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ABOUT

Hi, I'm Paula. 

I am a psychotherapist in private practice, (a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). 

For over a decade, I have helped clients who suffer from depression and anxiety, relationship strife, self doubt and the despair that results from living in a society that worships perfection, productivity, rigidity and restriction.

My passion is working with those who suffer from years of dieting, disordered eating, food obsession, internalized weight stigma and body hatred.

 

ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME

I am licensed to practice clinical social work in California, Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.

I am a playful, creative, permission-based, relational therapist.

I draw from liberation, somatic, and expressive arts, as well as transpersonal, queer and eco-psychologies. I work mainly with young people, adults, members of the LGTBQIA+ community, couples, and anyone hoping to gain freedom from that which no longer resonates with them.

I treat clients with a Body Justice-focused, weight neutral, anti-diet approach. 

I am a member of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the National Association of Social Workers and the California Society for Clinical Social Work.

I am a professor of Weight & Society at George Washington University, a body justice course that explores the myths of current measures of health, our culture's thin idealism, and society's relentless oppression of large bodies.

EDUCATION
  • San Francisco State University, Bachelors in Psychology

  • Hunter College School of Social Work, Masters in Social Work 

  • Registered Yoga Teacher, 2003

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, 2011

LICENSES

  • LCSW, California

  • LICSW, Washington DC

  • LCSW, Virginia 

  • LMSW, Maryland 

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EXPERIENCE
SPECIALTIES

After teaching yoga full time in DC for over a decade, I completed a Master's Degree in Social Work in New York City.

I then moved back to Washington DC where I worked as an addictions counselor in an Outpatient Substance Abuse clinic, continuing to teach group and private yoga sessions all over the DC area, and providing workshops on Yoga & Healing Body Hate. I received my license to practice privately in 2013. 

Since then, I've completed extensive trainings in Internal Family Systems and Psychic Healing.

  • Food, Eating, & Body Hatred 

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Relationship Issues

  • Spiritual/Energy healing

  • Trauma

Links for more about me & how I work:

 

CONTACT

CONTACT ME

I am currently providing only virtual sessions.

PHONE

202.215.8356

E-MAIL

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