Alicia Ayvas, MSSW, LCSW, CEDS-S
Katie (Sharpe) Bowler, LCSW
DBT Skills Group Leader
Kaitlin Westerman, MSSW, LCSW
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. As of 2020 I became licensed in Maryland as an LCSW-C and in Washington D.C as an LICSW. 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.
Tori Palmer, LMSW
Teen Process Group Leader
Erin O'Brien, LCSW
Katrina Armstrong, LPC, CFBT
Certified Family Based Therapist
Brian Rink, LMSW
Supervisee in Social Work,
Jihaan "Gigi" Hachim, MA
Resident in Counseling, VA
Tess Mulrean, MSW,
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 currently does not have availability, however will have openings in mid/late May for new clients in the Gainesville location.
To schedule a session with Tori, please click HERE to access her schedule.
My primary focus is working with individuals with eating disorders and their families. My goal is to deliver client-centered and collaborative care working as a team with you, your family, and appropriate professionals. I have practiced at multiple levels of care, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. My primary treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. I also have worked in non-profit mental health, where I gained experience working with a wide variety of mental health challenges and at the Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services.
I earned my Bachelor's in Arts in American Studies with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Spanish from Georgetown University and I earned my Master's in Social Work from Catholic University. I have completed additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I am currently working toward my CEDS under the supervision of Alicia Ayvas, MSSW, LCSW, CEDS.
I am a member of the National Social Work Association as well as the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
*Erin currently does not have any availability but will be taking on new clients later in 2021.
To schedule a session with Erin, please click HERE to access her schedule.
My central goal as a practitioner is to help clients foster self-compassion and self-acceptance. With a warm and non-judgmental presence, I collaborate with clients as they increase self-awareness and develop new skills in order to find peace and lead balanced, fulfilling lives. I recognize the value of self-determination and uniqueness of each client and enjoy facilitating the recovery process. Experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other evidence based modalities, I maintain a client-centered approach while working with individuals, groups, or families at any level of care.
I am a certified Family Based Treatment (FBT) provider. FBT, also known as The Maudsley Method, is an evidenced based treatment approach for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), hold an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University, as well as a B.S. in Psychology from University of Mary Washington.
*Katrina is currently not accepting new clients at this time due to being on leave however upon her return will be available for virtually sessions.
In my practice, I work with clients to explore past experiences and how they might be influencing current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors — nurturing insight and awareness to elicit growth and desired change. I view therapy as a collaborative process that can assist in identifying and working through challenges so that life can be lived with greater balance and self-compassion. I strive to create a safe space for individuals to freely express their authentic selves, while working together to set and progress toward therapeutic goals.
I am experienced in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, and women’s issues. I specialize in treating individuals recovering from eating disorders, and individuals who feel dissatisfaction with their bodies and relationships with food. As an eating disorder specialist, I am passionate about the link between mind and body — recognizing the importance of simultaneous healing. I am grounded in evidence-based practice, utilizing an integrated and trauma-informed approach influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, exposure response and prevention therapy, mindfulness practice, and family systems therapy; while employing strengths-based and person-centered frameworks. I hold the belief that connection serves as a powerful aid to the recovery process and encourage the involvement of a support system, as well as other treatment professionals.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington, and my Master of Social Work in Clinical Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have been working in the field of mental health since 2014 in various roles and settings, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels-of-care. I am currently under the supervision of Alicia Ayvas, MSSW, LCSW, CEDS, as I work toward my CEDS.
*Rachael currently is not accepting new clients until mid May, however when she has availability, she is in the Richmond location as well as over our virtual platform.
To schedule a session with Rachael, please click HERE to access her schedule.
My specialty is working with adolescents and young adults. This can often be a
very challenging time of life. Negotiating the transitions from childhood to
adulthood can be difficult and just plain stressful at times. Many times,
adolescents and young adults find that this stress can cause them anxiety,
depression, and dysregulation of many sorts. One particular area of focus for me
is eating disorders. Another is managing family relations and expectations. I
endeavor to help my clients look at their lives and see the many possibilities that
lie ahead of them. I use my psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT training to
I specialize in Eating, Anxiety, and Depressive Disorders. My fundamental
psychotherapeutic orientation is Psychodynamic and Attachment-based. I have
extensive training in CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. I use CBT, DBT,
and MI as tools to help my client view their reality in a new light and learn skills to
help regulate and manage their emotions.
