MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN
Ailish Riggs Dermody, Intern Counselor
firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-813-0696
Many of us have found ourselves overwhelmed by the expectations put on us by others and ourselves. Past traumas may have us repeating patterns and cycles in our relationships that don’t serve us. We may put aside our problems or stuff our feelings about our losses, putting them on the back burner to deal with later, only to realize they have started to boil over. In an effort to cope, we may engage in behaviors that prevent us from being the best version of ourselves. Often these difficult life transitions put us in a state of upheaval, leaving us feeling hopeless, anxious or depressed.
Seeking therapy is a big step – and a brave one.
I am here to meet you where you are, to validate your experiences, and offer insight and perspective – with respect, empathy, and compassion. You have your own strengths and inner resources that have brought you this far. I would like to help you find meaning and purpose by activating those resources and introducing new tools to help you better address life’s challenges.
In my previous career I was a theater artist, director, and instructor. I am a San Francisco native and also an Irish citizen, calling Dublin my home for many years. My own life experience has led me to a special interest in the areas of grief and loss, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, substance abuse, and anxiety and depression. I have a long history of advocacy and allyship with the LGBTQI+ community and as a military spouse, I have a deep understanding of how challenging life transitions can be. I have an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory and will complete my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University in the spring of 2022. I am supervised by Shannon Graves, Resident in Counseling.
Email: email@example.com Call or text: 202-813-0696