Tracy Tsao, LCPC

My clients develop a sense of autonomy; gain insight into their strengths; increase confidence for coping with high-stress situations; develop structured, procedural permanent behavioral change and develop boundary setting behaviors for themselves and others; and reduce adverse reactions and impulsivity. 


My adult (20+) 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 expectations and roles; anxiety; depression; work-life balance; avoidant behaviors including procrastination and self sabotage; life transitions; family of origin dynamics and other relationship/attachment issues; and trauma. 


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. Specifically, 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.


I continually check the accuracy of my understanding of clients’ circumstances, beliefs, values and experiences, and work with patience and respect to forge relationships with each client. 

While my approach is naturally client-centered, I utilize frameworks like trauma informed care, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which emphasizes education, skills-building and self-improvement. My experience in delivering trauma-informed care and grief counseling is essential to my client’s healing and well-being. 


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.

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