Have you ever heard the phrase "we solve our own problems". Or that it is a weakness to express your emotions. Are you from a culture where it is not okay to see a therapist? Are you overwhelmed with thoughts? If you could just talk to someone about it...Well you are in the right place. Here you will find a warm and safe place to express these feelings or emotions, manage stress, reduce anxiety, cope with depression or grief, understand anger, and deal with life's transitions without violating your family or cultural principles.
I provide psychological evaluations and psychotherapy. The psychological evaluations are in two specialized areas: immigration cases and psychoeducational. The psychotherapy takes the form of individual, couples, family or group sessions. I have over 15 years of experience working closely with immigrants who require evaluation of their functioning or the functioning of their family members, for the purposes of an immigration petition. These evaluations include filing for asylum, extreme hardship impacting families of immigrants, domestic abuse petitions and waiver of citizenship exam.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, BCD, ATR, PhD
I have been in private practice for 42 years. I am a Board Certified Diplomate Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have two years of post graduate training in Family and Couples Therapy and six years of study in Sex Therapy. I completed a five month Intensive Trauma Certification Program. I try to create a safe non judgmental environment so that you can talk about your concerns. Psychotherapy allows you time to think about your life, where you are, and where you would like to be. I am a interactive and relational psychotherapist. I see young adults and adults for individual and couples psychotherapy.
Individuals, families and couples realize, at some time, they need assistance to effectively deal with overwhelming life events, strained relationships, loss, anger, and life transitions. For over 20 years I have successfully helped people break self-defeating, unfulfilling patterns of relating and behaving so they can experience more joy, happiness and success in their personal and professional lives. I use a blend of psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and family systems therapy. My clients find me to be a very direct, open and engaging therapist, who provides safe space for even the most difficult issues and conflicts to be addressed and resolved.
I believe that each person possesses an innate ability to heal. I consider it a privilege to work with my clients while they face transforming challenges. In my work, I customize my approach to each person, emphasizing individual strengths. My practice is holistic and I bring knowledge of alternative therapies, philosophical and spiritual approaches. With an emphasis on wellness and stress reduction, a client can achieve calm in order to focus on the problems at hand. I specialize in trauma, abuse and relationship issues, utilizing a blend of treatment approaches. I am trained in EMDR, mindfulness meditation and visualization techniques.
My goal as a Christian therapist is to walk with individuals and families as they look for peace within themselves, between each other, and with God. I have seen God's desire for people to find inner peace, and at times healing, in difficult life situations. Many find that taking time to talk with a therapist and pray through their life's wounds, major or minor, can be the most healing thing they can do for themselves and those near them.
Perhaps kindness, attentive listening, and collaboration are the most important elements I can bring to you in my comfortable therapy room. My goal as a therapist is to provide you with a respectful environment where you can talk through what is causing you difficulties in your life. We will work hard together to reduce the burden of the problem or problems that are bothering you, so that you will feel more free to live a happier life that is better connected to your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, DDS, MPH, MS, LCPC, NCC
Living a life of peace, free from chaos and dis-ease is what most people strive for. But often we are confronted with anxiety, depression, mood shifts, trauma, stress, anger, grief, isolation, etc. My goal is to help you to restore health and well-being. There are some circumstances of the past that cannot be changed but improving your understanding of past events will help as we work together to create a better present (the here and now), that will lead to a better future.
I provide services to clients in Oregon and Maryland, as I am currently licensed in both states. Do you feel trapped by circumstances beyond your control? Are you unable to escape negative thoughts? Have you forgotten why you made the decisions that led you to this moment? Talk therapy can offer a way forward. Therapy can be a safe space to catch your breath, to talk out ideas that feel strange or risky, and to devise a new strategy for reconnecting with your best self.
I believe in the human spirit and the potential in humans to learn, grow and change to better our lives and the lives around us. My ideal client is someone who finds themselves in patterns they want to become free from in order to be whether they are patterns that are deeply personal, relational, or familial. There may be issues of the past that include trauma, loss, adoption, family issues; it could be more recent issues around those same things or also gender identity, sexuality, race, being LGBTQ and wanting to create a family. You may be at a turning point in your life and want to find your own voice and knowing.
