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Despina Hangemanole LCSW-C, LCSW-C

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Family conflicts Self esteem, Motivation Depression
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About me

Beginning therapy for the first time or resuming after a break can be nerve-racking, exciting and overwhelming. It can bring up anxiety, but can also bring a welcome sense of relief knowing a start has been made. Finding the right fit with a therapist can be challenging. I am hopeful I can provide answers to determine if I would be a helpful fit.

I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C) with an additional certification in Addiction Counseling (MAC) based in Maryland. I have 13 years of experience helping others who are struggling with a wide variety of challenges make significant, positive changes in their lives.

Life can be filled with challenges and traumatic experiences that require our attention and care in order to heal. We are skilled at silencing the aching inside via escape hatches: excessive shopping, over/under eating, using drugs or alcohol, sex, gambling, gaming, etc. I believe the therapeutic relationship can offer support by learning to live in the present moment with all life has to offer.

My goal is to provide care that is compassionate, validating, supportive and rooted in mindfulness. I draw on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in my practice with a strengths based focus.

I can interact with you in whatever manner you are most comfortable. I find it helpful to participate in video sessions so that we can get to know each other better, but I am also available to you via phone if that is more comfortable for you.

Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I am excited to meet you and to work together to identify your goals and make plans to achieve them.

Professional experience

3yrs in practice
Stress, Anxiety Addictions Family conflicts Self esteem, Motivation Depression

Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication problems, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood disorders , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic disorder and panic attacks, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-love, Sex Addiction, Social anxiety and phobia, Women's issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Services offered


License information

MD LCSW-C 16911