Senior Associate Therapist
Clinical Degree: Virginia Tech, Couple & Family Therapy
Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes
Available: Weekdays; weekday evenings; weekends
Fees: $180/50-minute session, $270/90-minute session; Prepare/Enrich Package: $1200
Clinical Special Interests: Anxiety, Stress Management, Parent/Child Relationships, Infidelity, Child Development, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Human Trafficking, Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse
Contact: [email protected]; 703-951-6409
Whether I am seeing an individual, couple, or family, I firmly believe each and every client is worthy of the time and effort dedicated to their personal growth in therapy. I wanted to become a therapist to help people see their worth and to understand each other better. Growth occurs when clients are willing to learn more about how they relate to themselves, others, and the world around them. Sometimes growth comes with a lot of healing, and many times healing is followed by identification of more areas for growth. I am present as a support for you in this journey, which is unique to each individual.
In my training as a clinician, I have had the honor of working with clients from various diverse backgrounds. What I have learned is that although some family systems may look the same on the outside, no two families are exactly alike when it comes to the patterns and values they develop and pass on through generations. Each family has a unique culture and identity. My intention is to learn how your family members relate to one another and support your family system across the lifespan.
Relationship conflict within a couple can be a huge source of stress. I have had the pleasure of managing a federal grant program dedicated to working with couples on stress management, communication skills, and financial management. Learning to understand the effects of stress on the individual as well as on the relationship can lead to improved partner communication.
Everyone experiences trauma in their life, big and small; but trauma should not preclude living a fully satisfying life. My clinical experience has included working with clients who have experienced different types of trauma. I have a special interest in complex trauma, which I learned a great deal about during my time working at a substance abuse treatment center and conducting research about human trafficking survivors. Trauma that seems insignificant to one client may be life-altering to another; therapy presents an opportunity for clients to see the issues at hand from a different perspective and better understand their own thoughts and reactions.
I practice different models of therapy to fit the needs of my clients. By utilizing varied tools and techniques, I help my clients to address their issues in therapy with new and fresh approaches. I strive to provide a safe environment for my clients in the therapy room, and I value every moment of learning that occurs for both my clients and myself.
My approach to therapy is based on being client-focused, collaborative, empathic, and non-judgmental. I am dedicated to my clients as an advocate in their therapeutic process. As each client shares their perspective with me, my understanding of their world becomes clearer. I listen to what my clients say and offer opportunities to try a different approach or see things from a new perspective. My work has given me hope that growth and healing are possible, even in the moments when we feel we are not ready for change. Those are the moments when we need support.
I enjoy working with clients from all different backgrounds. In addition to English, I am also fluent in Vietnamese. My joys in life are trying new foods, sharing a meal with family and friends, weightlifting, and reading.
If you are ready to begin your journey in therapy, please contact me today!