Tracy Tsao, LCPC

My clients develop a sense of autonomy; gain insight into their strengths; increase confidence for managing stress related to identity, roles and day-to-day life; increase ability to stabilize and manage mood; activate behavioral change; reduce guilt and shame of trauma experiences; manage dissociation feeling like you're in a movie); develop boundary setting behaviors; and reduce impulsivity. 


My clients begin individual therapy with me looking to navigate multicultural issues especially within the Asian American community; identity and view of "self" within the context of race, gender, culture, sexual orientation and age; depression; work-life balance; avoidant behaviors including procrastination and self sabotage; life transitions; family of origin dynamics and other relationship/attachment issues; and trauma and related dissociation. 


I am an English and Cantonese speaking clinician who is knowledgeable in Mandarin.


As a trauma informed clinician, I engage with each client in a manner that allows for implementation of an effective treatment process without retraumatization. I understand that the trauma people experience in the past can negatively impact their current life and prioritize safety, compassion and proper care. I understand the pervasive nature of trauma and  create an environment of healing and recovery. I help clients move toward emotional and physical safety, radical acceptance,  having a sense of empowerment, choice and control; skill building; mood regulation, boundary setting and more.

While my approach is naturally client-centered, I utilize frameworks like trauma informed care,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Person Centered Therapy. These approaches emphasize education, skills-building, addressing irrational thinking patterns, activating behavior change, resolving or decreasing the impact of trauma and decreasing conflict in relationships. My experience in delivering trauma-informed care and grief counseling is essential to my client’s healing and well-being. Additionally, my approach to therapy also embraces LGBTQ+ and BIPOC identities and relationships and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of clients.


I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Washington University and have since provided mental health services to children and adults in outpatient and private practice settings in Maryland. As a passionate and experienced Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, I provide a safe and thoughtful environment for collaboration, understanding, and resolution.

I accept Cigna, UnitedHealthcare/Optum and CareFirst/Anthem/BlueCross and BlueShield health plans. 

Call 240-428-0465 or email with any and all questions. Please specify your desire to work with me and include your insurance information.

Not taking new clients.