My goal as a therapist is to help you find the best ways to navigate your needs in a safe space. I will help you to engage in and to incorporate self-care into your day to day life. Have you recently felt like your life was changed forever? Have you experienced a loss of a job or a loved one or are currently in crisis? Are you feeling lost or anxious?
Every client I work with is multifaceted and has many identities. I adapt my approach to meet people where they are, and honor the differences between us. People often come to therapy looking for change. I aim to provide a supportive space where change can safely occur. I have training in Somatic Experiencing, and believe that supporting the mind-body connection can be a fundamental part of a full healing and growth process. I believe every person has an innate capacity to heal, adapt, and thrive, once genuine support and safety are in place. Whether you reach out to me or another therapist, I hope you find what you need.
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or stress? Just about everyone experiences difficult times in their lives. Sometimes these are temporary, such as during or after a life transition, and sometimes these are more chronic where we become stuck. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work or school concerns, or something else, I imagine you are seeking help because you are not feeling the way you wish to feel. I also imagine that you have hope that it can get better. I utilize evidence-based therapies (such as CBT) with my clients to help them make positive changes.
Welcome to my practice! Thank you for considering me on your journey. I founded Seasons of Strength to provide compassionate, effective, evidence-based psychotherapy for adults, couples, and families from Washington DC. As an independent private practice clinician, I offer an individually tailored therapy experience designed to help you or your loved one reach your goals and achieve wellness. No matter how bad things might seem, no matter what challenges you are facing, I believe there is hope.
Dr. Allison M. Bondanza is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist with extensive training in a range of emotional and behavioral health concerns. She specializes in providing evidenced-based treatment to an adult population for concerns such as anxiety, depression, work related stress, and relationship issues. Dr. Bondanza takes a compassionate and personalized approach to meet each client unique needs while creating a safe and trusting environment. She appreciates the vulnerable yet transformational relationship that can occur in counseling and believes that all individuals can positively benefit from self-exploration.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Many of us have had experiences, big and small, that have impacted us in powerful and unexpected ways and, for so many reasons, we haven’t had the time or space to heal from them. Often symptoms of anxiety and depression develop from our attempts to adapt to life experiences, especially those that happen early in our lives. I believe that when we develop insight into our symptoms, we are then able to change them and find new ways of getting our needs met. This is where therapy can help.
I get it... you are holding everything and everybody together. You are the super friend that everyone calls when their life is falling apart. They love you because you are at the top of your game and on most days, you have it ALL together. On the other hand...there are those days when you are falling apart and you don't have anyone strong enough to support you as you piece yourself back together. You try to reach out and talk to your friends but their best advice is, "I know you will figure it out." You need somebody to listen, support and encourage you too. Every Strong Friend needs a Strong Therapist!
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Are you ready to increase your self-awareness from a relational-cultural framework in addition to implementing tailored coping strategies in your everyday life outside of sessions? If you're new to therapy, you are also encouraged to try short-term care and can expect a welcoming and compassionate environment. Individual tele-therapy services are available during evenings and weekends for individuals 16 years and older who are located in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.
Are you feeling down, unmotivated, watching too much tv? Is the pandemic kicking your butt, and you don't know why? Are you wondering if you're ever going to have fun again? Many of us feel isolated and disconnected. Days feel boring and hard with not enough joy. Try as we might, we still feel stuck. Guess what, there's good news! You are not alone! Got it? I'll say it again for emphasis. You. Are. Not. Alone. We are collectively going through a world-wide unprecedented hard time where every day feels like Groundhog Day. We are all struggling, present company included. You are not the only one, and you don't have to do it alone.
**Currently at capacity. Check back here for updates.** Rarely do we live life through a linear narrative. The highs and lows that we endure are all a part of the human experience. But for survivors of abuse, the low moments may be felt more often than not. Abuse-related trauma can have lasting effects on one’s mental wellbeing and hinder the ability to cope with stress, form positive relationships, and face challenges that lie ahead. Additionally, survivors may feel a sense of hopelessness when it comes to healing from the aftermath of trauma.
