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Our Therapists

Erika Bugaj, MA, MSW, LICSW

Director & Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Erika Bugaj is a licensed independent clinical social worker practicing in Washington, DC. Erika has many years of experience as a social worker and therapist, and three years of experience as a teacher. She has held social work positions helping adult survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence; meeting the complex needs of homeless families with young children; and providing counseling and resources to families receiving care on the inpatient pediatric units of a teaching hospital. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, Erika completed a two-year commitment with Teach For America, teaching second grade in DC Public Schools. She holds a Master of Teaching, Elementary degree from Trinity Washington University, and a Master of Social Work, Clinical degree from The Catholic University of America. Erika completed the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry in 2013, which is a two year postgraduate certificate program for mental health professionals specializing in providing therapy with children, teens, and families. She resides in Washington, DC with her children and rescue dog.

Erika resides in Washington, DC but provides telemental health services to residents Washington, DC,  Maryland and New York, as she is licensed in those jurisdictions.

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Jamie Alongi, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist 

Jamie Alongi is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing in Washington, DC for over five years. Jamie received her MSW from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her Certificate in School Social Work. Jamie currently works for District of Columbia Public Schools as a school social worker. She works with students with many different needs such as learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, social skills deficits, executive functioning difficulties and more. Before earning her MSW, Jamie was a 5th grade teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina for four years through Teach For America and received her Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jamie has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and believes in the importance of the client-therapist relationship. When she’s not working, Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, exercising, and listening to podcasts.

Lauren Blackwood, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Lauren Blackwood is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington, DC. Lauren has six years of experience as a social worker and therapist, and two years of experience as a classroom teacher. She attended the University of Maryland, School of Social Work where she earned an MSW in Clinical Social Work. Her training includes advanced internships in Baltimore City Public Schools and the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD clinic. She completed two years of post-graduate clinical supervision at Harford Belair, Community Mental Health Center, providing psychotherapy for individuals with a variety of diagnoses, including depression, executive functioning disorder, substance abuse, anxiety, PTSD, and life adjustment issues. She currently works for District of Columbia Public Schools supporting children and families who struggle with challenging/defiant behaviors, executive functioning skills, social skills, depression, and anxiety. Trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and systemic approaches, Lauren tailors sessions to meet each patient’s unique needs. She places an emphasis on creating a safe environment where patients feel supported in working towards their therapy goals. In her free time she enjoys practicing self-care activities such as hiking, running, and spending time with friends and family.

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Patrick DiSalvo, MST, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Patrick DiSalvo is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing in Washington, DC for more than four years. He earned a Masters of Social Work at Catholic University in 2015. Patrick currently works for KIPP DC at one of its high school locations as a mental health practitioner. He helps support students with a variety of needs, such as: mood dysregulation; ADHD, anxiety, trauma, social skills deficits, Autism, and more. In addition to his MSW, Patrick also has a Master’s degree in the Science of Teaching with a focus on special education, and was a Teach for America corps member in New York City. Patrick has worked with youth for 12 years, as a special education teacher, after-school director, and a middle and high school social worker.

Patrick places the upmost importance on getting to know his clients and meeting each person wherever they are at. He enjoys helping clients grow by assisting them in recognizing their own strengths and resiliencies. Patrick has experience utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive therapy, Strengths-Based therapy, and at times incorporates mindfulness and art into sessions as well. Whatever a client needs to reach treatment goals! In his free time, Patrick enjoys cooking, playing and watching sports, getting outdoors, and spending time with his family and dog.

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Psychology Today

Camille White, MA, MS, LPC, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor/Psychotherapist

Camille White is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, D. C. with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She currently serves as a professional k-12 school counselor in the District of Columbia Public School system at the middle school level. Her graduate education includes a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College and a MA in School Counseling from Trinity Washington University. Her background as both a teacher and school counselor has allowed her grow the skills it takes to make strong connections with clients helping them overcome obstacles to their social-emotional well-being and access to success. Some of these obstacles include extreme emotional sensitivity, family separation, divorce, anxiety, identity, and past trauma. Camille offers an integrative therapy approach with a strong skill base in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, mindfulness and the arts. The needs and goals of the individual client, determines the approach. Clients can expect a safe and nurturing space where they learn to use their strengths to help them grow. Camille lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children. In her free time, she is an avid crafter who enjoys knitting, collage art, puzzles and journaling.

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Zachary Shaeffer, MDiv, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist

Zack is a licensed clinical social worker working as a therapist with children, adolescents, and adults. A native of California, Zack was a Washington,DC resident for over ten years, before relocating to Seattle, WA. He is very committed to improving access to mental health for kids. Zack specializes in work with children, teens, and college students, but also has extensive experience working with adults and a desire to help people of all ages to improve their mental wellness and function at their best. Zack uses primarily psychodynamic and play therapy modalities, but is knowledgeable about other methods and willing to work with clients' needs. Having received his MSW from Catholic University in DC, Zack is committed to being a lifelong learner, and is currently enrolled in the Child and Adolescent Therapy program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Zack is a great believer in the benefits of therapy for people of all ages as they cope with stress and seek to better understand themselves and be their best in relationships, at school, and at work.

Zack is currently located in Seattle, WA but he provides telemental health services to clients in both Washington, DC and Washington State, as he is licensed in both jurisdictions.