Dr. Lopez has been working in a private practice setting for almost 20 years. She provides clinical services, clinical supervision, wellness coaching, professional mentoring, business consultation, as well as workshops and retreats. Her focus is on facilitating the process of optimal living both professionally and personally by honoring the self and removing any barriers towards vibrancy.
Her primary clinical specialty is working with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the early years of her clinical career she worked with countless survivors of sexual violence while serving as the Coordinator for specialized clinical services at the DC Rape Crisis Center. She has also worked with those who have experienced many other traumas including natural and man-made disasters, physical violence, interpersonal violence, adoption and neglect.
She works with the following clinical issues:
- Sleep Disturbances
- Low Self-Esteem
- Relationship Challenges
- Addictive Behaviors (substances, eating, shopping, working, etc...)
Her clinical sub-specialty is working with addictive behaviors. Dr. Lopez understands addictions to be an effective way to cope with unresolved internalized traumatic experiences, either discreet or chronic. This coping strategy, however effective at managing the traumatic effects, has negative consequences that the client wishes to reduce.
Dr. Lopez can provide services in Spanish or English and offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting as a means to resolve negative internalized messaging. She is a certified EMDR practitioner.
Dr. Lopez was a part of the adjunct faculty to The Catholic University of America in their graduate social work program for 10 years. In her social work career, she has worked with Northern Virginia Family Services, the Hospital for Sick Children, the DC Rape Crisis Center, and Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services. In 2002, she was distinguished for her work in establishing a social services program for low-income Spanish speaking immigrants by receiving the Social Worker of the Year award from the National Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
For more information, to schedule an appointment, or to contact Dr. Lopez directly, she can be reached at:
202-265-1000, ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.