Founder/Director of Power of Mind, LLC
Master in Social Work, Catholic University of America
Hi, my name is Lily. I am a wife, mom, trauma-therapist, dog-lover and the owner of Power of Mind. I am bilingual, English and Spanish and have international experience working with non- governmental organizations (NGOs) . I’m certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I’m currently a EMDRIA consultant-in Training (CIT.) I enjoy running, culture, eating new foods, and traveling. Before deciding to become a therapist, I studied Justice, Public Policy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and considered going to Law School. Everyday that I practice my passion for helping youth achieve results and advocate for disadvantaged groups, I am reminded that I made the right choice.
After years of working in therapeutic group homes and Community Service Board settings I’ve learned some things about quality therapy:
1. Treatment of trauma takes specialized training and experience.
2. Children heal better and faster with their family and in their community.
3. Quality therapy should be accessible to all.
I opened my private practice in 2019 with the goal of putting all the valuable skills and principles I’ve learned over 14 years in one place. Giving clients an experience that defies the misinformation, stigmas, and stereotypes of therapy.
On behalf of Power of Mind, we thank you for our patronage and for letting us be a part of your success story.
Director of Assessments
Master in Social Work, Catholic University of America
Meet Kristen! Our Assessment Director. Kristen has vast clinical experience from completing psychiatric assessments (adults, adolescent, and children) in a medical hospital setting, to working with military population (both active duty and retirees.) She further has experience working with active duty service members diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Kristen has international experience working with refugees in the Philippines after post-graduate school. In 2022, she received an Outstanding Award for Civilian Service for her work with Afghan evacuees from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Kristen's strength include assessing, case conceptualization, diagnosing, crisis management skills, and explaining what kids/adults need. When Kristen isn’t being a therapist she’s watching cooking shows, traveling, kickboxing, and playing with her dog/cats. If she wasn’t practicing therapy she would raise or work with therapy dogs. Kristen believes that going to therapy empowers an individual.
Masters in Social Work, Rhode Island College
Monique is an experienced Youth Trauma Therapist. She describes herself as honest, silly, calm bodied, heart-historian who believes that therapy should be half work and half fun. She generally see ages 8-30, but teens are her favorite. She believes firmly that youth should be treated in collaboration of parent partnership(s.) Monique grew up in New England and studied literature and journalism before discovering her gift for therapy while teaching at a behavior middle school for boys. Monique's passion and specialization is in trauma and genuinely enjoys working with individual/families with complex issues. When she not geeking-out on therapy stuff, she is riding her scooter, speaking French, or cooking soup.
Monique's therapy philosophies are as follows,
-Therapy is a place to figure out what you’d like to be better at.
-Therapy has a beginning and end.
-Change with children starts with the family.
Masters in Social Work, George Mason University
Meet Jackie, who comes with many bells and whistles! Born in East California, but raised by a military family living in different states, Jackie eventually settled in Virginia . She did exceptional work for several years in the child welfare industry helping kids of complex families secure safety and stability. She actively works in Alexandria City Public Schools as the Homeless Education and Foster Care liaison for youth/families who are displaced. Prior to this, Jackie had extensive experience working DCHS Child Welfare for nine years as a foster care worker. Her approach includes a trauma-informed lens and teens are her favorite population.
When she's not defending social justice issues such as racial inequality, homelessness, and poverty, she's cycling, making crafts, and enjoying being a mother of biracial daughters.
Leadership & Life Coach
Meet David, our Leadership & Life Coach! David is starting a new chapter in his life with us as he closes one with the military. He was born and raised in Waco, Texas, and after discovering he needed more structure in his life, he joined the military. David has spent most of his time in Army Special Operations, where he trained, advised, and led some of the nation’s finest. He is focused on helping people identify their challenges, identify their goals, and create small sustainable patterns that create value in their lives. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and focusing on fitness.
Chief of Operations
Master of Business Administration, Strayer University
This is Carmen. For all things billing, insurance, payment and daily operations, Carmen handles it all. With 13 years of administration and finance, she enjoys the business side of therapy. But Carmen says her real superpower is customer service which puts you in good hands for all your insurance and payment matters. When she’s not crunching numbers, Carmen likes to spend time in nature, with her family and doing household projects with her husband. She’s enjoys interior designing and would love to own a shop selling handmade knickknacks. Carmen believes that therapy is not a “bad” word but instead a healthy choice that can be beneficial to anyone.
Meet Polo! POM’s therapy-dog in training! Polo is a labradoodle actively training to serve as a therapy-dog.
What is a therapy-dog?
A therapy-dog is more than a cute, happy pup that’s fun to pet and play with. It’s a specific breed or mixed-breed of dog that’s selected for its demeanor and intelligence and then undergoes a specialized certification process to assist in clinical therapy—distinguishing it from emotional support animal.
Studies show that therapy-dogs can be super helpful with reducing stress, sadness, grief, loneliness and improving a range mental-health issues from anxiety to PTSD.
While a therapy-dog has a natural ability to provide comfort and safety, it does this on a therapeutic level by helping clients to communicate difficult emotions and “ground.” Grounding or re-orienting to presence and safety, is a crucial safety practice used regularly at POM because it’s essential to helping clients tolerate the treatment work and learn to self-soothe. Polo’s skills for grounding make this healing process more fun and easy for youth. He’s also just a really great dog!
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