Effective, culturally competent care is important to Dr. Williams. She draws from a variety of methods such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, ACT and DBT in order to provide treatment that is tailored to each individual. She works hard to hold a safe and nonjudgmental space to explore the impact of racism, sexism, trans- and homophobia and other impacts of marginalized identities as well as other concerns such as traumatic experiences, anxiety, work stress, perfectionism, emotional eating and self-esteem problems.
Education and Training
Dr. Williams earned her two masters’ degrees in mental health counseling from John Hopkins University and George Washington University, and continued on to earn her doctorate at GWU. Her experiences range from working in the inpatient setting with individuals diagnosed with personality disorders to the college counseling setting, where she helped young adults to deal with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, family and relationship problems. She has also worked with veterans, survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence, and individuals suffering from drug and alcohol problems.
Individual Psychotherapy for Young Adults
Dr. Williams specializes in working with the college-age and young adult population. As a former staff member at *George Washington University College & Psychological Services* https://healthcenter.gwu.edu/counseling-and-psychological-services, Dr. Williams understands the unique stressors facing college students today. She is also adept at helping young adults to transition to being on their own and generally “adulting”, a task made much more difficult if depression, anxiety or trauma are part of the picture.
Psychotherapy for Anxiety
Anxiety issues such as insomnia, panic attacks, chronic worry, perfectionism and workaholism are Dr. Williams’ primary specialty. She works in a calm, nonjudgmental and collaborative way to help you to find peace, calm and ease in your life. Dr. Williams uses anxiety interventions drawn from a variety of disciplines, helping you to find real change
Dr. Williams’s clinical interests include trauma, identity development, attachment, relationships, psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory, assessment and understanding clients’ life challenges from a multicultural and developmental perspective. Although she considers herself to be an integrative therapist, her focus is grounded primarily in insight-oriented interventions including Psychodynamic, Existential and Interpersonal therapies. Dr. Williams also incorporates Reality Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address more immediate and symptomatic needs.
Culturally Competent Counseling
Eating Disorders Treatment
Dr. Williams is refining a specialization in eating disorders at Monarch Wellness & Psychotherapy under the supervision of *Dr. Dana Harron* and Carissa Hannum. She is currently accepting clients who suffer from eating disorders at a somewhat lower rate than her peers