Maggie Welling, LMSW

“And still I Rise.” –Maya Angelou

She/Her/Hers

Columbia University School of Social Work, 2023/MS in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice

Currently accepting new clients on a case-by-case basis, and for a waitlist.

What’s therapy with me like? I am an inclusive, down-to-earth therapist who will celebrate your authentic self. I create a trauma-informed, collaborative, and calming atmosphere.

My holistic and collaborative approach brings a sense of humility and ease. I will treat you as a person, and understand that you are not your trauma or diagnosis. You embody great strengths and together we will explore and empower those strengths.

I use an individualized and eclectic approach while focusing on anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, domestic violence, and athletic stress.

More on the therapeutic practices used… Somatic Practices emphasizes the mind-body-connection while regulating the nervous system. Often, prolonged stress and trauma can put the body in an elongated sympathetic state (flight/fight/freeze response), and somatic practices aid in supporting the body back to the parasympathetic state (rest and digest state). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps to identify the connection between thoughts-behaviors-emotions and the influence they may have on each other. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) stems from CBT but has an action-oriented, focused approach to accept the present thought/feeling/situation without judgment and acknowledge, allow, accommodate, appreciate. ACT utilizes many mindfulness practices. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) supports with emotional regulation and distress tolerance. Psychodynamic Therapy aims for self-awareness and understanding of past/present behaviors by exploring individual’s past experience with present self thinking.

How I’ve kept learning… I am a member of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, and of Athlete for Hope Alliance. I am on the Panel of Social Workers at the Maryland Office of Public Defenders.

I received a Teen Mental Health Certificate from Yale University. I am in the process of completing the Somatic Trauma Release Certificate Training. I was also recently accepted to begin the University of Michigan Sports Social Work Certification Program.

Most importantly, I am always learning from my clients and colleagues! I truly believe I am a student for life. As George Whitman once said, “All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.”

Who do I work with? For individual therapy, I work with ages 10+, including adolescents, teenagers, young adults, and adults. I also practice family therapy with kids ages 4-10 on a case by case basis, and with adolescents and teenagers.

My impacting identities are… My educational background in social work impacts my understanding of the intersection of mental health and social justice. Also, I am a former college athlete who is both professionally and personally passionate about athlete mental health. I understand the both the pressures and excitements that can come with being a student athlete. And, for the best for the last, I am a dog mom… my dog may be in the background sleeping on the couch in a telehealth session!

I feel allied/aware/informed/knowledgeable about… mental health advocate, racial justice advocate, trauma survivors advocate, gender equity advocate, criminal justice reform advocate, and athlete health advocate.

I am the best fit for a client who… wants/needs a space to be heard. Individuals who prefer a collaborative approach, and sometimes a little bit of humor in their therapeutic journey.

I am not a good fit for a client who… prefers highly-structured sessions and expects quick “fixes.”

What makes me unique? It is so important to me that I create a sense of humility and ease for you to be your authentic self. I have worked in federal detention centers, public schools, and behavioral health clinics which have granted me the ability to support and advocate for my clients while working in multilayered systems. With me you will not only have a therapist, but an advocate!

 

The Practical Stuff

What insurances do I accept? I am being paneled to be in network with Carefirst BCBS and Evernorth (previously known as Cigna).

What are my out-of-network rates? As a licensed clinician, my rates are $180 for an initial intake and $150 for subsequent 53+-minute sessions. Find more details about my out-of-network rates here.

Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? I offer both telehealth and in-person sessions, depending on scheduling. I am able to see clients who live in Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

 

The Fun Stuff

Did you know… I lived in England for a summer studying political science and human behavior at University of Cambridge, King’s College.

Any pets? I have a dog named Louis… who rules my life!

What I’ve Learned Lately

  • Difficult to Treat Depression; Sheppard Pratt; January 2024
  • Late Identification of ADHD: Clinical Issues and Challenges; Sheppard Pratt; January 2024
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing Trauma; Bessel van der Kolk, MD
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind; Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson
  • Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse; Shannon Thomas, LCSW
  • The Highly Sensitive Person; Elaine N. Aron, PhD
  • The Pain We Carry: Healing From Complex PTSD for People of Color; Natalie Y. Gutiérrez, LMFT & Jennifer Mullan, PsyD
  • Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve; Stanley Rosenberg et al.
  • Youth Contact Sports and Broken Brains: Understanding the Hidden Risks of Mental Illness from Early Exposure to Concussive Trauma; The Mac Parkman Foundation & Bruce Parkman
  • I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki; Beak Sehee
  • I Weigh podcast with Jameela Jamil
  • We Can Do Hard Things podcast with Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, and Amanda Doyle
  • The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast with Paul Gilmartin
  • Unlocking Us podcast with Brené Brown
  • Somatic Stress Release Level 1; The Embody Lab; April 2024
  • Somatic Stress Release Level 2; The Embody Lab; May 2024
  • Mental Health In Athletes; Sheppard Pratt; May 2024

What I’ve Learned

  • Overdose Prevention and Response Training; Columbia University; October 2021
  • Child Abuse Reporting Education (CARE); Columbia University; October 2021
  • The Science of Well-Being for Teens; Yale University; February 2023
  • Inflammation, Depression, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids; Sheppard Pratt; July 2023
  • The Role of Schools in Supporting Trauma-Exposed Youth; Sheppard Pratt; July 2023
  • The Survivor’s Journey: Helping Survivors of Trauma Heal; Sheppard Pratt; October 2023

How to Give Me a Buzz

The best way to contact me is… by email, at m.welling@honeybwellness.com. You can also find me at my website.

 

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