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Openings available starting January 3, 2023

Mirshelle Edwards, Associate Counselor

Teenagers and adults work with me to learn the psychological impact of their experiences and gain strategies to improve their psychological well-being, personal and professional relationships, and daily functioning. More specifically, I can provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for a multitude of symptoms and experiences related to sadness, low self-esteem, depression, anger, grief, neglect and abandonment, frequent worry, uncontrollable worry, difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships, self-blame, apathy, feeling inadequate or alone, fear, overwhelmed due to intense emotions and/or expectations, shame and/or guilt and more. My expertise and interests also includes working with people impacted–directly or indirectly by legal, judicial, correctional, community, clinical, and administrative systems.

 

Therapy sessions with me might include psychoeducation about your diagnosis and the impact of your identified experiences and symptoms. We will work to identify affect/mood modulation skills, safety skills, stress-management, and mindfulness skills and engage in confidence and assertiveness training. Therapy will also introduce the cognitive triad (relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors), behavioral techniques, and behavior modification. We will work together to process any trauma, eliminate or alleviate symptoms, and more.

 

My training in Forensic Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology allows me to provide mental health counseling to individuals who have directly or indirectly experienced the psychological ramifications of a criminal act or the correctional/legal system, and issues related to cultural or generational trauma. Cognitive Behavioral therapy helps clients see the correlation between thoughts, attitudes, beliefs — cognitions — and behavior. The premise of CBT is: The way we think about situations shapes our choices, behavior, and actions. If incorrect, irrational, faulty, or maladaptive thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs lead to inappropriate and even destructive behavior, then changing those thoughts, attitudes and beliefs can lead to more appropriate, socially appropriate behavior.

 

I provide a direct, compassionate, flexible, and collaborative approach, which includes, but is not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational questioning principles.

 

I am providing mental health counseling under the clinical supervision of Barbara Adika, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (MD) and Licensed professional Counselor (Washington, DC).