I am very collaborative in my work and believe that the client is the expert when it comes to his/her own life experiences. I work with each client to help them develop more satisfying interpersonal relationships and guide them toward making the changes they desire to accomplish their personal goals.
I have 20 years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with populations varying across the life span and from culturally diverse backgrounds. I use an Integrative therapeutic approach according to the client’s individual needs. My areas of practice include individual and family therapy. My areas of specialty are anxiety, mood and adjustment disorders, substance-related and addictive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, family conflict, relational issues and life transitions (i.e. loss, phase of life issues). I also provide trauma-informed treatment for adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors.
My educational background includes a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University and a Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Virginia. I have a B.A. in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Communication Problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MD LCPC LC1621
Dr Burns Porter is a great therapist. She’s very understanding and helpful. I have recommended her to others!
Written on Sep 12, 2023 after therapy with Annette for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue
I love Annette. She is so sweet, and she lets me set the pace. I feel like I can share anything with her. I wish I had 24 hour access to talk to her. We laugh at least once during every session. Highly recommend.
Written on Mar 25, 2023 after therapy with Annette for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Dr. Burns is a supportive and caring counselor that always has my best interest in heart.
Written on Jan 17, 2023 after therapy with Annette for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Dr. Burns Porter is an excellent therapist. She listens and gives positive feedbacks.
Written on Sep 02, 2022 after therapy with Annette for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Very caring and easy to share my feelings and thoughts with her
Written on Sep 02, 2022 after therapy with Annette for 2 weeks
I would have given a10 for how likely I’d recommend BetterHelp but my first therapist was not someone I’d recommend.
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Annette for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, and anger management