Tina Kavarligos graduated from George Mason University with a degree in psychology in 2000, and went on to obtain her Master's Degree from Argosy University before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over 20 years of experience working in the human services field in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospitals, day treatment programs, home-based counseling, outpatient and residential programs.
Tina began working with adults, adolescents and families in 1998, and has worked passionately to provide services to them since that time. She has provided services for a range of other populations as well, including people struggling with substance use problems and severe mental illness, and has had a special certification to work with people with traumatic brain injuries. Tina speaks fluent Greek as well.
Tina's Email Quote: To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the genuine appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! - Emerson -
Courtney is able to meet you in your walk and help you through your journey by building a solid relationship. You are not alone. Courtney’s goal in therapy is for you to always understand she is on your side no matter how difficult facing your challenges can be, big or small. Courtney welcomes diversity and prides herself in being open-minded.
Courtney’s experience is with helping individuals going through crisis; such as mourning a death of a loved one or being diagnosed with a medical illness. Courtney considers herself to be a spiritual person and is open to all types of religion. Courtney’s approach to therapy depends on the client’s goals; however, Courtney tends to be more life purpose driven by helping to establish values that are part of a meaningful life.
Courtney’s interests are in health and wellness, and she enjoys learning about new technology. She is an animal lover and a dog mom. Her spirit animal is the Sloth, in-which she admires the ability to slow down and focus on the positive.
Courtney has been a military spouse for over fifteen years and can offer a personal insight to the challenges military families face. Lots of unknowns have been part of Courtney’s life and learning healthy ways to acclimate and being resilient are the positives Courtney has taken from it.
Human behavior is what interests Courtney the most and is one of the reasons she decided to achieve her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Psychology from Park University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Courtney continues to look forward to more opportunities to learn and grow as a therapist. Helping others is her life’s passion.
Favorite Quote: “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” ~Wayne Dyer
Wendy CDebaca has experienced the military life from all aspects, as a child, a member, a spouse and parent through her own children’s experiences.
She also worked for the government before beginning her journey to become a therapist. Witnessing and experiencing the toll that working and moving through many life adjustments can take, she entered this field to assist others through those experiences. During her program she found that there were many other groups that she was interested in helping and seeks to aid others who are working through issues that present from all areas of life. She whole heartedly believes that with education and support, clients can be assisted in developing skills and techniques that will enable them to feel success and regain control in areas that they have sought to overcome.
While each client requires a tailored approach given their own story, Wendy’s overall arc is naturally toward humanistic, cognitive behavioral therapy and a systems approach. Clients all have strengths in which they will be able to work from and she endeavors to emphasize this in all her interactions. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Wendy earned her M.S. in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University in Nebraska.
“Meanings are not determined by situations. We determine ourselves by the meanings we ascribe to situations.”- Alfred Adler.
Lauren Doroski earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work
from George Mason University, and is now working towards her license to
practice as a LCSW.
She is excited to join the team at Vanguard Therapy !
Lauren has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families
from a variety of backgrounds. She utilizes a strengths-based approach with all
of her clients, and tailors the specific interventions to individual clients’ needs.)
Lauren and her husband have two children and two dogs, and on days off they
like to spend time together doing family activities. Lauren also enjoys reading,
baking, and going for walks.)
“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left- in nature, sunshine, freedom, in
yourself; these can all help you.”))-Anne Frank)
Shaina Chandler is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Trauma Provider. Shaina earned her graduate degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Shaina focuses on a holistic, strength-based approach and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Shaina utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, creative expression, and solution-focused interventions when working with individuals, families, and couples.
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Provider and a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Provider, Shaina is able to support clients managing difficult past experiences and current grief. Shaina describes a goal of “learning what has happened to a person, and not judging what is wrong with them. My goal is to identify strengths, enhance coping skills, and work towards healing.”
Vanguard Therapy was founded by Nancy Shawki LCSW-C, and was created on the tenets of an eclectic style of therapy utilizing different treatment modalities to assist clients in reaching their optimal level of functioning. Nancy believes that people have the capacity to change provided they are afforded the right atmosphere. At Vanguard Therapy treatment methods are always customized to help meet each client’s or family’s needs. Nancy uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including eclectic, cognitive-behavioral, DBT, life coaching, solution-focused, family therapy,couples therapy, and individual therapy.
Nancy has been in the field of social work for over 10 years and has broad range of experience varying from the mental health arena, adolescence and the school system, families & couples and individual therapy, domestic violence victims & perpetrators, case management, crisis intervention, and child protective services. These experiences in the field of social work have provided me with a well-rounded exposure to a variety of social service settings that I feel have prepared me to work well and adapt to any situation in the mental health and field of social work. My goal as a therapist is to provide a healthy, nurturing, and professional atmosphere that allows my clients to feel supported in their journey to wellness. As a therapist, I always feel honored when clients feel comfortable to express their deepest thoughts and private life story and journeys because each one is very sacred and precious.
