Elizabeth Acheampong, LMSW
I use compassionate and engaging clinically focused conversations and active listening to help my clients--children, teens and adults--gain insight about the cause, purpose and exacerbating factor for cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns and symptoms. I use CBT, assertiveness training, mindfulness, DBT and behavioral approaches to address clients’ patterns of thinking and behavior rather than their external situation, allowing the clients to dictate the specific issues to be addressed; positively reinforcing experiences and reduce avoidant patterns; help clients express their needs and wants clearly. I teach clients how to be fully present and feel safe in each moment; develop healthy ways to manage and respond to stress, regulate their emotions in times of overwhelm or discomfort, and improve their relationships with themselves and others.
My process is collaborative and empowering. As a client, you'll come out of each session viewing the process and treatment goal(s) as something you have decided to address with my help, as opposed to feeling like you have given in to working on what I want you to address. I help clients establish clear behavioral problem statements with achievable and rewarding goals.
My clinical focus includes the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, substance use disorders and more. I work with clients on:
Sibling issues; school issues (Children, teenagers);
Burnout and work stress that results in feeling empty, fatigued and unable to cope with life;
Experiences of emotional neglect, emotional and physical abuse and abandonment in early life and their impact on adults;
Cultural identity; experiences related to being 1st/2nd/3rd generation American (African);
Navigating life transitions such as graduation, career changes, engagement/marriage/separation/divorce and loss/grief/mourning
Recurrent unexpected panic attacks, excessive anxiety or worry for months.
I create an environment and relationship where overtime, clients feels comfortable to reveal their immediate needs and personal reasons for seeking treatment. I am known for my warm, gentle, and intuitive approach that harnesses the natural healing capacity of the mind and body. I have experience working in a variety of settings to help children and adults.
Overall, my clients develop an increased capacity to regulate and ability to access to the entire continuum of their experiences without sensory overload; increased control over fight-flight-freeze responses and; gain an increased sense of safety and ability to return to a state of safety and social connection. This means they are better equipped to manage depression, anxiety, grief, life transition and manage relationships with family, friends, peers and colleagues.
I am licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Workers and received my Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.