I earned my Master in Social Work from University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD in 2010. I also earned my Bachelors of Arts in Information System from University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore MD in 2003. I have Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) in MD, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in DC, Personal Trainer License and Health Coach License. I am a member of National Association of Social Work and American Council on Exercise.
For more than 10 years, I have been using humanistic, person-center, strength-focused therapy, motivational Interviews, crisis and brief Intervention to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual, family or group in diverse therapy environment. I believe in treating all persons with respect, compassion and thoughtful of the person’s background. Also, I am commented to helping people to live life to their fullest potential because we all have one life to leave and we deserve to be in pace with ourselves.
Looking forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
DC LICSW LC50082243
VA LCSW 0904013139
MD LCSW-C 16594
She’s great and attentive
Written on Nov 12, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and sleeping disorders
Ms. OKECHUKWU is so welcoming. She’s such a great active listener, which is very important to me.
Written on Oct 18, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Vanessa was very patient & focused on my goals. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking help.
Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and parenting issues
Vanessa is REAL! She does not sugarcoat and I love this about her. I definitely recommend her.
Written on Aug 19, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues
Talking with Vanessa Okechukwu has been incredible. This is my first time pursuing therapy, and I’m so grateful that I was paired with someone so insightful and encouraging, and who I genuinely feel understands me.
She listens well, and offers feedback that is objective enough to allow me to build my own perspective.
Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning adhd
A therapist who works around MY schedule and seems to understand my needs. I couldn't be happier after my first couple sessions!
Written on Feb 18, 2022 after therapy with Vanessa for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd