Meet Our Counseling Staff

Juliet Kwarteng, LCSW

Juliet graduated from Norfolk State University with a Master’s in Social Work and is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Juliet is passionate about working with clients facing practical and emotional problems.

Juliet has experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health illness, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Juliet also has experience working with children who have experienced trauma, grief/loss, and other issues related to child abuse.

Juliet utilizes eclectic theoretical approaches to include person-centered therapy, crisis intervention, task-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution focused brief therapy. She provides individual, group, and family counseling.

In her free time, Juliet enjoys spending time with her two nieces, traveling abroad, and learning new things.

Mwende Mualuko, Psychologist

Mwende Mualuko is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I developed my specialty in treating emotional trauma over the course of 5 years by working with PTSD field experts at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. I offer gold-standard PTSD interventions endorsed by the National Center for PTSD and American Psychological Association: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). I consider this work the foundation for all of my practice and attribute the skills I’ve accumulated to my success in helping those who struggle with major mood disorders and crisis.

I also have a special interest in working with individuals seeking cultural-emotional development and support with faith transitions. I enjoy working with Mormon communities in particular as a result of living and working in the Salt Lake City/Provo areas. I value evidence based therapies that are demonstrated to improve mental heath. I offer multicultural and interfaith therapy services that promote personal growth and overall well-being.

Ihsan Warren

Ihsan Warren, LCSW

Ihsan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience providing counseling to adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples, in both private practice and in substance abuse programs. He specializes in working with individuals and families dealing with addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety.
Ihsan has specialized training in family therapy and crisis intervention. He enjoys working with all types of personalities and will work collaboratively with you to help you solve challenging problems and overcome stressful family situations.
Ihsan approaches problems from a Strength-Based perspective. He will help you identify your unique capabilities and strengths and help you work with your strengths as a starting point for change. He will empower and motivate you to find your own solution. He also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral and Client-centered techniques to help you achieve your goals.

Shannon Oesch, LCSW

When you are experiencing trauma or stress, you might feel like your life is unraveling. It is my passion to help you get through that trauma/stress and come out the other side feeling empowered and energized. Tools I might use to do that are Person-Centered, Trauma Informed Approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Motivational Interviewing to explore the details of what brings you to therapy.

I began my counseling career working at the Salvation Army Detox facility in Honolulu, Hawaii for a period of 5 years. I also worked in Dual Diagnosis Treatment Facilities and in Mental Health Case Management. I opened my Private Practice in 2012, and for the last 5 years has been helping my patients work on a variety of issues, specializing in trauma, domestic violence, depression and anxiety. I have been a trainer for other therapists for several years and has also served as an expert witness in court cases. My primary areas of treatment include :

  • Domestic Violence
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Depression
  • Substance Use
  • Anxiety
  • Women’s issues
  • LGBT related issues
  • Schizophrenia,
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Stress Management

My formal education was at the University of Missouri for my B.S.W. and Hawaii Pacific University for my Master’s of Social Work. I am clinically licensed in the State of Virginia.

For self-care, I enjoy going to the gym, dog park and spending time with family, friends and neighbors.

Thriveworks Counseling
6076 Franconia Rd, Suite D
Alexandria, VA 22310

Tel : (703) 828-9054

Mon-Fri: 8AM-9PM
Sat-Sun: 8AM-5PM

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