Roxanna is a Clinical Psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. She is licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. She has worked with individuals, couples and families using a psychodynamic, interpersonal approach and trauma informed therapist, working with adults and adolescents from diverse multicultural backgrounds.
She has studied and trained at the University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires; Massachusetts Mental Health Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Boston; Massachusetts Institute of Spain, Madrid; The Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York; and the Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington, DC.
Over the last 24 years, she has lived in the Washington, DC area, where she established her private practice. For 11 years, she worked in the Counseling Unit at the World Bank Group and IMF. These opportunities have helped her gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and richness of living in a different culture.
Most recently, she trained at the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Drawing from her training, Roxanna employs an Attachment Theory approach to couples therapy. Her goal is to help couples reconnect with the feelings that brought them together, creating new strong connections, and changing negative patterns that create distress and detachment.
Roxanna loves helping her patients to gain a better understanding of their feelings and inner conflicts, make positive changes and healthy decisions, and reinforce their strength and confidence.
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SANDRA COHEN, MS, LCPC
Sandra is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland and Washington, DC. She has practiced psychotherapy since 1990, and has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families in a wide range of settings.
She received her Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from San Francisco State University. She trained at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto and the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, DC. Most recently, she trained at the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotional Focused Therapy.
Sandra has worked in a variety of settings including The Family Therapy Institute, Montgomery County Social Services, in public schools, and in private practice. She has been in the Washington, DC area for the last 28 years where she established her practice and continues to learn.
Sandra was born in Argentina and came to the United States in 1986. As an immigrant, she appreciates the complex process of adaptation many people go through when they come to this country. She realizes this is a process of learning and growing from the experience of starting a new life in a new culture. As your therapist, Sandra hopes to help you develop and attain goals that are important to you. She believes that by learning to be compassionate and to communicate with each other, we can create the conditions to make change possible.
Ivette Rodriguez-Santana, MSW, LCSW-C
Ivette is an enthusiastic psychotherapist with strong clinical skills and a demonstrated commitment to working with culturally diverse populations. She has worked with people from all backgrounds and age groups including young children, teens, and their families. She also has clinical experience and a special interest in working with adults and youth on the autistic spectrum. Fluent in English and Spanish, Ivette has practiced in various settings, including outpatient mental health and school-based clinics, as well as private group and solo practices.
For the last ten years, Ivette has dedicated herself to studying and training in psychoanalysis. In her view, it is an experience that helps us talk through our difficulties and a means of change. Together with her clients, she works to articulate their concerns, address their challenges, and find solutions that works best for them in order to create the future they want. Children use play and art as ways to express themselves, their problems and desires. Ivette holds a Master Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and is licensed in Maryland and Washington DC. In addition to her MSW degree, she has a MA and a PhD in Sociology from Yale University and has extensive experience working with students in higher academic settings.
Maria Loreto Valdes, LGPC
Maria Loreto received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology at Diego Portales University in Chile. Her postgraduate studies include a training program in psychodynamic therapy for children and adolescents, a certificate program in play therapy, and a certificate program in relational psychoanalysis for children and adolescents.
Maria has spent the vast majority of her career, which spans 20 years, in Chile, where she worked in diverse organizations as well as in her private practice. She lived in the Washington, DC area from 2004 to 2008, where she had the opportunity to work in a school environment and in a community clinic.
She is excited about being back in the Washington, DC area and continuing her practice here. Maria is expanding her horizons by dedicating her time to topics such as adult trauma and relational psychoanalysis.
Maria believes that the more we are aware of ourselves, the easier it will be for us to walk through the path of life in order to achieve our goals. She also believes that keeping a healthy mental life involves developing positive relationships with the people around us, so we feel connected, loved, and safe in the community we share.
Carmen Maldonado, LCMFT
Carmen is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, with over 15 years of experience. She is licensed in California, Maryland and DC.
Carmen received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at the “Universidad Centroamericana, Jose Simeon Canas, UCA,” El Salvador. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Salamanca, Spain. During her time in Spain, she worked in the pediatric oncology department of the Hospital in Salamanca supporting children with terminal illness (Leukemia and lymphomas) and their families.
She provides therapy to individuals, children and adults with various issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, acculturation, relationships and communication issues.
Her clinical style is most heavily influenced by Client Centered approach, Cognitive-Behavioral, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy. She has outstanding skills creating rapport and therapeutic alliance with clients and uses a strength based model.
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