My name is Tracy -- I use she/her pronouns, and am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Virginia and California. Since 2008 I have been practicing social work across the country -- in Virginia, New Orleans, New Mexico, San Diego, and even Mexico City for a little while. I've worked in a large variety of settings, from homeless shelters to acute care medical facilities to eating disorder centers to clients' homes. I've also worked with people of widely varying ages, races, orientations, cultural backgrounds and abilities. Getting to spend time with all of these humans, having meaningful interactions, and sharing in important life moments -- that's the good stuff of my work.
Along the way I have helped clients dealing with depression, anxiety, stress + burnout, substance use concerns, disordered eating + body image issues, relationship conflicts, health problems, family planning, and grief + bereavement. I have also counseled many people experiencing physical trauma, acute crisis, and major life-altering events. In sum, I work with people as they experience their own life's challenges.
My counseling style is warm, interactive, and authentic -- I love and believe in good therapy. I also believe in people treating each other with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My perspective is that you are the expert on your life, and my role as your therapist is to be your advocate, your ally, and your confidant. When it's appropriate I will offer guidance, insights, and my perspective for you to consider. Other times I get that what's most important is to feel seen, heard, and understood. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our interactions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and goals. Although it's often difficult emotions and experiences that propel people to seek therapy in the first place, once we get started you may also be surprised to find a place for humor and laughter in our sessions.
Engaging in therapy is a wonderful tool for growth, healing, insight, and expanding our capacities to more fully live our lives on our own terms. Therapy provides some dedicated time and space for those things. By choosing this path you are choosing to invest in yourself, your values + priorities, and your intentionally lived life.
Many therapists will say this because it's the truth: it takes courage to seek out what you want for your life and make the first steps towards change. So if you are ready, I am here and I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Communication Problems, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Impulsivity, Isolation/Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy
VA LCSW 0904011086
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Tracy is the absolute best! She really listens and makes sure she understands where you’re coming from. Love how reassuring and supportive she is.
Written on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Tracy for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Tracy does excellent, artful work. She is warm, authentic, and responsive. Tracy does a great job of balancing support with gentle challenge, pushing me to grow while really hearing and empathizing with my pain and struggle. I feel consistently heard and understood in our sessions. Her recommendations for between session work and resources have been spot on as well. I wholeheartedly recommend her.
Written on Apr 23, 2021 after therapy with Tracy for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem