Dr. Dee Preston-Dillon

Dr. Preston-Dillon is the founder and director of the Center for Culture and Sandplay and the Clinical Director of Mindology. She is an affiliated graduate faculty in George Washington University, Art Therapy program; Psychology Professor in University of Maryland Global Campus. 


A clinician educator, Dee’s 40 years teaching and clinical work anchor her immersive approach with clinicians and graduate students. She considers her life work a study of sand therapy as a projective process, incorporating cross-cultural, client-centered, and existential approaches. A master’s in counseling and a doctorate in psychology, her dissertation was a cross-cultural study of Sandplay, a qualitative analysis comparing indigenous and Jungian understanding of sand scenes.


Christy Huang, MA LCPC NCC

Christy Huang obtained her counseling degree in George Washington University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Play Therapy Association and the Association for Creativity in Counseling. 

Ms. Huang's experience as a therapist has been focused on helping individuals who have experienced traumatic, confusing, or stressful life events, such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, and the death of a loved one. She also has extensive experience working with children and adolescents using different modalities of expressive therapy.  In addition to talk therapy, she uses EMDR, Sand therapy, sensorimotor therapy etc. to enhance therapy outcomes.


Ms. Huang's therapy approach is trauma-informed strength-based. She values the connections of mind-body-spirit holistic healing process in the therapy. She believes you are the expert of your life and her role in the therapy is to foster a collaborative therapeutic relationship where you can access to your inner strengths to experience a life you find meaningful.


Emily Sunwoo

Emily Sunwoo is a master’s student candidate for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Northwestern University. She is currently an intern counselor with Mindology Counseling and Wellness Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. In her counseling practice, Emily integrates various theories and techniques, such as person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness. Her aim is to instill hope and empowerment in her clients.


John Boyle

John Boyle is a counselor-in-training at Northwestern University graduate program for mental health counseling. After completing his training, he will pursue licensure in the State of Maryland as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). While his training is weighted toward psychodynamic counseling, John takes an integrated approach to counseling that includes elements of humanistic and existential theories.
Currently, John works exclusively with adults. His primary areas of focus are trauma, anxiety, depression, parenting, relationships, and men's issues. He is particularly attuned to the mental health needs of those grappling with chronic physical health issues.

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Mariam Qahtani 

Mariam is a master’s candidate in Clinical Mental health Counseling, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University. She is also an intern at Doctors Without Borders in the Psychosocial Care Unit, supporting aid workers around the world.
A self-reflective practitioner, Mariam works to help individuals reach their goals by implementing Psychodynamic therapy, which focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. She also integrates different therapeutic interventions and modalities to meet client’s
needs, such as Sand Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
She takes a flexible and holistic approach, with a sensitivity to multicultural factors that make you the unique person you are. Mariam speaks Arabic and continues to work on
her Spanish to serve underserved communities.