I believe that clients first need to experience a sense of trust and security before sharing can evolve into the dynamic process which enables the best opportunity for a positive change. Working with me in a therapeutic process feels like a peaceful dialogue with someone who is empathic, understanding, and nonjudgmental. I delicately approach clients’ suffering while striving to understand the language of suffering they use to express their psychological pain.
I have provided psychological services to trauma survivors and clients with other psychological issues in a variety of settings. These include neuropsychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community settings. Throughout my professional career I have worked with school age children, adolescents, young adults with their families, and women. I have treated people who have been exposed to severe trauma, unsolved grief, anxiety, low self-esteem as well as those infected and affected by a chronical illness, particularly those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. I also have a wide range of experience in treating couples, families, and groups of people struggling with diverse dysfunctions in family dynamics, as well as in providing crisis intervention. I am talented in designing processes for conflict transformation through dialogue, deliberation, and decision making.
I earned my Doctorate in Psychological Sciences from Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) in January 2016. Both my master’s and bachelor’s degree are in Clinical Psychology earned respectively in 2009 and in 2005. I have over ten years of extensive experience working with trauma survivors from various backgrounds and cultures from Africa, Europe, and North America. I am a pre-licensure clinical psychologist and Registered Psychology Associate in Maryland. I am practicing under the supervision of Dr. Elsie Gordon, Licensed Psychologist.
My approach is an integrative blending of the theoretical framework of family system, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and human values. Every session will be different, enlightening, empowering, stimulating, and life-affirming. In each session I provide ideas and practice for clients to do in between sessions, as this is where much of the change happens.
I am a people person, married, and have a particular passion for the wellbeing of the younger generation and their families. One of the most transformative experiences of my life has been working with vulnerable women and/or chatting with them in ordinary conversations about our daily lives. Their courage, their wisdom and above all their determination for the protection of their children as well as their whole families have kept me ever humble and constantly stimulates me to draw upon their experiences to assist my clients build the pillars of their resilience.
Thank you for trusting me. You are very welcome to contact me to initiate a healing, preventive, and caring process together.
Phone: 240 686 6885