Accepting new clients who reside in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Cho Mot Mot Lwin
As a person of color, immigrant, and woman I am knowledgeable and passionate about working with culturally diverse clients on various issues related to depression, worry and anxiety, mood changes, roles and expectations within the family or in relation to career, self-worth, anger, guilt, shame, grief, trauma, racial, ethic and cultural identity, and relationships. I guide my clients to help discover the unconscious thoughts and unresolved experiences and feelings behind their beliefs, decisions, desires and behaviors.
During therapy, I blend social justice and clinical frameworks to support clients in self-exploration, affirming identities, confronting the impact of biases and discrimination, resolve how family and other systems affect them psychologically and build or strengthen interpersonal relationships. Growing up in multiple places including Asia (Burma), and moving to the United States as an international student and now an immigrant, I understand the unique issue and challenges of identity exploration for people who are in the process of transitioning.
My approach in counseling is person centered, strength based, and goal oriented. I prioritize establishing trust, emotional/psychological safety and having a collaborative therapeutic relationship. We'll use ACT, DBT, CBT, solution-focused, and person-centered psychotherapy and strategies to increase emotion regulation, assertiveness; stabilize mood; improve relationships; replace cognitive errors for behavior change and; resolve trauma to decrease/eliminate anxiety, depression, PTSD etc. Through my asking thoughtful questions and reflecting previously shared content, my clients engage in purposeful exploration and discover their unvoiced or unnamed feelings, achieve a clearer understanding and a deeper sense of self. As appropriate, I use other approaches, such as mindfulness and relaxation and journaling among others to further facilitate emotional expression and/or catharsis. Overall, I prioritize attending the my clients' whole self and provide a supportive therapy space that is genuine and authentic — where you truly feel cared for and are heard, seen and felt.
I remain open, sensitive and responsive to clients' needs and use culturally appropriate interventions to offer support and direction related to relational trauma; family-of-origin difficulties; self-esteem; parent-child relationship challenges; racial, sexual, ethnic, spiritual identity etc. I'll respond to emails within hours.
I am providing mental health counseling under the clinical supervision of Barbara Adika, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (MD) and Licensed professional Counselor (DC).