Not taking new Clients at this time: Asare Counseling Services is a counseling practice based in Silver Spring, Maryland. We focus on providing confidential individual counseling, consultation and trainings in many areas of need, including domestic abuse, substance use, relationship dynamics, divorce/separation, and co-parenting. We offer services that are holistic, practical, and meet the unique needs of culturally diverse communities.
My clients would likely say I am open-minded, down-to-earth, and empathetic. 20 years of experience have taught me that respectful understanding is key in working with clients who seek to understand their circumstances, proactively engage in their lives, and feel better. My main area of work has been supporting adolescents and adults with emotional difficulties, traumatic events, decision making, and coping skills for life transitions (school, career, "adulting”). I work in tandem with clients as they identify their challenges, needs, and goals. My approach, while kind and interactive, encourages self-reliance.
I help people in the midst or aftermath of life’s upheavals, when the ways they coped with stress are no longer sufficient. People I help are seeking support with: Difficult feelings and situations such as relationship strain, divorce, retirement, empty nest, illness, death and loss. Learning or practicing new skills or strategies to get through a challenging time. Conflict and self-criticism. Anxiety, depression and trauma. Inner conflict related to sexual orientation or gender identity, or that of a loved one. A roller coaster of emotions, such as anger, rage, and blame. Developing healthier ways of coping.
When something in your past has an effect on your perceptions of your present situations and creates stress in your life you can benefit by talking about and working through your experiences which leads to understanding your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. You can begin to recognize, appreciate and use your strengths to work through those thoughts that bring hurt, pain or stress to you. When you recognize your strengths, you can learn how to use them to make the changes you desire in yourself so your life becomes more satisfying and fulfilling.
Individuals can get stuck and couples often bicker over seemingly small stuff. The easy solutions don't work. Why? In many cases, those petty problems are tethered to larger meanings for the individuals. The real solutions need to address these deeper issues.
I provide a place where individuals and couples can safely explore and clarify -- what's really going on here? With both individuals and couples, I encourage people to look inward -- how am I contributing to this impasse? How is this related to my history? And importantly, what can we do about it now?
Sex, desires, attraction can sometimes be complicated and confusing. I'm here to help you move to a place of finding those topics exciting, fun, fulfilling! We get so many limiting and restrictive messages about sex and relationships that can cause shame or frustration. Let's unpack some of those messages to learn how you might experience more acceptance and joy in your sexuality and sexual or romantic relationships. Whether you're a single person, couple, or polycule there's so much we can work on together to improve things! You can be yourself and have the relationships and encounters you long for.
In my 20 years of clinical, academic, and advocacy experience, I have worked with clients who present with a wide range of issues. I specialize in recovery from trauma (particularly childhood abuse/neglect, sexual assault and domestic violence), successful movement through life transitions (young adulthood, career, parenthood, mid-life and loss), and repair of interpersonal relationships (including a specialty in couples therapy). I have advanced training in both trauma treatment and couples therapy, which uniquely positions me to treat couples where one or both partners have a trauma history.
The best clients are ones who are motivated to change. I enjoy working with clients who are willing to look at themselves and explore how best to create the changes they desire. I work with their strengths to overcome any hurdles on their way to a better quality of life. Everyone faces challenges. I help clients realize that how you face those challenges can make all the difference. I work with teenagers, adults, and seniors.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
You know something needs to change. You're tired of the way you've been feeling. Maybe you're struggling to identify what would help, or you already know what to do, but can't seem to find the motivation to follow through. Maybe you can imagine just what you want for yourself, but you get stuck when it comes to making changes you can stick with, leaving you frustrated, embarrassed, or disheartened. I'm here to help you identify what's working in your life and enhance it, and to find what isn’t working so you can determine, with clarity and kindness, what you want to change and how to develop the life you really want.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, NCC
Are you looking for a compassionate person to meet you where you are in life without judgement or labeling? Let's connect! I have a genuine concern for the welfare of others and with a kind heart and open mind, I strive to make therapy a comfortable place where you can explore the deepest insights about yourself, which can lead to growth and empowerment. Whether you are suffering from a traumatic experience, emotional or physical abuse, generational trauma, racial trauma, stress in the workplace, discord in a relationship, struggling with depression or anxiety, or having difficulty with life transitions, I'm here to help.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Wheaton 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 Wheaton 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.
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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 Wheaton 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.
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