Nancy feels being a counselor and therapist is an honor and privilege to help others heal in their journeys in life. It is a very intimate moment and dynamic in therapy when a client fully trusts me and allows me in their lives by telling me their journey and personal story. As a therapist, I’m excited to depart my clients with knowledgeable information that they can utilize as coping skills or tools to enhance their relationships and lives.
Nancy and her husband are the proud parents of two young girls and when she is away from the office she enjoys spending time with her family creating memories. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, scrap booking, music, engaging in public speaking events about wellness and mental health, and volunteering in the community. Nancy serves as a volunteer couples group leader helping couples have enriched and happy marriages.
Elizabeth Arrowood began her professional career as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist after receiving a B.S.in Education in 1996 from the University of Kansas. She continued her education with a Masters in Counseling in 2006 from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, completing her internship in a recovery treatment center.
Elizabeth became a Certified Yoga Instructor in 2012 and finds mindfulness meditation and other mind/body healing modalities to be invaluable in her own pursuit of fulfillment and healing, as well as being complementary to her therapy practice.
Elizabeth’s strengths include her intuition to help clients navigate their therapeutic process, as well as her clinical knowledge and skills to tailor their treatment according to their needs. She blends various approaches, such as Client-centered Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies to meet client goals. She has worked with all populations in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, residential, substance abuse treatment, and crisis stabilization and has helped lead substance abuse and eating disorder groups. Elizabeth’s passion is helping her clients with a holistic approach to find their own inner wisdom to transform their lives.
Elizabeth has a playful, caring spirit and strongly believes that everyone already has what they need inside to create the positive change they desire. When she is not meeting with clients she enjoys spending time with her devoted husband and two wonderful daughters. She loves playing outdoors, dabbling in the arts, and she hopes to swim with dolphins in the wild one day.
“The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want , you already are.” RUMI
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My name is Crystal McCamley, and I am a mother of two sons and hold an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.
I formerly worked at an International Law Firm located in Washington D.C. as a Conference Services Coordinator. I started my former occupation in 2008 and worked there approximately four and a half years. I had the privilege of booking client meetings, ordering business meals, handled billing invoices for meetings, and coordinated Information Technology Services.
I am wife to a Sergeant in the Sheriff's Department, and am proud of the work my husband does to improve the quality of life for everyone he serves.
I am happy to join the Vanguard Therapy team, as I can see that this is a truly loving environment where growth is a natural part of working here with Nancy.
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Kimberly Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Virginia. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Human Services as well as Professional Counseling. Her therapy approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Compassion Focused.
Kimberly has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years with children, youth and adults. She has a passion for helping people from all walks of life manage their lives and achieve their goals through the use of therapy. Kimberly feels everyone should be afforded a safe environment to be their authentic selves in an effort to improve their overall health. Kimberly believes that therapy is a partnership in which the client and the individual walk side by side to success.
Kimberly’s favorite quote comes from the late Duke Ellington “there are two kinds of worries—those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.”
Hello, my name is Mariam! I’m the new receptionist at Vanguard Therapy and I’m excited to help our clients with all their therapy and administration needs. I just graduated from high school and will be attending NOVA community college. I’m seeking to pursue a degree in political science and obtain my Masters degree. I have a special interest in social activism and want to make positive changes in our world.
Here’s some fun facts about me! I just immigrated to the United States with my family from Egypt. I’m excited to explore and learn about the US (hence my accent). I’m fluent in Arabic and have a strong interest in learning new languages and cultures. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. In my free time, I enjoy adrenaline rush activities, music, and watching Turkish soap operas.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
I’m blessed to be given the opportunity to show our clients how much I care to help them in setting up their treatment journey!
My name is Taylor Wardle.
I believe that where you have been, the path you have taken, and the people in your life are all crucial parts of your journey. You have faced challenges unique to you and which can only be understood in the context of your story. I believe that through sharing your journey you are able to better identify the guideposts that will help you shape the path ahead of you.
As we will spend our time exploring your story, I think it only fair to share a synopsis of my own novel with you.
My personal and journey has been heavily informed by my experiences growing up as a deaf individual. Engaging those around me and forming meaningful connections proved difficult due to challenges in understanding what was being said and shared, especially because I spent most of my childhood reading lips. I did learn to communicate via American Sign Language in high school when I also obtained cochlear implants. Because of those natural barriers, when I did have the opportunity to meaningfully interact with someone, I treasured it! This impacted my understanding of how meaningful connections are created and maintained, and how they influence and enrich our lives. Because of these experiences, I approach therapy with a firm belief in an individual’s right to be actors in their own journey and shape their own stories.
“Small things were important. Seconds are small things, and if you heaped enough of those on top of one another, they became a man’s life” – Robert Jordan
I graduated from Virginia Tech in Falls Church, Virginia with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. My training is rooted in systemic thinking and I spent the last two years working in community-based settings such as the Center for Family Services, Mary’s Center in D.C., and the Veterans Behavioral Health Center. Within these settings I have worked with a variety of individuals, couples, and families. My work to date has centered around processing grief and loss, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.