Vivian obtained her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1988 from Alabama A & M University, and has additional coursework from Loyola University, Towson University, and Johns Hopkins.
She has been practicing for over 25 years in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology working predominantly with children and teens. She has worked at Georgetown University Child Development Center, Head Start, Kennedy Krieger, and Villa Maria Family and Children Services.
Vivian utilizes a family-centered and solution focused model in which she considers family history and family involvement to be very important. Families can be a resource to understanding issues and in moving towards healthier and happier family system of support. All people are interconnected, and those connections are important to understanding who we are and how to move forward.
Vivian’s specializations include working with teens and students with AD/HD, anxiety, or depression while offering a number of support services to families. Combining complimentary practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy and neurocounseling, she is able to offer specific insight in the mind-body connection. Other mindfulness based practices (yoga, meditation, qigong), and expressive approaches (art and sand tray) round out her approach to working with children and young adults.
Parents are an integral part of the helping process for their child. Enhancing personal strengths is fundamental, therefore, parental investment in the process of therapy is critical. Adding coping skills, exploring different ways of looking at a problem, and self-discovery are paramount in becoming an emotionally healthy individual.
Certified Family Trauma Professional- IATP
Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT Universe – Tapping – Level 1 certification
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens: Certification
Sand Tray Therapy – Continuing Education hours completed for Level 1 Certification