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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.

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Christy Huang, MA LCPC NCC

As a trauma-informed psychotherapist, EMDR therapist, sex therapist, professional

health and mindset life coach, Ms. Christy is deeply committed to supporting

individuals in their journey towards healing, empowerment, and sexual well-being.

With a deep understanding of the profound impact trauma can have on one's

emotional, psychological, and sexual well-being, She is committed to helping

individuals heal, reclaim their lives, and cultivate healthy, fulfilling intimate

relationships. By providing a compassionate and empathetic space,

Ms. Christy guides her clients on their journey towards resilience, self-discovery,

and sexual empowerment.

As a licensed clinical psychotherapist,  Ms. Christy specializes in trauma and

sexuality. Her extensive training and clinical experience have equipped her with

a solid foundation in trauma-focused therapy and sex therapy. . Advanced

certifications in EMDR ensure her ability to provide effective trauma treatment.

Additionally, as a sex therapist, Ms. Christy specializes in addressing the complex

interplay between trauma and sexuality. She has expertise in working with

individuals and couples who have experienced sexual trauma, helping them

navigate the impact on their sexual functioning, intimacy, and relationships. She also addresses a range of concerns, including sexual aversion, dyspareunia, vaginismus, erectile dysfunction, low desire, and difficulties with sexual communication. Through a holistic and compassionate approach, Ms. Christy guides clients in reclaiming their sexual selves, fostering healthy relationships, and enhancing sexual well-being.

Ms. Christy's approach to therapy is rooted in trauma-informed care, emphasizing safety, collaboration, and empowerment. She provides a non-judgmental and compassionate space where clients feel seen, heard, and validated. She integrates evidence-based modalities, tailoring the treatment to each individual's unique needs and goals. Whether utilizing EMDR to process trauma, exploring cognitive-behavioral techniques to challenge unhelpful beliefs, or incorporating somatic interventions to regulate the nervous system, her aim is to support clients in developing resilience, restoring a sense of control, and fostering post-traumatic growth.

Ms. Christy's philosophy centers on the belief in the innate capacity for healing and growth within each individual. She approaches her work with sensitivity, compassion, and a deep respect for the inherent resilience of the human spirit. She views therapy as a collaborative journey, where she walks alongside her clients, offering support, guidance, and evidence-based interventions. She believes in in the power of integrating mind, body, and spirit in the healing process as well as the importance of creating a therapeutic relationship based on trust, respect, and cultural sensitivity. By addressing the concerns in the therapeutic space, Ms.Christy strives to empower individuals to reclaim their autonomy, cultivate healthy relationships, and foster aa positive and fulfilling life.

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Emily Sunwoo
Therapist Intern

Emily Sunwoo completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Her primary counseling approach revolves around Rogerian psychotherapy, which emphasizes the importance of perceiving clients as individuals before resorting to specific interventions. Emily adeptly allows her clients to guide the sessions, ensuring a safe and comfortable space for them to willingly express themselves.

Recognizing the individuality of each person's narrative and experiences, Emily incorporates a range of theories and techniques, in addition to person-centered therapy. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness. Ultimately, her main objective is to foster hope and empower each of her clients.

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