My clinical experience includes over 10 years of work with individuals, families, and couples in both community-based and private practice settings in the Washington, DC area.
I'm a trained facilitator for PREPARE/ENRICH, a specially designed program for premarital and marital counseling and relationship enrichment.
I absolutely love being a relationship therapist! And when you're in my care, I consider it a great privilege to help you along your life's journey.
My approach is based on the idea that relationship patterns have a great impact on each of us as individuals. Therefore, our social networks must always be considered as a part of the treatment process whether you're in individual, couples, or family therapy.
If you are my client, I look closely at you within the context of your environment (i.e. family, community, society) to help give you the best treatment possible.
My clinical approach is always tailored to my client's specific needs and I encourage everyone to play an active role in their treatment and give feedback.
I use several clinical models including: Bowen Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
I believe that psychotherapy can be a powerful vehicle for achieving your personal and relationship goals. New insight is just as important as new skills in helping you reach your personal and relationship goals.
Furthermore, I believe that all clients come to therapy with numerous strengths, not just challenges.
It is my belief that change can only occur when you take a proactive stance in both your thoughts and behaviors. A major part of this stance requires recognizing and accepting individual responsibility in your life and I'm here to support and push you to do so.
As many of my clients can attest to, I work hard to provide safety, validation, and respect throughout the treatment process.
I'm licensed in the state of Virginia under license #0717001389. License verification for VA may be found here: Virginia Board of Counseling
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La Taillade, J.J., Hampton, R.L., Pope, M., & McDowell, A.R. (2010). Intimate partner violence. In R.L. Hampton, T.P. Gullotta, & R.L. Crowel (Eds.), Handbook of African American Health. New York, NY: Guilford Publications, Inc. -> Link on Amazon
Roy, K.M., Buckmiller, N., & McDowell, A. (2008). Together but not “together:” Trajectories of relationship suspension for low-income unmarried parents. Family Relations, 57, 198-210. -> Link on Wiley
Dezfulian, T., Alexander, R., Cunningham, J., Evans, L., Galloway, S., Hoskins, L., McDowell, A., Resnick, E., Southard, A., Treimel, M., Epstein, N., LaTaillade, J. J., & Werlinich, C. (2006, Spring/Summer). Research and clinical practice in marriage and family therapy programs: A closer look at the University of Maryland. Couples Research and Therapy Newsletter, 12(1), 12-14. -> Link on ABCT
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I'm the creator of freshpractice.design, a blog devoted to interior design and decor for therapy offices. This blog was launched in January 2017 and features therapists from all over the U.S.!