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Avalaura Beharry

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Thriveworks Associates
9196 Autoville Drive
College Park, MD 20740

Embrace all that you are, in service to the world and to your highest and most incredible life -- the journey waits for no one, it begins now! This is a challenge from Avalaura, the internationally celebrated Intuitive Consultant and Life Coach. Avalaura passionately dedicates her life to assisting mission driven leaders and individuals live their best lives and achieve their BIG dreams. If now is the time for you to live a freedom-focused life, detox yourself of limiting beliefs that no longer serve you, and create an unrecognizable reality — then Avalaura is the guide you’ve been waiting for.

Avalaura says, "I work with people who feel called to do big, great and meaningful work in the world and for whatever reason, they're either not doing it or worse, they're doing it unfulfilled."

As the founder of Avalaura’s Healing Center, Avalaura uses a holistic approach to help individuals deal with challenges and life issues that stop them from living fully, completely and authentically. She takes her clients from hole to wholeness in their life, relationships and business by guiding them through a powerful healing process that helps them discover who they are, who they wish to be, and how to get there. She is an avid foodie who loves to pray, meditate, laugh, travel, spend time with friends and family and sit at the feet of her teachers and mentors.

Avalaura is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Howard University in Washington, DC. Additionally, she is a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Counselor, Hypnotherapist, Holistic Aromatherapist and Yoga/Meditation Instructor.

It’s your time to breakthrough fears and make a greater impact and it all begins within you. Transform with Avalaura’s support and contact her today for a consultation.

Age Groups Seen:
  • 13-17
  • 18-63
  • 63-Up
Helps with...
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Aging
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Anger
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Blended Family
  • Careers
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Couples
  • Dating
  • Dependency
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Fear / Phobia
  • Gambling
  • Goal Setting
  • Grief / Loss
  • Impulsivity
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Men’s Issues
  • Money/Financial
  • Narcissism
  • Nutrition
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorder
  • Pregnancy
  • Racial Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Self Harm
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Single Life
  • Skin Picking Disorder
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Under-achievement
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Management
  • Women’s Issues
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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James Huntington
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James Huntington

PsyD, MA, BA
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
5530 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 802
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

For years, Dr. Huntington has helped families, adults, and adolescents build stronger relationships by teaching communication skills and how to form boundaries. He has found that these new kills empower clients to try new challenges and give them a more optimistic disposition.

For clients with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, grief, substance use problems, and adjustment issues, Dr. Huntington uses a motivational and collaborative approach. Through frank discussions, clients often clarify their values, focus on the present with mindfulness, and examine their emotions. Soon, clients are struggling less and growing more as they accept themselves for who they are.

Adolescents often need help clarifying their own values so that they can live in a way that feels genuine and authentic. Dr. Huntington helps teens improve their social skills which may lead to better peer friendships, healthier family interactions, and a smoother transition into adulthood.

Dr. Huntington spends time with adult clients identifying which aspects of their lives are most meaningful. Adults can then focus their attention on what brings them joy. Clients often explore their principles, priority, spirituality, and standards during this process.

Helps with...
  • Family Conflict
  • Relationship Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Life Coaching
  • Resilience Training
  • School Issues
  • Substance Abuse
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Rachel Wills
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Rachel Wills

LPC
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
3000 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 402
Washington, DC 20008

I am both an Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. I am a native to the DC or DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area. I know this is a hard place to put down roots, secure career success, and maintain work-life balance.I took a circuitous path to become a counselor. In fact, I've "been" many things, barista, teacher, and a recycling specialist. Embracing ourselves, limitations and all, is the key to resiliency & happiness. It takes an act of courage or faith to embrace who you are and what you want to do for your own happiness. It's worth it.

I believe in your process to finding work-life balance and self acceptance. . If you struggle with feeling "less than", "different than", or are not sure where you "fit" & what makes you special - then I'm the counselor for you. My goal is to provide you with positive coping skills that will enable you to feel confident & empowered. You're much more than a label or diagnosis.

I specialize in ADD, work-life balance, dual diagnosis and substance use disorders (emphasis on harm reduction and recovery).I can help you to understand & improve your self concept; reduce negative labeling; address stigma related to mental wellness, addiction, and body image. I'll positively guide you in your search for a life that includes fulfillment with your career. I'll definitely help you advocate for yourself.

