pain that can be triggered from a myriad of circumstances: acute and/or past trauma, work discord, relationship problems, medical problems, grief/loss issues, life transitions, and everyday stress. I strive to empower my clients to be resilient. I encourage my clients to search within and outside of themselves for the strength to transcend limitations—learning to use set-backs and life’s challenges as stepping stones for growth.

I want my clients to understand that they can and have the right to have healthy, fulfilling, happy lives and thrive, despite having been diagnosed with a mental disorder.

My goal is to aid the patient in the process of having a better understanding of themselves. I want my clients to learn and have a better understanding of their diagnosis; however, I don’t want my clients to become immobile due to being diagnosed with mental illness/disorder. The way our clients become more resilient is contingent upon their ability to identify, accept, and ultimately adapt to their current circumstances.

In individual psychotherapy, the client and I work together as a team to become more knowledgeable about what brought them to seek psychotherapy treatment and ways to accept where they are at this time, and move towards confronting, whether real and/or imagined fears and coming out feeling stronger and having acquired tools/skills to successfully manage their symptoms. I love being a psychotherapist/social worker because it is a role where I, continue to learn and gain insight, as well.  I have the opportunity to assist our clients with identifying and modifying their cognitions, behaviors and/or emotions. I feel, as a Kaiser Permanente psychotherapist, a way of serving my clients and others is to educate and advocate to reduce the stigma and shame of mental illness. Mental illness is as real as any other physical illness and symptoms of mental illness can be debilitating. I want to emphasize that seeking help is a strength, it is not a weakness to seek help, seeking help is a step towards self-compassion and self-acceptance.

I draw from a vast source of therapeutic methodologies that entail, but, are not limited to the following: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Bereavement Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Brief Therapy, and Expressive Therapy.

Awards & Recognition

  • Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification
  • Intimate Partner Violence Training Certification

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