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.
Clinical Program Director
Director of External Engagement
Alina uses cognitive behavioral techniques with a strengths based perspective in her work with individuals, couples, and groups. She specializes in relationship issues, anxiety, sexuality, and trauma.
Clinical Program Coordinator
Kristin works with clients who may be experiencing complex trauma, mental illness, substance abuse, relationship challenges, and self-esteem issues. She primarily uses a psychodynamic and relational approach to therapy. Kristin is also experienced in Neurofeedback.
Jacky specializes in adults with a history of attachment issues and complex trauma. She intentionally approaches sessions from a compassionate and strengths-based perspective.
Anne uses expressive arts, mindfulness, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and somatic approaches to work with trauma and loss, particularly related to sexual and intimate partner violence. She has worked both within the US and globally to support community responses to HIV, gender-based violence, and women’s health.
Lenna specializes in working with people of all ages on experiences of trauma. In addition to EMDR and Psychodynamic therapy, she is trained in trauma-informed yoga. Her previous experience includes hospital and hotline work.
Erin specializes in trauma offering mindful, strengths-based therapeutic services to both individuals and groups. She attends to both the somatic (body) and emotional responses and can incorporate Brainspotting into her work.
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.
Melanie draws on psychodynamic therapy, somatic experience, EMDR and Neurofeedback in her practice to support her clients. She specializes in mood regulation disorders, anxiety, life cycle changes, grief and trauma. Melanie is the Viva Center’s Neurofeedback 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.
Clinical Systems Coordinator
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.