Lilian Onwulata, LMSW

I provide evidence-based, solution-focused and person-centered psychotherapies and strategies to facilitate behavior change, effective cognitive processing and emotion regulation. 

I  have expertise in assessing, diagnosing and treating clients for mental and behavioral health, substance use, co-occurring, mood disorders, pre-crisis functioning and personality disorders. My clinical practice is rooted in a Trauma-Informed Care (practices that promote a culture of safety, empowerment, and healing) and Human Rights Perspective. Many clients encounter multiple forms of harassment, bullying, restriction of freedoms, verbal abuse, threats of violence and life-threatening events that affect their mental health and functioning. 


I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who are looking for effective ways to manage burnout, low self-worth/shame, depression, life transitions, trauma, and anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder). 


I provide  supportive and culturally sensitive individual therapy--a consistent, intensive experience which enables clients to resolve root issues and achieve treatment goals. I utilize my educational background and concentration in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC), along with motivational therapy, support of self-determination, and a strengths-based  approach, to positively influence and encourage each client in serving their treatment plan and goals. 

Here are some of the ways I support clients:

  • Manage the level of emotional stimulation and expression in sessions. 

  • Mindfulness of emotions to help clients develop awareness of their feelings and increase clients' ability  to identify and examine the emotions without judging whether or not they are “good” or “bad.”

  • Teach clients coping strategies for human rights violations, trauma symptoms and feelings. Conduct assertiveness training, communication and interpersonal effectiveness, de-escalation techniques  and conflict management.

  • Educate clients on adaptive reactions to trauma by validating and normalizing clients’ affective reactions to human rights violations.

I received a Masters in Social Work from Walden University

and am licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work.