“You deserve to be here just as much as anyone else in this world”
Carlee uses an integrative approach in her practice that draws from various effective techniques, all based on the individual needs of her clients. She strives to provide treatment that is nuanced in all areas using a lens that is trauma-informed and multicultural. She typically uses methods from dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness training, and other empowerment-based approaches.
Carlee is also trained in EMDR, which is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method shown to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences.
Carlee is passionate about working with survivors of trauma, particularly survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as clients struggling with depression/suicidal thoughts, anxiety, low self-esteem, and addiction.
She is able to serve clients based in Washington, DC.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness Practice
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Empowerment-Based (Feminist Perspective)
- Trauma-Informed Approach
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certification
- Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training (CPI) Certification
Previous Clinical Experience
Carlee has worked in various settings throughout her journey as a mental health professional. As a sexual assault advocate, she worked with survivors at hospitals and SAFE centers who were recently assaulted. She has additional experience in sexual violence and domestic violence from her work with survivors at a local women’s shelter in Florida. Carlee also served as a suicide hotline specialist for a crisis agency in Florida, where she eventually became the Lead Maternal Health Specialist.
Carlee has experience working in long-term and short-term residential treatment settings for clients with moderate to severe mental illnesses. Additionally, she has worked with clients in a private setting at her school’s mental health clinic.
Carlee received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. She received dual degrees in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Social Work as an undergraduate at Florida State University.
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First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.