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Hi! I'm Shealyn!

Pronouns: She/Her

“A good life is a process- not a state of being” Carl Rogers. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process between the client and the therapist who work together towards realistic, measurable, and attainable goals. The first step to making lasting change is awareness, if you’re here, you’ve already taken that first step.

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More about Shealyn

A behaviorist by nature my approach includes trauma informed care with sessions structured around providing goal directed, solution focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I have worked in a variety of settings across diverse age ranges and cultural backgrounds including the federal government, group homes, group therapy, play therapy, and intensive-in home support. My work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center focused on caregiving and the dynamics of traumatic brain injury on service members and their families. This experience led me to pursue my clinical social work degree.

 

I’m a firm believer that our mind body connection is the building blocks of both our physical and mental health. In my free time I find myself fostering that connection by spending time with my husband, children and dogs, traveling, reading, working out or engaging in photography. I love college basketball, live music, a good cup of cold brew coffee and a solid porch swing. As a native of Northern Virginia and the spouse of a US Marine Corps Veteran, I am dedicated to the continued support of military families and my local community.

I love being a therapist because:

Social and community service is a core part of who I am. Living my life by example, helping others, and being involved in the community in which we live fills my cup.

Specialties and Services

  • Individual Therapy for clients 15 and up.

    • Anxiety ​

    • Depression

    • Grief

    • PTSD/Trauma

    • Life Transitions

    • Traumatic Brain Injury

    • Chronic Illness

  • Parental Support and Education

    • ADHD​

    • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Working with Neurologically Diverse clients 

  • LGBTQIA+ Clients

Treatment Style and Methods

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

  • Behavioral Activation

  • Attachment Therapy/Boundary Recognition

Current Adventures:

  • Supervisee in Social Work, working towards independent License.

  • Volunteer Support Member of Local Fire Department
  • 4-H Co-leader
  • Local Photographer
  • Currently Training pup to be a Therapy dog!

Education and Credentials

Education

  • AUGUST 2019

    • ​Master of Social Work, Trauma Certificate- Widener University​​

  • JANUARY 2011

    • ​Master of Arts, Psychology/Neuroscience- George Mason University

  • MAY 2005

    • ​Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Cognitive Science- Villanova University

Credentials

  • Certified Trauma professional

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CF-CBT)

  • Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

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