We all carry around a metaphorical bag of stuff with us. That bag is filled with our thoughts, feelings, experiences; everything that makes us who we are. In therapy, we unpack your bag together. We explore each item, get curious about it. How did that item get in the bag? What is the impact of carrying it around with you? Together, we make meaning of your items. Some items you will decide are essential. Others are weighing you down, and preventing you from being your authentic self. I help you decide what you want to do with those items and then figure out how to do it.
I believe that our life and cultural experiences, especially our earliest ones, are fundamental in shaping the way we view ourselves and others. It is essential to understand my patient's cultural identity (i.e., race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, class) and how it has shaped their development. Often negative life experiences can create problematic ways of coping and a skewed perception of who we are in the world. This can lead to a variety of issues related to anxiety, depression, shame, rejection, stress, relationship issues, identity development, grief/loss, and sexual intimacy.
You have taken a positive step to get support on your life's journey! I can work with you on issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual/emotional/physical abuse, divorce, relationship issues, depression, etc. I am also experienced with GLBT issues, working with immigrants who are adapting to a new country, and in helping our returning veterans.
I will help you learn to observe yourself and your patterns of thought and behavior. Once you have gained insight into yourself, you have the power to choose your next step and influence the life you want for yourself.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW , LCSW-C, LCSW
Greetings! My name is Susannah. I am a licensed clinical social worker. I work through a trauma-informed, strengths-based framework, utilizing techniques of CBT, ACT and Mindfulness to support healthy coping with life’s challenges and stressors. My passion is helping teens and young adults navigate life transitions, which can include experiences of grief and loss, trauma, depression and anxiety. My goal is to provide an empathic presence to support clients through times of challenge as well as possibility, with an emphasis on skill building so that clients build the capacity to cope effectively and meet their own goals.
I help clients with anxiety, depression, life transitions and career issues. I enjoy helping clients live more joyful lives that better align with their goals and desires. I appreciate how COVID-19 has affected each of us personally and professionally. My sessions are solution-focused, and I strive to help my clients in a results-oriented manner. I am both a mental health counselor and a certified life coach. We will explore the issues that might be preventing you from living your life to the fullest and together develop effective tools to help.
Maybe you overachieve as a way to soothe your inner child wounds. You’ve come so far from the discontent in your family of origin, but inside, you still struggle with high-functioning anxiety, high-functioning depression, feeling broken, feeling emotionally numb, self-doubt, or maybe even past traumas. Perhaps you’ve been living with complex PTSD, and you don’t even know it. You want to move from internally surviving to thriving and you’re tired of being an insecure overachiever. There is so much more to everyone, you included, if you are willing to do the work and look within.
I am seeing common themes of boredom, feeling unsafe, issues with new or old relationships, and uncertainty about the future. Are you re-thinking your life goals, or trying to balance your life? Or perhaps you are in a transition period and trying to move from simply surviving to flourishing.
Dr. Livia Freier is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in anxiety and depression, as well as ADHD, adjustment difficulties, eating disorders, and couples/marriage conflicts. Additionally, Dr. Freier works with clients who would like to gain a strong sense of self and build self-confidence both long-term and situational. Her practice is open to individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Freier also focuses on working with college students and their families. Her neuroscience research is affiliated with Brown University and her practice is located within close walking distance of the Brown University campus and RISD.
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Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, MSW
Sometimes life can present with challenging situations that can cause you to stop growing. These disruptions can sometimes cause you to become stagnant or make you feel like continuing is impossible. These situations can be caused by internal or external triggers. Resulting in conflict with family, relationships, career or your peace of mind. It could impact how you feel about yourself, the world, communicate with your partner or cope with life. Regardless of the issue, we would be glad to speak with you. Together we will identify and create the best patterns and coping methods that help you fully blossom into you best self.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Shaw, Washington are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Shaw, Washington then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Shaw, Washington, or Child Psychologists in Shaw, Washington.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Shaw, Washington psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Shaw, Washington specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.