Clarity's Team

Alicia Ayvas, MSSW, LCSW, CEDS
Executive Director
Primary Therapist

Certified Supervisor

My mission, now that I am working in both Prince William and Fairfax County and virtually, is to offer evidenced-based treatment to individuals and families impacted by an eating disorder and commit to the prevention, education, and treatment of those living in Northern Virginia. For too long services were limited in this area and I am very excited to have offices in both Gainesville and Reston. I will be sharing an office with a family therapist and nutritionist, both of which are specialized in the treatment of eating disorders. I believe it is imperative to work together with my client, their family, and a multidisciplinary team of professionals when treating eating disorders and through that collaboration, I hope to make a difference within the field of mental health.

I have been working in the field of eating disorders since 2008 and I am committed to help client’s understand and fully overcome their eating disorder's so that they have peace within their mind, body, and spirit. I earned her Bachelors of Arts at Rutgers University and Masters of Science at Columbia University.  In 2017 I became a certified eating disorder specialist through the International Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals.  I am currently working toward becoming a supervisor and am excited to be a leader in the field. I am energetic, passionate, and dedicated to empowering individuals and families who are impacted by eating disorders. My primary methods are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Family Based Therapy. All in all, I am committed to the prevention, research, and evidence-based interventions for full recovery among individuals and families who are affected by eating disorders.

Katie (Sharpe) Bowler, LCSW
Group Leader / Primary Therapist

Certified Supervisor

Kaitlin Westerman, MSSW, LCSW
Primary Therapist

I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have been a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey since 2014 and transferred my license to the District of Columbia and Virginia in 2016, earning my clinical license in Virginia in 2017. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2009 from Northeastern University in political science. During that time, I completed multiple internships focused on non-profit management. In 2014, I completed my Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University. For the past seven years, I have worked in the mental health and addictions field as a counselor, case manager and therapist. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. My approach is primarily cognitive behavioral and I provide client-centered therapy. My specialties include addictions, trauma and severe mental illness. I have experience working with adolescents, adults and families in multiple levels of care.


Katie is currently accepting new clients in the Gainesville location.  







My goal is to help people create a fulfilling life through working to achieve stability and balance in all areas of their lives.  Using a compassionate, person-centered approach I hope to teach others how to use nonjudgmental, openness, and acceptance of themselves and others for all of our strengths and challenges.  I am a firm believer that we are the authors of our own lives and thus have the right to choose our own path, whatever that may be.  I'm here to help you write your story.

I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Virginia after transferring my license from Tennessee in 2015.  I have a Bachelor's of Health and Human Sciences and a Masters in Science and Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  For the past 8 years, I have focused on non-profit and community behavioral health working with substance use, mental health, and trauma as a therapist/counselor.  I have experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  Seeking Safety, Trauma-Focused CBT, and other evidence-based modalities.  At any level of care, I maintain a client-centered approach to change.


Kaitlin is currently accepting new clients in the Gainesville location and has weekend availability. 


Tori Palmer,  LMSW
Primary Therapist


As a mental health clinician in Northern Virginia, I believe that no one should ever have to walk alone in struggling with life’s obstacles and challenges. In therapy, I aim to work with you in collaboration to address your concerns in a warm, safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. My specialty and primary focus is working with clients who struggle with Eating Disorders. However, I have experience working with issues such as complex Trauma, anxiety, depression, and severe mental illness. I have practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient, psychosocial day programs, and community-based settings.



Although a native to the Northern Virginia area, I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign for both my Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social work with an emphasis in advanced clinical mental health. Additionally, I have received advanced training in several evidence-based therapies including, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, wraparound care, and solution-focused therapies. Currently, I am a Licensed Social worker (LSW) in Virginia, working towards my fully independent licensure (LCSW) under the direct supervision of Clarity Counseling’s Executive Director, Alicia Ayvas MSSW, LCSW, CEDS.


Tori is currently accepting new clients in the Gainesville location.