Erin Karlson MSW, received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She attended undergrad at George Mason University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and minored in Early Childhood Special Education. She also attended Northern Virginia Community College where she obtained a Career Studies Certificate in American Sign. This experience has provided her with an increased understanding and knowledge of the Deaf community.
Erin has a unique understanding of child development in the birth to three age range, after working for three years at Early Intervention where she was a certified early intervention specialist. She gained extensive knowledge in various childhood disabilities, disorders and delays and how these challenges not only impact the child, but the family as a whole. Erin also has over 5 years of experience working in child welfare, and spent over two years working with older children ages five to fourteen in a residential setting. She has experience leading support groups for parents of children who were born prematurely, as well as parents of children who had been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In addition to her extensive work with children Erin has also spent time providing counseling services to survivors of domestic violence, with a particular focus on helping them to find safe housing as well as working with couples to strengthen their relationship and to co-parent more effectively.
Erin pulls from a few different theoretical orientations, strengths based typically within CBT framework or a more Humanistic approach. It is important for a person to be able to identify the positive aspects of their life and then build on those revelations to improve coping and overall wellness. Being able to start to understand motivations, thoughts and feelings can be a powerful tool to modify or change patterns that are not working for an individual. Erin also believes in a holistic approach to problem solving and is enthusiastic in her goal to help clients make meaningful and sustainable changes.
In her free time Erin enjoys spending time with her family, photography, baking and going to the pool.
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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 wholistic, 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.”
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Mackenzie Ayers, MSW, LMHP-S, Supervisee in Social Work, earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was awarded the Anne Fischer scholarship for her promise as a budding clinician working with youth and families. She received her Bachelor’s Degree, also in Social Work, graduating from George Mason University, summa cum laude.
Mackenzie has a passion for social work’s approach to understanding the context for which emotional struggles and mental illnesses develop. During her studies, Mackenzie’s experience and training focused on providing trauma-focused treatment to survivors of childhood trauma. Mackenzie’s post-graduate work included specialized training and experience in treating eating disorders. Professionally, Mackenzie has experience working in the outpatient, intensive in-home, residential, and inpatient levels of care treating children, adolescents, families, and adults with various relational and emotional struggles. In her work, Mackenzie pulls from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic approaches to therapy. Mackenzie is a strong proponent of involving loved ones in her clients’ care and has experience leading caregiver support groups and family therapy. Mackenzie is an active volunteer and in this capacity has spoken to and led groups for individuals, treatment providers, and families in various settings about mental health and recovery. In her free time Mackenzie enjoys dancing, exploring nature, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
Tina 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 -
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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 Deputy Sheriff, 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.
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.