Hi, I'm Paula.
I am a psychotherapist in private practice, (a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker).
I have been working for years with those who suffer from disordered eating, food obsession, internalized weight stigma and body hatred.
I also work with clients who suffer more broadly from depression and anxiety, relationship strife, self doubt and the despair that results from living in a society that worships money, productivity, restriction, and the intellect.
I work mainly with adults, members of the LGTBQIA+ community, couples, and anyone hoping to release that which does no longer resonates with them.
I am an Internal Family Systems-informed therapist.
I am also a trained psychic healer and a Reiki practitioner.
My style integrates principles and practices of spiritual psychotherapy, holistic healing, mindfulness, relational therapy, and interpersonal work.
I also include concepts and teachings from my many years of studying Yoga, Eastern philosophy, spirituality in all its expressions,
and trainings in Reiki, energy work and psychic healing.
I am licensed to practice clinical social work in California, Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
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 Association of Social Work Boards.
I am an Internal Family Systems informed practitioner.
I am proud to call myself a body justice activist and teach courses for professionals and at George Washington University about the myths of the U.S.'s measures of health, our culture's thin idealism, and society's relentless oppression of large bodies.
After being a yoga teacher and eating disorders recovery advocate 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 & 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 trainings in Internal Family Systems and Psychic Healing.
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
LICSW, Washington DC
Adults & Older Adolescents
Food, Eating, & Body Struggles
Depression & Anxiety
I am providing both virtual & in-person sessions.
2201 Wisconsin Ave. 2nd Flr