Our therapists provide results-oriented psychotherapy services in a safe and empowering environment. The treatment we provide is guided by our core values:
You are unique and therefore have unique treatment needs.
All of our clinicians have advanced training in one or more of three brain based therapies: EMDR, neurofeedback, and brainspotting. Each therapist also has additional training in other mind-body therapies such as mindfulness-based, expressive, and energy therapies. These integrative therapeutic approaches provide powerful avenues to accessing the complex human system.
Learning through Connection
Each Viva therapist is dedicated to ongoing clinical growth and development. Our clinicians have either completed or are currently enrolled in our Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice certificate program, and all therapists participate in peer supervision for each of our brain-based therapies. Most Viva therapists have received training in DBT, and several also participate in external consultation groups for diverse specialties including psychodynamic therapy, couples therapy, sex therapy, and trauma therapy. Because Viva trainings and supervisions are either free or heavily subsidized, our therapists are able to place heavy emphasis on training and consultation.
Every Viva therapist is fully licensed in the District of Columbia and is in good standing with their professional boards.
Nicole specializes in the relationship between trauma and intersectionality. She is is affirming to the unique experiences of queer and trans*, non-binary, and gender expansive communities, and infuses nature, mindfulness, and expressive arts into treatment.
Kristin works with clients who may be experiencing complex trauma, substance abuse, relationship challenges, and self-esteem issues. She has experience with first-responders, particularly police officers.
Jacky specializes in adults with a history of relationship/attachment issues and complex trauma. She approaches sessions from a compassionate perspective that looks at your strengths.
Lenna specializes in working with people of all ages on experiences of trauma. She uses diverse approaches tailored to client preferences, from talk therapy, to brain-based work, to yoga. Her previous experience includes hospital and hotline work.
Clinical Events and Communications Manager
Julie works with adults and adolescents who’re coping with grief and loss, divorce, parenthood, anxiety, and depression. Her previous experience as a journalist helps her bring a sense of curiosity and appreciation for research to her work.
Erin specializes in working with both the body and mind in response to instances of trauma. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQI issues.
Director of Community Engagement
Alina offers both individual and couples therapy. Her expertise covers relationships, sexuality, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma.
Clinical Program Manager
Clinical Program Director
Ann has extensive experience working with the adoption triad (including adoptees, those considering adoption, and birth parents), grief and loss, and life transitions. She believes in using a strengths-based perspective and and non-judgmental environment to work towards positive change.
Neurofeedback & EMDR Supervisor
Melanie draws on psychodynamic therapy, bodily responses, and brain-based therapies to support her clients. She specializes in depression and mania, anxiety, life changes, grief, and trauma. Melanie is the Viva Center’s Neurofeedback and EMDR Supervisor.
Regina uses techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, neurofeedback, and more to treat issues such as grief, anxiety, and trauma. She has extensive experience working with chronic and terminal illness in a hospital setting. Regina is passionate about working with companion animal bereavement.
Elizabeth works with adults coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, and chronic and terminal illness using EMDR, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as a bit of humor.
Founder & Strategist
Dr Julie Lopez is the owner and founder of the Viva Center. She is a court and media recognized trauma expert and is deeply committed to facilitating transformations on many levels. She is certified in EMDR and specializes in working with adult adoptees, sexual abuse survivors and sub-specializes in compulsive behaviors (addictions) of all varieties. She is also experienced in Brainspotting, transporting, and psychodynamic therapy. Julie teaches the post graduate training program on Trauma Informed Clinical Practice.