Resident in Counseling
Ana can be reached at 571-721-0177 or
“Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both.”
― Brene Brown
My vision is to help people realize their potential, equip them with the tools they need, and help them feel seen, heard, and valued so they can interact with the world from a place of worthiness and self-confidence, and live wholehearted, purpose-driven lives.
I decided to go into the field of counseling because I believe that everyone can live fulfilling lives with the support and tools needed to do so and I have seen the devastating consequences of untreated mental health struggles and the suffering it causes people and their families. The profoundly positive impact that effective mental health treatment has on people’s lives and their loved ones is the driving force that motivates my work every day.
My clients primarily include adults who feel their lives are being limited by the effects of anxiety, depression, low self-worth, or troubled relationships. Enhancing feelings of self-worth is at the core of what I do with my clients, as well as courage-building, shame resilience, finding your purpose, exploring motivations, identifying values, and uncovering the power of vulnerability. Being trained in various modalities has equipped me to draw from various research-proven techniques to customize my approach to the needs of each person I work with. My theoretical orientations include ACT primarily and I incorporate DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, and Positive Psychology into my work. I also draw from the work of Brene Brown, Kristen Neff, Susan David, Gary Chapman, Henry Cloud, Martin Seligman, Simon Sinek, and the Gottman Institute. My passion to empower and help other people heal is enhanced by my work as a highly-trained professional and life coach, as well as my experience in facilitating group and individual therapy for a wide range of diagnoses and populations in a variety of settings, from out-patient clinics (PHP/IOP) to individual counseling in private practice. I’m open to integrating faith and spirituality into counseling, at your request. I work with clients from all walks of life and all faith perspectives.
“Happiness is not dependent on circumstances being exactly as we want them to be, or on ourselves being exactly as we’d like to be. Rather, happiness stems from loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are, knowing that joy and pain, strength and weakness, glory and failure are all essential to the full human experience. ”
― Kristin Neff
Education, Credentials & Memberships
• Resident in Counseling
• Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University
• Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of America
• Certified MCODE Practitioner
• Completing Gottman Level 1 Training
• Completing Optimal Work Training
• Certified Life Coach
• Completed training in CBT, DBT, and ACT methodologies
More about me:
• In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, coffee dates with friends, cycling, and reading.