Hello! My name is Lynn DiFatta and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Maryland. I completed graduate school in 2004 but began working in mental health in 2000. I have experience in both long term and short term psychiatric inpatient care, emergency care, and private practice. I have extensive experience in Trauma Disorders (PTSD, CPTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Anxiety) and significant experience with depression, self injury, mood disorders, sexual/intimacy struggles, and relationships. Additionally, I have given seminars and educational lectures on trauma, including childhood, adult, and vicarious traumatization.
My interest and subsequent study in mental health was generated by my belief that all people have struggles and go through periods of life that are difficult. My belief that life can be difficult for all of us at times, drives my core beliefs of respect and resiliency. I know that seeking support can be frustrating and trying however I know that support and help works. I have come to realize that our world has become increasingly stressful and isolative making it even harder to take the first steps in finding support but it is worth the time and risk to get started.
I use a holistic person centered approach. I pull from various modalities including CBT, DBT, solution focused, and mindfulness therapy. I think whatever modality or approach someone uses there is no more important value in counseling than authenticity and genuine positive regard for the individual and the relationship.
I would describe myself as kind, open minded, and honest. I would also describe myself as a realist who appreciates the stresses of life. I believe in a collaborative therapeutic relationship. We will work together to best understand you, understand your current situation, and we will work together establish goals. Change does not occur overnight but it does happen. I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sex Addiction, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MD LCSW-C 13391
WV LCSW-C DP00946061
Lynn is compassionate and competent. I highly recommend her.
Written on Jul 25, 2023 after therapy with Lynn for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
I have grown personally by leaps and bounds since starting therapy a little over a year ago. But I would not have been able to do this without the guidance of my Therapist Lynn DiFatta. She has gently guided me through this process. I would highly recomend Lynn as a therapist.
Written on Jun 13, 2023 after therapy with Lynn for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Lynn is very professional and has been able to help me through a very traumatic event in my life. She listens and gives sound advice. She also assigns homework.
Written on Feb 02, 2023 after therapy with Lynn for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Truly an excellent therapist. A combination of psychological knowledge and life experience. Very empathetic.
Written on Dec 15, 2022 after therapy with Lynn for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders
Lynn is a wonderful therapist and has helped me immensely! To keep it short, I had been really struggling with anxiety and some unprocessed trauma that was making me miserable. Over the course of about 6 months, Lynn has helped me get back to feeling more like myself and feeling much more relaxed and positive (and has given me the tools to help me cope in a healthy way when things do get stressful). Lynn has been instrumental in my growth and is someone I look forward to meeting with for sessions. Highly recommend!!
Written on Nov 11, 2022 after therapy with Lynn for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety
Working with her has been a true pleasure. She helped me through a very dark time.
Written on May 19, 2022 after therapy with Lynn for 10 months