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Dandelion Psychotherapy, PLLC

Our Therapists

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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Anne-marie ruwe

student therapist/msw student

Anne-Marie Ruwe is Dandelion’s newest intern. She is a first 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 who are uninsured or under-insured on a sliding scale basis! You can reach her at [email protected]


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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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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Psychology Today 

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

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.

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