It is my belief that who we are authentically, at any given moment, is strong and capable of moving through healing with intention and with all the tools needed to embrace our best selves.
We are each one of a kind. Therefore, it’s my therapeutic practice to creatively and collaboratively cultivate the supportive space that each individual needs to safely move through their own healing journey.”
Raven uses a trauma-informed, culturally conscious and social justice advocate lens to work with various populations. She specializes in working with adolescents and adults that have experienced trauma associated with adoption/foster care, addiction, domestic and sexual violence, sexuality/identity and more.
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Approach
- Motivational interviewing
- Strength-Based Therapy
Raven has a breadth of experience with the child welfare system in Washington, D.C. She provides strong support to families and children across the District, using various counseling and therapeutic techniques. This experience has given her exposure to complex family dynamics, trauma and the resiliency and strength of those impacted by family separation and loss.
Raven previously worked as a Substance Use Treatment Counselor in an outpatient treatment program that served the LGBTQ+ community. Her clinical experience expanded her expertise in working with individuals, couples, families and mutual-aid groups.
Raven also served as domestic violence and sexual assault advocate.
Raven received her Master of Social Work from New York University and her Bachelor of Social Work from Rutgers University. She has held a social work license in New Jersey, New York and now in the District. She is planning to pursue a Doctorate degree and creative art therapy certification in the future.
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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.
Financial Agreement 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
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