Our therapists use a results-oriented approach designed to meet your unique needs. They are dedicated to empathetic, empowerment-based support.
Our therapists have either completed or are currently enrolled in our Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice certificate program. As such, they promote anti-racism, belief in the survivors of sexual assault, and other anti-discriminatory beliefs.
Many also participate in trainings on brain-based therapies, couples therapy, sensorimotor approaches, and more. Because Viva trainings and supervisions are either free or heavily subsidized, our therapists are able to place heavy emphasis on continued learning.
Every Viva therapist is fully licensed in their jurisdiction (DC, VA, MD, DE, CT, CA, NC) and is in good standing with their professional boards. Their rates for 45min sessions correlate to their training and experience as follows: Expert Clinicians $285/session; Senior Supervisors $270/session; Supervisors $255/session; Experienced Independent level $240/session; Licensed Independent Clinicians $225/session; Licensed Graduate Clinicians $210/session.
Elizabeth uses a mindful, strengths-based, family systems based approach to support adolescents, adults, families and groups. She specializes in substance use and the intersection of mental health and addictions. She implements EMDR to support her clients as well. Liz is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC, as well, is licensed to practice in Virginia and Delaware. Liz is the supervisor of the clinical program and is at the Senior Supervisory rate. She has been practicing as a clinical social worker for over 15 years.
Kristen incorporates mindfulness, behavioral and strengths-based approaches to help clients with PTSD, relationship concerns, anxiety and depression. She is trained in EMDR and dialectical-behavioral therapy. With a mindful and person-centered approach, she helps clients identify their strengths and learn skills to enhance wellbeing. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in D.C., and a Licensed Professional Counselor in U.S. Virgin Islands. Kristen is at the Independent level.
Lauren practices on the frameworks of intersectionality and cognitive-behavioral therapy to help clients understand their patterns, address family conflict and cope with depression, anxiety and grief. With a mindful, strength-based and trauma-informed approach, she is also certified in EMDR. As a licensed minister, she is able to incorporate spirituality into treatment. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, D.C. Lauren bills at the Independent level.
Carlee uses a trauma-informed and person-centered approach to support clients with depression, anxiety, addiction and low self-esteem. She is trained in EMDR, dialectical-behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and crisis prevention. Integrating her modalities, she facilitates healing and empowerment for survivors of trauma. She is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and able to serve clients based in Washington, D.C. Carlee is at the Graduate level.
Aurena uses mindfulness, person-centered, and yogic approaches to treat different forms of trauma in her clients. She’s trained in brain and body based modalities, including Brainspotting and EMDR, that create a safe environment for her clients to heal and explore. Aurena is a Licensed Resident in Counseling in Virginia (#0704014477), and a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in DC. Aurena is at the Graduate level.
Sheryl uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, as well as Brainspotting, to address issues of attachment and relationships, grief and loss, anxiety and depression. Sheryl has experience working with adults, families, couples, young adults, and children. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC, as well as a LCSW-C in MD, and LCSW in CA. Sheryl is at the supervisory rate, and has been practicing as a clinical social worker for over 8 years.
Rebeca implements a trauma-informed, mindfulness, Brainspotting and art-based approaches to treating different forms of trauma, in adolescents and adults. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington D.C, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina and a National Board Certified Art Therapist. Rebeca is at the Independent level.
Teayra uses her engaged person-centered approach, as well as Brainspotting, EMDR and Mindfulness, to help adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of trauma and emotional distress. Teayra has experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, race-based trauma, women’s issues, as well as grief and loss. Teayra is a Licensed Professional Counselor in DC, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in MD and a National Certified Counselor. Teayra is at the Experienced Independent level.
Hannah Braune Friedman
Hannah is an experienced trauma-informed therapist with over a decade of diverse experiences in the US and Israel. Her work experience includes, a domestic violence shelter, a rape crisis center, a mental health clinic, schools, and private settings. As such, she cherishes the opportunity to help her clients reduce anxiety, depression and many other normal symptoms coming out of trauma with implementation of mindfulness, EMDR, and Brainspotting. Hannah is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC, as well as a LCSW-C in MD and LCSW in CT. Hannah is at the Experienced Independent level.
Community Engagement Specialist
Alina offers both individual and couples therapy, and sex therapy. Her expertise covers relationships, sexuality, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma. Alina is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC. Alina is at the Independent level.
Megan uses mindfulness and experiential techniques along with Brainspotting. She specializes in PTSD, depression, relationship issues, and anxiety. Megan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC. Megan is at the Independent level.
Stacey utilizes techniques from body-oriented psychotherapies, mindfulness and brain-based therapies. She specializes in supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, major life transitions, and those working to recover from traumatic experiences. Stacey is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC. Stacey is at the Independent level.
Community Engagement Specialist
Regina uses techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, and much 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. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC. Regina is at the Independent level.
Dr. Julie Lopez
Julie is the founder of the Viva Center and the creator of the Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice course. She offers short-term, intensive treatment for interested clients, which incorporates brain and body-based approaches like EMDR. Julie is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) of DC. Julie is at the Expert level.