Clinical Internship Program Details

Primary Contact: Stephanie Natter, Clinical Director

Email: info@expressivetherapycenter.com

Phone: 301-869-1017 ext. 1 

Site Description: Outpatient private practice, offering individual, family, and couples  counseling as well as group therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Opportunities for many  face-to-face hours and preferences for specific clientele considered. Opportunities to conduct  comprehensive psychological assessments. Presenting problems include Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment issues, social skills, ADHD, school related difficulties, behavioral challenges, self-esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, relationships,  job-related stress, divorce, blended families, assertiveness training, anger management,  parenting, grief and loss, addictions, and trauma recovery. Weekly individual and group  supervision provided. Multidisciplinary approach used, providing extensive opportunities to  collaborate with school guidance counselors, teachers, psychiatrists, internists, and pediatricians.  Staff works from a variety of orientations, including psychodynamic, CBT, family systems, Gottman method, DBT techniques, play therapy, art therapy and other expressive modalities. 

Required Application Materials: CV or resume, Cover Letter

and 2 letters of recommendation Application materials

should be emailed to info@expressivetherapycenter.com 

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Anjanette Blunt

Anjanette Blunt has been employed by the Federal Government since 1998 and has over eight years of military service to her credit.
Ms. Blunt attained her B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of New Orleans, M.A. degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, MO., her M.S. degree in Psychology from Walden University, and is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (specializing in forensic psychology) at Walden University. Anjanette is also an etiquette coach and has recently achieved her Mindfulness Life Coach Certification.

 

She currently works with clients diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, and autism. Her techniques include CBT, ACT, and REBT, including play therapy and mindfulness-based interventions.
Ms. Blunt is  currently the President and Treasurer of City Shelter Community Nonprofit Housing Corporation, which was started in 1992 in Detroit, Michigan, by her father, Jayson Blunt. Mr. Blunt created the foundation to operate group homes that provided community services and housing facilities for persons of low income, persons of moderate income, and persons whose income did not exceed the Michigan Public Acts limits. Ms. Blunt has also established corporations in the DMV area to host creative art shows at different venues for young aspiring artists.

 

After completion of her doctoral program, Ms. Blunt plans to teach psychology at the university
level and practice clinical psychology. She also aspires to be a resident therapist for City Shelter,
Inc. to help millennials cope with their issues, promote healing and self-care, and assist youth
with developing life management skills.

Xinwe Dong

Xinwe Dong is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) primarily focusing on work with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in helping children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, trauma, depression, ADHD and social skills as well as their families. With an integrative and support based approach, her goal is to help clients build self-esteem and learn the skills they need to cope with lives with less struggle outside of and within the family. Xinwe utilizes multiple forms of therapy including play therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, and Art therapy techniques to create a unique experience for each client.

Gabriella Iskin

Gabriella Iskin is from Queens, New York City where she grew up training in different styles of dance, playing the piano, and designing handmade greeting cards. She has taught ballroom and Latin dancing to individuals of all ages. Gabriella Iskin graduated  from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. During her undergraduate studies, Gabriella was involved with the Learning and Development Lab where she did research on child and adult language learning and acquisition. She was a clinical counselor at the NYU Summer Program for Kids where she worked with children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other comorbid disorders such as anxiety, depression, and autism. She led the arts department at the camp, worked one-on-one with children on coping skills, and worked with parents to implement positive treatments in the home environment. She is currently a second-year clinical doctorate candidate at George Washington University. She has been trained in conducting phone interviews, clinical intakes for therapy and assessment patients, as well as providing both teletherapy and in-person therapy and assessment. She is certified in the Assessment and Treatment of Tics and Tourette’s Disorder. 

Sarah Jacques

Sarah Jacques is a final-year MSW student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. At her previous internship with UMB's Office of Educational Support & Disability Services, Ms. Jacques served as an academic coach, providing comprehensive and holistic support to students struggling with the added stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. This internship and her studies at UMB have provided Ms. Jacques with strong skills in areas key for competent client support such as clinical treatment and interventions, assessment, motivational interviewing, and human behavior. Ms. Jacques additionally gained extensive experience in crisis counseling where she honed her clinical skills in a fast-paced environment, serving clients in severe emotional distress. She utilizes modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy, and Narrative Therapy in her practice. Above all, Ms. Jacques wants to serve as a resource and source of support for clients as they empower themselves to find their own right solutions.

Nathan Leslie

Nathan Leslie attained his bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.  Mr. Leslie then went on to work at the Meier/Watkins Neurobiology lab at the University of Colorado for two years as a Research Associate.  The work conducted in this lab was advanced neurobiology research dedicated to looking at the neurological mechanisms of PTSD and anxiety disorders down to the cellular level.  After this experience, Mr. Leslie decided to change paths and pursue a career in clinical psychology, where he felt he could provide help to those in need more directly.  

Mr. Leslie is currently a fourth year student in George Washington Universities' Professional Psychology Program.  He has gained experience working with adults and adolescents, and has a particular interest in working with those who struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, or severe mental illness.  Mr. Leslie has presented his case work at discussion groups two years in a row at the American Psychoanalytic Association's national yearly conference with his past supervisor and mentor, Dr. Michael Krass.  These presentations focused on the use of analytically-oriented psychotherapy with adults on the Autism Spectrum with co-occurring trauma-related symptoms. 

Mr. Leslie is trained to work with a diverse range of clients, and has gained training in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Family/Systems therapy, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  He prides himself on providing a warm and supportive environment for his clients where they can feel comfortable exploring their emotions and gain insight into the underlying causes of their symptoms.  
 

Jamar Nash

Mr. Jamar Nash earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in psychology with a focus on social wellness and human services. Mr. Nash is currently a doctoral candidate at Howard University in Washington, D.C. whose focus is treating children, adolescents and young adults.

 

Mr. Nash has experience and training within the DC Public Charter School system as well as inpatient care at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. Mr. Nash has completed full psychological and neuropsychological assessments, conducted classroom observations with the goal of providing accommodations to children and adolescents in the school environment, and has presented to several audiences on trauma and police brutality.

 

Mr. Nash prides himself on providing fair and honest communication with a diverse range of patients and quality resources for parents and caregivers.

Kristen Pilgrim

Kristen Pilgrim is a final year Masters of Drama Therapy student at Lesley University and a Registered Behavior Technician with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and Psychology from the College of William and Mary and has worked within behavioral therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum for the past 5 years. 

 

Ms. Pilgrim has been a professional director, actor, and fight choreographer in the DC area for the past 10 years. She is a teaching artist affiliated with several educational theatre companies and has worked with kids from elementary through high school on original musicals, straight plays, and Shakespeare. Ms. Pilgrim currently teaches with ArtStream, an inclusive theatre company for adults with cognitive/developmental disabilities. 

 

Drama therapy uses elements of theatre, like storytelling, relationships, and physical action to explore challenges and issues. We use these tools in addition to more traditional talk therapy to take advantage of the mind/body connection.