I am a licensed clinical social worker. I have a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland and a BA from The American University. I interned with very skilled psychotherapists during my graduate program and then participated in clinical supervision intensive with a group of experienced trauma therapists for two years post-graduate school in Washington DC, & Baltimore, Md. I have worked for over 15 years helping individuals, couples, groups and families reach their goals and heal from many of life's difficulties.
My passion is bringing to light the hidden elements that are impairing progress and harmony and sorting out together strategies and coping skills that will create the life my client desires. It is with respect and gratitude that I do this work, and when I can help someone find their true self, often hidden under past harms or faulty belief patterns, I feel very fulfilled.
Choosing a therapist - considering me...
Folks come to therapy for different reasons and with different levels of need.
Anxiety, depressive symptoms, trouble in relationships, experiences of abuse, dysfunctional family of origin issues, couples counseling, or worries about change and adjustment – these are some of the challenges that can be helped with therapy.
It can be hard for some people to ask for help. Many of us absorb messages from our environment that we need to go it alone when trouble or concerns arise. But we are all connected, and the truth is that everyone needs and deserves support. As an experienced clinician, I take my role in your healing or growth process seriously. I will work with you to identify roadblocks to change, increase awareness, and create a safe environment to explore a new path.
I have an eclectic approach to therapy and take each client’s unique personality and needs into consideration when developing an approach to our work. Because therapy requires a therapeutic relationship, choosing a therapist is an important decision and so I encourage you to speak with me first by phone and then meet with me for a first session to determine if we are a good fit.
My work with women and girls...
I have a deep enthusiasm for working to strengthen the psyches and abilities of girls and women.
While I work with many ages and stages, I specialize in the stresses and issues that accompany the lives of girls and women.
In my work with young women, including teens, I bring extensive experience around assertiveness skill building, dating issues, personal safety, boundary setting and confidence building, including adjustment to college and growing independence. For over 20 years I have been working with large and small groups of college age, teen, middle school and older women to address concerns and build awareness of boundaries. I developed and taught a class at the American University in the women and gender studies department which included a component of physical self defense.
Treatment focus and modalities
Among the theories & approaches to practice that I commonly utilize are: cognitive behavioral, attachment based, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy, mindfulness, & psychodynamic (insight oriented).
I see individuals, couples - and work in groups.
Some presenting concerns and issues I treat:
self esteem and confidence
assertiveness and boundaries
family of origin dysfunctions
sexuality and intimacy
postpartum anxiety and depression
divorce and break-ups
parenting struggles & parenting coaching
other life changes, like adjusting to college or retirement
Kris Gooding, LCSW ...at Find-Within Counseling: Couples Counseling & Individual Therapy