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 and interpersonal approach, 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 to 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 23 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 individuals including adults and 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.
Claire Connolly, LICSW
Claire is a board-certified psychotherapist providing therapy to individuals. She creates a warm, safe, and supportive environment to work with her clients to heal relational wounds and other forms of trauma. She supports clients in their process to gain deeper self-understanding and to foster personal growth through self-compassion. She strongly prioritizes creating a nonjudgmental environment in which to explore new ways of understanding old patterns of behavior. In addition to her private practice, Claire provides clinical services at Georgetown University Hospital. She received her graduate degree from New York University and completed post graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Her clinical interests and specializations include anxiety disorders, depression, guilt, shame, trauma, relationship challenges, substance use, disordered eating, adult children of alcoholics, codependency, and somatic experience practices.
ROUA HIJAZI, MA, LPC, NCC
Roua is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Washington, DC, and is a certified counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the George Washington University (GWU), and has trained at the GWU Community Counseling Services Center. Over the past 4 years, she has been working as a counselor at the Health Services Department of the World Bank Group in Washington DC, has provided counseling services to other international organizations including the International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Roua works in several modalities and settings, offering psychotherapy in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic to individuals, couples and families from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Roua finds that her experience in a multicultural setting informs and facilitates her work with diverse populations. Roua has experience helping individuals and couples cope with the challenges of transition and adaptation, acculturation, stress management, depression, anxiety, parenting concerns, and relationship conflict. Roua also has specialized training and experience in helping clients dealing with trauma and domestic abuse.
Roua strongly believes that providing a supportive and safe space for her clients to explore emotions, deal with challenges, and connect with their strengths, will help them make the desired changes.
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.
Carmen Maldonado, LCMFT
Carla is a Graduate in Psychology. She is from Ecuador and came to the U.S in 2016. She is a former student of CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology.
Carla has a passion for helping others and encourages everyone to learn about mental health care.
CAROLINE MCKENNA, LICSW
Caroline is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) providing individual, couple and family therapy. She supports clients through stressors that arise, and assists them in tapping into self-discovery and internal resources to navigate through challenging times. Caroline creates a safe and supportive environment to work with her clients to heal relational wounds, foster understanding, create closeness, and support each other through change and growth.
She is a spouse of a US diplomat, and her family has had several overseas posts. Amid the trials and joys of living abroad, she understands the struggles and relational strains that arise when adjusting to a new setting for individuals, couples and families. Caroline also worked in the field of foster care and adoption and has experience addressing the unique needs of adoptive families.
Caroline received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She completed a post graduate training in family and couple therapy with the Ackerman Institute. She is currently undergoing training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety and depression, and pursuing certification as an Emotionally Focused Therapist for couples and families with the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
VERONICA DOS SANTOS, LGSW
Veronica is a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC) providing individual and family therapy in Washington, DC. She creates a welcoming and safe environment that facilitates exploration of the story of your life as you work through difficult emotions such as anxiety, shame and fear that may come with the decision to evolve and heal. She has experience working with individuals including adults and adolescents, children, and families in a wide range of settings such as schools, hospitals, university centers and residential treatment programs. She received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a specialist degree in Educationfrom University of Florida. She trained in the University of Florida SHANDS Hospitalworking with individuals struggling with trauma, identity issues, depression, anxiety, and intrapersonal conflict. She also trained at a leading eating disorder treatment center – Oak House at the Refuge in Ocala, FL where she ran therapy groups and individual sessions to help residents overcome their eating disorder. In 2021, Veronica moved to the Washington, D.C. area where she currently works at the District of Columbia Public Schools. In the schools, she works with children and their families,and continues to advocate for underserved populations. Veronica was born in Venezuela and came to the United States in 2009.She approaches the therapeutic relationship from a multicultural lens and offers psychotherapy in English and Spanish to diverse populations such as immigrants, LGBTQ+ individuals and trauma survivors. Veronica strongly believes that by creating a non-shaming, judgement-free environment you can work through some of the backstory and move through it in a way that allows you to create the life you really want.
GALIT RUTSTEIN, LMSW, LGSW
Galit holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and got her certification as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has practiced therapy in various settings, including psychiatric hospitals, day treatment programs and private practices. She has worked with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life adjustments and grief. Galit integrates a holistic approach, viewing each individual as whole, with multiple modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and the Strength Based Approach to support and guide her clients in achieving their health goals. Galit creates safe space where her clients feel seen and heard, which she believes is paramount to the client-therapist relationship. She's currently licensed in MD and DC and works with adult women, including the elderly.
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