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Dandelion Psychotherapy, PLLC


Zyer Beaty, PhD, LGPC

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor/Staff Psychotherapist​

Zyer Beaty is a licensed graduate professional counselor in Washington, DC. Zyer has over 6

years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She has a heart for

youth, education, travel, and mental health. Zyer currently serves as a high school counselor in

the DC Public School System. Zyer spent most of her childhood overseas, but was raised in

Atlanta, GA earning a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College, and both her Masters of

Education in professional counseling, and PhD in counselor education from the University of

Georgia. Her experiences abroad, provided her with a vast range of experiences working with

diverse clients across the world. Zyer infuses Solution Focused Therapy and the Black Feminist

Thought Framework to inform her work with clients through their process of self-actualization,

personal and social growth, challenges with anxiety, self-advocacy, self-confidence,

organization, and depression. In her free time, Zyer enjoys playing intramural volleyball,

reading, listening to music, traveling, and hanging out with friends. 

*Zyer is currently accepting new clients.

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Psychology Today profile coming soon!

Caroline Erickson

MSW Student ~ Student Therapist

Caroline  is a first year MSW student at Ohio State University, specializing in mental health counseling and substance use. She has over a decade of experience working with youth and adults in various settings, including community health, education & training, and human resources. Caroline began her career as a Sexuality and Health Educator with the Peace Corps and Planned Parenthood of New York City, where she facilitated education workshops for diverse groups of youth, as well as leading sessions to support parents, educators, and social workers in becoming more comfortable speaking about sexuality and gender. She also has five years of experience in Human Resources, specializing in Leadership and Management training and Diversity & Inclusion for non-profits, for-profits and political organizations. Caroline earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Women & Gender Studies. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and lives in Washington, DC with her partner. In her free time, Caroline enjoys getting outdoors, reading and writing, and attending local community events, especially slam poetry and standup comedy.

 *Caroline is currently accepting new clients.

Heather Ruiz, MSW, LGSW

Licensed Graduate Social Worker/Staff Psychotherapist​

Heather Ruiz is a licensed graduate social worker in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Heather has over five years of experience working with individuals and families in various settings, including crisis management and supportive counseling at a residential treatment center, servicing parents and children with complex needs at a family shelter, and providing outpatient psychotherapy to individuals with psychiatric diagnoses at a teaching hospital. She attended Columbia University in New York City where she earned an MSW in Advanced Clinical Practice and served as Student Union Representative, advocating for anti-oppressive practices in the classroom and emergency relief for students facing unforeseen circumstances. Her eclectic background in teaching, EdTech, and musical theatre has exposed her to diverse communities, encouraged her to address issues creatively, and adapt to individual needs. Heather offers a warm and holistic approach to therapy with strong roots in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and trauma-informed care. She is passionate about collaborating with clients on what works best for them and incorporates a variety of techniques, such as mindfulness, expressive arts, and role-playing to assist clients in reaching their goals. Heather promotes an authentic and positive environment where clients feel safe and empowered to create meaningful change. In her free time, she enjoys singing, traveling, taking her Goldendoodle to the park, and spending time with family. *Heather is currently not accepting new clients.

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Psychology Today

Shantius Jackson, MS, LPC

Licensed professional counselor/Psychotherapist

Shantius Jackson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, D. C. Shantius has many years of experience working with children, adolescentsand their families. She has held positions as Mental Health Counselor in the juvenile justice system and at a community based organization, as well as a Wrap Care Coordinator for a local non-profit. She currently serves as a Professional K-12 School Counselor in the DC area at the high school level. Her graduate education includes a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. Her background as both a Mental Health Counselor and School counselor has allowed her to develop skills to build a solid foundation with clients to overcome challenges and find the strength to excel. Some of the challenges have includeself-confidence, organization and structure, self-advocacy, anxiety, and family separation. Shantius offers a creative approach to therapeutic services with the foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-focused TherapyIn her free time, Shantius enjoys experimenting with new recipes, reading biographies, and planning creative events.

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Psychology Today

Anne-Marie Ruwe

MSW Student ~ Student Therapist

Anne-Marie Ruwe is a second year MSW student at Ohio State University specializing in mental health and substance misuse. She graduated from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2018 with her BA in Psychology. While there, Anne-Marie served as a research assistant studying intergroup dialogue and emotion regulation and achieved Phi Beta Kappa membership. She has experience as a crisis line operator and as a camp aide for special needs children. Anne-Marie is excited to expand her skillset and delve into the world of psychotherapy. Anne-Marie currently lives in Silver Spring, MD with her partner and their two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to podcasts, reading, and playing with her dogs.

*Anne-Marie is currently accepting new clients.

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.

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.

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 their rescue dog, and two kittens.

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