Timothy Q. Elliott, MSW

Clinical Director, Psychotherapist

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DC LICSW: LC50079203

MD LCSW-C: 15395

VA LCSW: 09040008329

As a therapist, I believe our lives are made up of relationships - relationship with others, with the world around us, and with ourselves. When we feel "out of whack," this is one sign that at least one of these relationships needs our attention. Therapy is an excellent avenue to examine connections in our life and build on this awareness. I believe in providing a safe and supportive space for you to explore your own life and circumstances, various pieces that make up you.
 

I partner with you through the journey of therapy and allow you to set the intention for sessions and overall goals you would like to achieve. In my practice, I value authentic connection between you and I, and utilize a combination of direct communication and reflection as we work together. Most importantly, I want you to feel safe and affirmed during all sessions.

 

My practice is rooted in a client-centered approach. While I use cognitive behavioral, motivational, and mindfulness-based techniques – each session is tailored to meet you right where you are that day. I have significant experience working with adolescents, young adults, and families as they navigate through various stages of development. I have a special interest in sexuality and gender identity development and support individuals and families through the journey of self discovery. I believe in providing a space for individuals to explore their own identities in a way that is safe, affirming, and respectful.

 

I completed my bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and my Master of Social Work from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. I also have completed advanced training in Co-Occuring Disorders, Trauma Treatment, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Sarah Lawson, MSW

Contract Psychotherapist

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DC LICSW: LC50082649

MD LCSW-C: 26880

VA LCSW: 0904013514

I believe that the therapeutic space should be a place to center your feelings and story. For young people in particular, it can be so powerful to know that stories matter, that there is space for big feelings, and that agency over emotions is possible. In this space, we will work together to build a trusting relationship, grow, and heal.

 

I identify as queer and primarily work with youth and adolescents in the LGBTQ community and individuals impacted by trauma. I center my therapeutic work in trauma-informed approaches and building a space of safety within the four walls (or the video session!) of therapy.

 

I come to the work of therapy after being a writer, teacher, and performer for over a decade and seeing the profound impact made when young people are able to use creativity to work through their conception of their world and emotions. I  encourage the use of expressive modalities in therapy, such as writing and art. I also work with a body-centered approach to help folks better understand mind-body connection in order to deepen our understanding of self.

I completed my bachelors degree in Journalism from Indiana University - Bloomington and my Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. I also have completed advanced training in Trauma Treatment and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

I am here to support young people and families at every stage of their process. I use an authentic, non-judgmental, and transparent approach centered on you and your journey. I look forward to connecting soon.