Effective, culturally competent care is important to Dr. Williams. She draws from a variety of methods to find the best fit for her clients. Her primary approach is insight-based, and to this end she uses psychodynamic psychotherapy and existential psychotherapy. To help reduce symptoms such as anxiety or depression, she also draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Dr. Williams creates a space that is caring and open and works hard to understand your problem as deeply as possible. She is an insightful guide as you begin to understand yourself more completely, andan encouraging presence as you begin to make change.
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.
Culturally Competent Care
Dr. Williams works hard to hold a safe and non-judgmental space to explore the impact of racism, sexism, trans- and homophobia, and other impacts of marginalized identities. She understands that other issues such as traumatic experiences, disordered eating patterns, and self-esteem problems need to be understood through this lens.
Individual Psychotherapy for Young Adults & College Students
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, 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
Do you worry all of the time? Do you have trouble relaxing or winding down?
Dr. Williams works with anxiety issues such as insomnia, panic attacks, chronic worry, perfectionism, and workaholism. Whe uses integrative therapies including a psychodynamic lens to help clients to really get to the root of these issues so that they can create lasting change.
Do you feel like you don’t have any energy? Does doing the smallest thing feel like a huge task? Have you experienced changes in the way you sleep and eat, and do you have trouble finding joy in things that you used to appreciate?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be dealing with depression. Depression is a real, physiological response to life stressors but it is highly treatable. Dr. Williams helps you to understand what is happening for you and to begin to make small, realistic changes that can have a real impact on the way you feel
Eating Disorders Treatment
Dr. Williams is refining a specialization in eating disorders at Monarch Wellness & Psychotherapy under the supervision of Dana Harron, PsyD and Carissa Hannum, LPC. She is currently welcoming clients with body image issues, yo-yo dieting and emotional overeating.