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Ziara Battle LGSW LMSW

Dupont Circle - P St.

Ziara Battle is a Washington D.C. native. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. She received her master’s degree in social work from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Through her work in school-based and outpatient settings, she has gained experience serving as an educator for the District of Columbia Public Schools educating students, specifically those with autism and other learning differences. 

Ziara will be servicing children and youth populations. Her areas of interest include educational concerns, anxiety, stress, and life transitions affecting self-care and quality of life. The modalities she utilizes include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness techniques.


She utilizes a whole child and person-centered approach when providing therapeutic services. Her outlook on therapy is that all people are different, and their care should be individualized to their needs. Ziara uses therapeutic relationships built with clients to create a trusting and safe space where clients can explore thoughts and feelings.

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Lucas Monaco, LGPC

Dupont Circle - P St.

Lucas Monaco is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in Washington, D.C. He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University.


Lucas has worked in the mental health field for over seven years, working exclusively with adults focusing on substance use disorder, depression, grief, life adjustments, and impulsive behaviors. He blends elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), psychodynamic, and person-centered therapeutic techniques in order to meet client objectives.


Lucas works to foster a collaborative therapeutic space where clients feel empowered to make the changes they wish to see. He believes you cannot fail therapy and it essentially is an adjustable process that can be used for a safe place to express yourself and create goals to meet your needs. 

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Easwari Amirthanayagam, LGSW

Dupont Circle - P St.

Easwari is a second generation American of Sri Lankan Tamil descent. She received her BA in Sociology from Brown and her Masters of Social Work from Columbia. She chose social work specifically because of its focus on the individual and on the structures at play that deeply affect the individual. She is interested in the notion of belonging and displacement in our society. Her practice is trauma-focused and compassion driven. She utilizes an intersectional lens with regards to identity and is passionate about creating greater accessibility of services for marginalized populations. Easwari uses a client-centered approach, tailoring treatment to the specific needs of each client. Some of the therapy practices she has expertise in include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Inner Child Work, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. 


Therapy is a space to explore the internal world. Through compassionate collaboration, Easwari provides an environment in which this exploration is safe, non-judgmental and trusting. 


Erin Price, LICSW 

Dupont Circle - P St.


Erin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington D.C. She is an East Carolina University Alumni and earned her Masters of Social Work from North Carolina Central University. Erin has experience in working with adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population.


Erin has experience in treating individuals with Domestic Violence and Trauma History, Addictions, individuals struggling with grief, life transitions and caregivers of older adults. She also has experience working with diagnoses that include Adjustment Disorders, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Adult ADHD, Bipolar, Depression and OCD.

Erin takes an individualized approach in counseling; specializing in a treatment approach that is warm, empathetic, non-judgmental and supportive. Erin uses therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy; with the main intent of collaborating with clients in developing goals, tasks and coping skills that are more in line with an individual's values. 


Toni Lawrimore, LGSW, LMSW

Dupont Circle - P St.

Toni Lawrimore is a Licensed Master of Social Work in South Carolina and an LGSW in the District of Columbia.  She earned her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health with a focus in gender-based violence from the University of South Carolina.  She brings a decade of working with trauma survivors in various settings and an understanding of traumatic grief to the therapeutic relationship.  


Toni has a special interest in working with fellow members of the LGBTQ+ community, adolescents, teenagers, adults, and groups. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Social Work with the University of Pennsylvania, where her research focuses on the treatment and impact of fundamentalist religion on vulnerable populations. Through this work, she has experience in working with anxiety, depression, existentialism, religious-exiters, religious deconversion, the impacts of purity culture, and religious trauma.  


She is passionate about working with people from all walks of life through a lens of understanding trauma, traumatic grief, solution-focused therapy, somatic experiencing, polyvagal theory, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and narrative therapy.  


Nicole Welds, LGSW, LMSW

TeleHealth Services Only

Nicole is a Licensed Masters level Social Worker in Maryland and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)  in District of Columbia with 14 years experience. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole has experience working in a variety of settings, serving clients over the lifespan. At this time, Nicole serves adult clients only.

Nicole has special interest areas of  LGBTQ populations, Sexuality and Gender Exploration, Women of Color, Holistic Wellness and Spirituality, Life Transitions, Couples/Marriage Counseling, and  Immigration.  She also has experience treating Addiction, Adjustment Disorders, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Life Transitions, Relational Conflict, Schizophrenia, Self-Esteem/Confidence, Stress, and Trauma. Nicole enjoys using mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy.

She is extremely passionate about supporting clients with all of their therapeutic needs.  Nicole takes an eclectic person-centered approach in counseling, preferring to focus on maximizing individual and collective strengths while supporting clients in their journeys to actualize and live their desired lives. 

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Valerie Noblin, LPC

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Valerie Noblin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia.

She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Howard University.


Valerie has over 20 years of experience in clinical settings, with adults (21+ years) who have presented with symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief, stress-related issues, trauma, and addictions. 