I believe, and research has borne out, that the therapeutic relationship is
fundamental to a client's progress towards goals. As such I meet the client
where they are, assessing their needs and readiness for change. I offer a
compassionate, open space for dialogue aimed at growth and holistic health. I
am available, open, and honest with all my clients.
I live in Alexandria with my husband Ben, my 6-year old mut Katydid and my new puppy Phineas, who is beginning training to work with me as a therapy dog. I have two adult daughters who bring me joy. I enjoy American Colonial, government and constitutional history. I am passionate about my plants, pets and family. As an avid reader with a pile of books on my nightstand, I am constantly seeking a balance between reading and listening to NPR or Podcasts.
* Brian is taking on new clients/families. He works in the Reston location on Monday and Tuesday, and at the Gainesville location on Thursday, Friday and Saturday's. Brian is also able to provide virtual support for those who prefer.
To schedule a session with Brian, please click HERE to access his schedule.
Since 2013, I have had the privilege to provide mental health services to children/adolescents and their families. I have specifically supported those struggling in their eating disorder recovery journey along with co-occurring anxiety, depression and traumas for the last five years. The focus of my work with my clients have been to help them find self-compassion and acceptance through a person-centered therapeutic approach. My experience in residential and outpatient levels of care has taught me to work with a multidisciplinary professional team along with clients’ loved ones to reach the fullest level of success in treatment. Using evidence-based techniques and practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, I am able to help my clients overcome challenges and struggles of having an eating disorder. Additionally, I believe healing the mind, body and soul from a holistic approach can help my clients fully understand their mental health struggles and learn healthy coping skills.
I am a warm, compassionate, energetic and encouraging therapist who understands the importance of creating a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment for my clients. As a minority myself and someone who can identify with the BIPOC community, I understand the additional layer of efforts to work through healing traumas and struggles surrounding culture and race. I have a strong vision and recognize that my personal experiences can help empower voice. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work through the unique circumstances surrounding eating disorders within the BIPOC community.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and my Masters of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. I am currently working towards obtaining my license as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) under the supervision of Alicia Ayvas, LCSW, CEDS-S.
* Gigi is currently accepting new clients and will be working virtually on Monday and in the Gainesville location on Wednesday and in the Reston location on Thursday and Friday.
To schedule a session with Gigi, please click HERE to access her schedule.
I am happy to be Clarity's first point of contact when calling to set up an intake or to learn more about the services offered at Clarity Counseling. I will assist in getting your questions answered and help connect you with a clinician or group that meets your needs.
My professional background includes a Bachelors of Science in Health Science and Masters in Physical Therapy. I worked for roughly a decade in the school system as a physical therapist and love working with children and families. Back in 2010, I left the field to raise my five children, whose ages range from 18 to 11. While native to New Jersey, I have lived in Virginia for 20 years, and love it here! My family and I recently returned from London after a 5.5 years diplomatic posting and have just reacclimatized back to Northern Virginia.
I am very excited to be a resource for the community and will be working closely with the Clarity team to ensure that you are getting your needs met.
* Allison is Clarity's first point of contact when calling to set up an intake or to learn more about Clarity Counseling. She is here as a resource for you and acts as the bridge between the providers and services offered within all 3 of Clarity's locations.
I believe in the importance of recognizing one's strengths to overcome obstacles in one's life. Therapy is a partnership and we will go where you need to go together. Throughout my career, I have worked in multiple settings including inpatient facilities, emergency departments, and community mental health centers; I have worked with a variety of disorders ranging from anxiety to severe mental illness, with all ages and genders. I use a multifaceted approach to therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, among other evidence-based approaches. I am independently licensed in both MA and VA, and only available by Telehealth because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
* Tess is currently accepting new clients with about a 2-3 week wait. Tess will be working virtually on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights starting at 5:30pm, and will be offering Friday sessions at 2:30pm - 5:30pm. Tess will be 100% virtual at this time due to COVID-19
To schedule a session with Tess, please click HERE to access her schedule.