I am a licensed independent clinical social worker (LC3000731) with a private practice in Washington, DC. I have been providing psychotherapy in the DC Metro region for the past eight years, having worked in various therapeutic environments for over 15 years. My private practice focuses on work with individuals and couples who are dealing with varying degrees of mental health issues and life challenges.
I strive to create a safe and trusting environment that supports the development of a therapeutic relationship. This vital foundation enhances the therapeutic process and allows for the growth and change that patients seek. With this shared commitment to the process, patients can achieve their goals and experience a greater sense of empowerment in their lives and relationships.
After graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992 with a degree in Psychology, I obtained my Masters in Social Work degree from Howard University in 1999. I began my career as a professionally trained hotline counselor for crisis intervention and suicide prevention in Prince Georges County Maryland. Concurrent with my work at the suicide hotline, I also worked at a residential facility providing individual, group and family counseling to adolescents and their families. It was during my last year as a residential facility counselor that I decided to make a career commitment to work in the field of psychotherapy.
During my graduate training I worked in a variety of social service settings. I provided individual and group psychotherapy at an adult inpatient psychiatric treatment program and at an adult outpatient chemical dependence treatment program. After completing my graduate work, I established and managed a mental health program for an HIV/AIDS social service organization. This therapeutic environment focused on couples, groups and individual African American men and sexual minorities. I have over 15 years of experience providing services to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and have professional training in the area of grief and loss, and death and dying.