I focus on different abilities vs. disabilities. As an individual who has ADHD and has struggled with addiction, I have personal knowledge of how devastating this combination is. I believe there are no "bad dogs", only bad behaviors and poor coping skills.

What made you want to become a therapist?

I was always told that I was sensitive and helpful. I also struggled with ADHD & low self esteem

What do you like most about working with clients?

I love helping clients see the positive in themselves and learn to trust in their decisions

Can you tell me about a difficult client/case? What were the challenges and how were you able to help your client?

I've had many "hard cases" and have found that respect & being able to admit when I'm wrong - goes a long way

Do you use any specific counseling method or philosophy?

I believe the only things we can change are our perceptions/attitudes/behaviors; that aligns with Existentialism & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is one thing that you try to teach every client?

I coined a phrase - "There are no bad dogs, only bad behaviors & coping skills." I tell everyone they're not "bad ."

How long does it usually take for a client to begin to experience change?

It takes a month to form a habit but I've had clients say they felt better immediately after talking to me.

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing social anxiety?

I say pick out one person to talk to or start helping someone if at a home party, etc. & remember most people feel just as awkward

How might you counsel a client who is experiencing clinical depression?

I'd say don't try to make yourself "happy". It's OK to feel/be depressed but how you can choose how you cope with it.

How might you counsel a client who is battling addiction?

I'd use motivational interviewing & try to determine whether the goal is harm reduction or cessation. I subscribe to the disease model and I believe that it isn't a question of will power. I'd focus on the feelings behind the addiction.

What is one thing you've learned from a client?

That you can't judge how therapy will work or what connection you'll forge after only one session.

What should clients expect during their first counseling session with you?

To be OK with beginning with an organic conversation vs. a structured intake. I like the client to just feel comfortable talking to me.

learn_more caption="What would you say to a client who was nervous about his or her first session?"] It's typical & that it will get easier after the 1st session. I always welcome questions & I can go first with the talking if it helps [/learn_more]

What advice would you give to a client trying to choose a therapist?

Go with your gut instinct after talking and interviewing the therapist vs. choosing based on specific technique

How do your clients know if counseling is working?

They're usually able to tell me but I often point out ways in which they've grown or shifted perspectives.

Can clients become dependent on counseling?

.I think clients can be dependent but not if the counselor/therapist is doing his/her job

Age Groups Seen:
  • 13-17
  • 18-63
  • 63-Up
Helps with...
  • Work-Life Balance
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Bisexuality
  • Career Counseling
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Homosexuality
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma PTSD
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay

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Rose Marghi
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Rose Marghi

LCMFT
Address:
Thriveworks Associates
8701 Georgia Ave, Suite 401
Silver Spring, MD 20910

I believe that asking for help by coming to therapy is a courageous act. In the relationship between the client and therapist, clients no longer face life’s challenges alone. I provide a safe, warm environment where my clients can openly discuss their concerns. I work collaboratively with clients. I believe they are the experts on themselves while I bring my professional experience of working for over 20 years as a nurse and then as a therapist. As clients share their stories, many of their struggles, symptoms, and concerns are clarified. I can then equip clients to increase their emotional intelligence—emotional control and functioning.

I see clients who feel stuck, anxious, sad, and more. By focusing upon their own life story, clients often increase their self-esteem and determine what they would like to leave behind in the past and what they would like to carry forward to their future.

My treatment plans focus upon offering each client the nonjudgmental, supportive, and confidential therapy experience they need. Clients make and work toward long term and short term goals, but at times, we set those aside and focus upon what the client needs today.

Therapy is a time to focus on you. It is a safe place to wonder, dream, cry, question, and more. I love using cheer and humor and hope that you will enjoy our time together.

Helps with...
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Bearevement
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Coaching
  • Spirituality
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Adolescents
  • Eating Disorders
  • Careers
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Dating
  • Women's issue
  • Goal Setting
  • Stress
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Workaholism
Payment Options...
  • Cash/ Self Pay
  • all PPO's
  • Cigna
  • Accepts out of network insurance providers and provides paperwork for reimbursement.

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Thriveworks Associates
5530 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 802
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Tel : (301) 273-2605

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

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