Washington, DC


Nicole Welds, LMSW, LGSW

TeleHealth Services Only

Nicole is a Licensed Masters level Social Worker in Maryland and a Licensed Graduates Social Worker (LGSW)  in District of Columbia with 12 years experience. She earned her Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nicole has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and the geriatric population in a variety of settings.

Nicole has special interest areas of Bereavement, LGBTQ, Older Adults, Life Transitions, and Foster Care/Adoptions. She also has experience treating Addiction, Adjustment Disorders, Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Life Transitions, Relational Conflict, Schizophrenia, Self-Esteem, 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 across the lifespan 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. 

NoblinV profile pic 2.jpg

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.


John Drollinger, LGSW

Dupont Circle - P St. 

John is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in Washington, DC. He has experience supporting folks who struggle with a wide range of life challenges, with a particular specialty in trauma, relationship challenges, self-compassion, grief, anxiety, and stress from caring for/about others and our environment.

John uses a variety of approaches to help you create a rich and meaningful life, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic psychotherapy, mindfulness, exposure therapies, as well as other cognitive-behavioral strategies and insight-oriented therapies. He attends to the ways in which the ideas, actions and policies in our communities, cultures and families can be sources of both pain and resilience. John is committed to providing queer- and LGBTQIA+ affirming care and believes in the collaborative exploration of all intersections of identity that feel important to you.

He completed his Master of Social Work at Boston College. Alongside his psychotherapy practice, John contributes to global humanitarian aid efforts in conflict-affected communities.


Rosie Bick-Mera, LICSW

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Rosie is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, D.C. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Rosie has experience working with youth and adults in the mental health field for 7 years. Rosie focuses on presenting concerns such as major depression and anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, substance abuse, improving self esteem, attachment issues, and major life transitions.

Rosie is an ally to people of all identities and background and experienced in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Rosie provides a holistic therapeutic experience, bringing in aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, art and creative therapeutic techniques.  She provides a safe space for her clients to do self exploration, process their feelings, thoughts, and experiences, and accompany them on their
journey as they heal and grow toward more productive and fulfilling lives.

Zyair Jennifer .jpeg

Zyair Jennifer

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Zyair Jennifer is an intern with Therapeutic Links under the direct supervision of our Executive Director, Florian Portis, LICSW. She is currently studying for her Master’s in applied psychology at University of Baltimore.


Zyair has studied different therapeutic approaches in the field of psychology, such as CBT and Humanistic therapy. She works with adolescents to adult populations (ages 16 and over). She is skilled in assisting clients with a variety of issues including: anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, substance abuse, self-esteem, and life transitions.


Zyair believes in the therapeutic process and figuring out what works best for the client. She works to help clients become the best version of themselves, while maintaining a trustworthy and respectful therapeutic relationship along the way.

Screen Shot 2020-02-21 at 9.32.29 AM.png

Anthony Nogueira, LGPC, NCC

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Anthony Nogueira received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.   He has an extensive background in mental health, having worked with populations including College Students, Young Professionals, and Middle-Aged/Older Adults. Additionally, Anthony helps his clients address concerns relating to depression and anxiety as it relates to transitioning into adulthood, grief, substance abuse, and trauma.


Anthony’s approach to counseling is rooted in dynamic theory, as he helps clients to reflect and explore inner thoughts and feelings in order to bring them to the surface so that they can be addressed. He believes in acknowledging how one’s past impacts their present lifestyle, as well as helping to reinforce the client’s capacity for self-empowerment as they move into the future. In addition to providing a safe, nonjudgmental space in which the client can be met with empathic, positive support, Anthony uses a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and existential techniques to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals. 


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.


Emily Kavanaugh, LICSW

Dupont Circle - TeleHealth Services Only

Emily is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Catholic University. Emily has experience working with individuals experiencing chronic and persistent mental health concerns such as stress, depression and anxiety, life transition challenges and substance abuse issues. Emily takes pride in working with individuals throughout the lifespan, including families and older adults. She has also worked in a hospital setting with a plethora of trauma survivors.


Emily works from a strengths-based perspective and believes in the importance of building relationships and empowering individuals to find skills within themselves to create meaningful change. Emily's therapeutic approach is influenced by narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. 

Nicolle Castro headshot (1).jpg

Nicolle Castro, LGSW

Dupont Circle - P St. 

Nicolle Castro is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) 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 the 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 14 and over, families, 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. 


Dina Maalouf, LGSW

Dupont Circle - P St.

Dina Maalouf is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) who received her Masters from Catholic University of America. Dina has been working in mental health for 9 years, and started her journey working for the suicide and crisis hotlines of Montgomery County.  She continued to develop her passion for mental health while working with individuals with severe chronic mental illness, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, disordered eating, impulsivity and substance abuse

Dina has worked with clients using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Person Centered Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. She is a  firm believer in working with the client to develop a plan that works for them, while building a therapeutic relationship built on trust and respect. 


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.

Professional Photo.JPG

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.

Elizabeth Pic.jpg

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.

Norika pic.jpg

Norika Jackson, LICSW

TeleHealth Services Only

Norika Jackson is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker practicing in Washington, DC. After attending the University of Michigan to obtain a Masters in Social Work, she relocated to the Washington, DC metropolitan area in 2004 to begin her social work career. The last 5 years of that career has been dedicated to assisting people to manage various mental health challenges that have had significant impact on their lives. 


Norika has worked with clients around grief and loss issues, anxiety, bipolar and major depression. Through therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy and solution-focused therapy, you will set goals and work towards the management of any mental health challenge you may currently face. 

Norika not only provides genuine compassion and empathy but also a thorough assessment and insight into your specific situation.  This allows you to receive the full benefit of therapy. 


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.