Valerie possesses empathic traits, and her approach to therapy is Person-centered, strength-based, with an underlying perspective grounded in Existentialism, where she assists persons towards fully integrating their personal experiences for growth and healing.  Valerie combines holistic perspectives found in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies and Mindfulness techniques.


Hannah Johnson, LGPC, NCC

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Hannah Johnson is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Washington, D.C. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and she is currently certified as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Through her work in school-based and outpatient settings, she has gained experience serving college students, young adults, middle aged adults, and elders. Before joining the Therapeutic Links family, Hannah also engaged with homeless populations in the D.C. Metropolitan area through supportive housing work.

Hannah has cultivated skills to support individuals with mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, co-occurring disorders, identity concerns, relationship distress, and other life changes affecting self-care and quality of life. Hannah is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ population through therapy, and she has extensive experience working with adults to develop self-acceptance through identity-affirming practices.

Hannah approaches therapy from a person-centered lens, and she mindfully integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) techniques to support each person’s individual needs.

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Nicolle Castro, LCSW

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Nicolle Castro is a Licensed Social Worker (LCSW) in Washington D.C. with a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has worked in mental health for 7 years, and has experience in community support and outreach, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and therapy in both the outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings. 

Nicolle has worked with a diverse population specifically Women of Color and LGBTQIA+ population addressing a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, mood and personality disorders, trauma, adjustment challenges, and substance abuse. She offers support and healing to individuals ages 21 and over, couples, and groups. Her approach is holistic, eclectic, and collaborative; and employs therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Nicolle believes in the power of a compassionate and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship and environment. As your therapist she will strive to create a safe space conducive to self-exploration, healing, growth, and fulfillment. 


Bezawit (Beza) Addis, LGPC

Dupont Circle - P St.

Bezawit Addis is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) practicing in Washington DC. She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Grief Counseling Certificate from South Western College, Santa Fe, NM.  She provided mental health services in outpatient mental health clinics, addiction treatment centers, and within psychiatric units of a correctional setting.


Bezawit works collaboratively with her clients to address a broad variety of challenges including depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, intergenerational trauma, body image/self-esteem issue, personality disorder, relationship/attachment issues, addiction/medication seeking behavior, criminal activities/ recidivism, and behavioral management concerns.


Bezawit is skilled at assisting individuals, ages 14 and over, in working through their emotions through mindfulness based emotional processing. She supports her clients in identifying patterns using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, aids individuals in developing coping strategies from a strength-based model, and actively nurtures a non-judgmental compassionate space for self-exploration to gain insight into one’s own life.  As your therapist she will assist you in achieving stability, overcoming personal and professional challenges/transitions, and will empower you in your continual growth and fulfillment.

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Alyssa Lane, LGPC

Dupont Circle - P St.

Alyssa Lane is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) in Washington, DC. She received her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University’s School of Medicine.  She is trained in CBT-I, Suicidality Prevention and Intervention and Level I - Gottman Marriage and Family. Alyssa has also earned the Counseling Certificate of Distinction in Psychological First Aid by Johns Hopkins University.


Alyssa works with a diverse adult population (ages 18+) on a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use, trauma, relationship issues and medical conditions. She has worked with clients on both an individual and group basis using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person Centered and Solution Focused Therapy. She believes in creating a collaborative therapeutic environment to help individuals feel comfortable and respected, while working towards resolving conflicts and achieving their desired goals.

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Elizabeth Mohler, LICSW

Dupont Circle - P St.

Elizabeth received her Master of Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a clinical social worker for 15 years.  She has worked in community mental health and foster care programs and is currently the Director of Social Services at a Core Services Agency through the DC Department of Behavioral Health.


Elizabeth works primarily using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques.  She has advanced training in working with survivors of trauma, and extensive experience working with families who struggle to communicate effectively.


She uses the therapeutic relationship to create a safe space for clients to explore thoughts and feelings, to set goals and move forward.  Elizabeth has a strong belief in the potential for individuals to heal from past experiences, and to lead satisfying and productive lives.


Natalie Nichols, LPC, NCC

Adults - TeleHealth Services Only

Natalie Nichols is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia and a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). Natalie received a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Maryland College Park and a Masters in Counseling from Bowie State University.


Natalie has worked for over 15 years with various human/social service programs; which include developmental disabilities, supported employment, housing/homeless services and outpatient mental health services. Having worked with various human services populations has afforded her the ability to work with diverse populations.

Natalie is well versed in several counseling techniques and has a compassion for being a service to others. Her counseling skills are unique in nature, often taking a Person-Centered counseling approach to meet the client “where they are” and quickly build the therapeutic relationship.


Florian Portis, LICSW, LCSW-C

Not Accepting New Clients

Florian received her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has worked for over 15 years in the child welfare, school and outpatient mental health settings.  She was also the Clinical Director of an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, certified by the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH). 

Her areas of interest and expertise include life coaching, entrepreneur coaching, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, and life transitions.  She has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy.


Using the client/therapist relationship based on trust and understanding, she helps her clients examine their belief systems and the origins of these beliefs to determine what changes can be made to resolve conflicts in their lives.

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