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.
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.
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.
French Smith-O'Connor, LGSW
French is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, DC, providing individual, couples, and group therapy to adults, young adults, and is particularly passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ community. She received her Master’s degree from the Columbia School of Social Work and completed her advanced clinical training at the Catholic University Counseling Center. She recently accepted a fellowship in psychodynamic approaches and psychoanalysis at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
She also holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The New School with a specialization in human rights and governance. Prior to training as a therapist, she was privileged to work at the United Nations in New York, and on 6 continents around the world. She is proud to bring those experiences to bear in her work to create a nurturing and affirming therapeutic space where we can celebrate the many complexities that make us human.
As a therapist, French believes in the reparative power of relationships. This includes queer relationships and identities, chosen/blended families, and all the myriad ways we relate to each other and ourselves. She will share her empathy and humanity with you in the therapeutic relationship. You will work together to identify patterns and past experiences that shape how you move through the world. French will build upon your strengths and adaptive abilities to continue shaping the life you want to lead.
As someone with a prior career in LGBTQ+ inclusion, corporate Diversity & Inclusion, and international affairs, she knows what it’s like to be a busy professional with a never-ending to-do list. As your therapist, she appreciates how sacred (and necessary!) it is to take just an hour out of our busy week for self-reflection and healing. It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of that process with you. French is particularly passionate about working with anxiety, trauma, and attachment.
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.
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