S. Vanessa Howard

“It’s not about getting the feeling out of the mind, or hiding it, but about experiencing it with acceptance”
-- Carl Rogers

Therapist (M.A.) - Offering in-person & virtual therapy

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hi! I'm S. Vanessa Howard,

Are you tired of hearing “you’re just nervous, you’ll get over it”? Or worried your family won’t accept your partner due to racial differences? Maybe you’re recognizing that what you’re experiencing warrants more than “just talking it through”? As a therapist, part of my role is to help you identify your strengths and areas for growth. Many of which may have roots in your cultural upbringing. Culture can affect almost everything. Whether, the range of emotions we access, how we parent, or how we build and sustain interpersonal relationships. In our work together, you can develop new ways of navigating life while staying true to who you are.

Together, we can explore how your upbringing, past and current relationships, as well as additional factors, have contributed to your current distress. Thus, I look forward to meeting you at the intersection of compassion, warmth, and acceptance as you embark on your healing journey.

Why I’m a therapist 

As a 1st generation immigrant from Togo, West Africa, I have learned that my worldview is greatly shaped by my culture and traditions. Over time, I have also recognized the impact of my culture on the range of emotions I access, my approach to parenting my children, and how I build and sustain interpersonal relationships.

From personal experience, I believe that some of our patterns of behavior and ways of viewing the world are culturally bound. Therefore, it can be challenging to identify our actions and ways of thinking as a source of pain or as hurting us. Because of how culturally ingrained it has become. I enjoy exploring clients’ cultural backgrounds and supporting them in carefully revealing ways of approaching life that are no longer beneficial to them. All the while developing new, more adaptive ways of navigating life's challenges.

Why I love being a therapist 

Being a part of someone’s healing journey as they gain knowledge and understanding of their life is a privilege. As a therapist, I rely heavily on the power of the therapeutic relationship I develop with clients. I love being an agent of growth and creating a space through which revelations are achieved and insight is gained.

My specific areas of focus

My therapeutic style

Everyone is unique and thus needs a carefully tailored approach to therapy. Therefore, I utilize an integrative approach to therapy combining Person-Centered and Psychodynamic theories.

My education and experience

I am a Registered Psychology Associate under the supervision of Dr. Cathy Sullivan-Windt. I received a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson University. Currently, I'm a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Loyola University Maryland. Also, I have over 5 years of experience in mental health ranging from intensive in-home care to serving as an adjunct professor of psychology. As a wife, a mother, a sister, and a daughter, I have also learned many things along the way!

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