Carlyn Maia Dale-Miller
I spend my free time with my partners and friends, enjoying their company and a good board game or cooking night every now and then. I also love to read, write poetry, and lie in the grass listening to music as much as possible.
I am currently working towards my master’s degree in Clinical Professional Counseling at Loyola University Maryland and my expected graduation date is December 2023.
My approach: I approach clients with a strength-based and person-centered focus while using the DBT framework to inform strategies to use in and out of session. In our society we often focus on weaknesses, and while I see the importance in bringing about change, I also believe that acceptance is equally if not more important in one’s therapeutic journey. I utilize the DBT framework because I find it is a powerful tool in working towards acceptance and change. I take a trauma focused approach to my work as i recognize many people are facing or have faced traumatic experiences and oppression that may have caused significant distress and oftentimes there are not outlets for support in our daily lives. I want to provide a space for that difficult and crucial work.
I am committed to providing multiculturally competent care and meeting my clients where they are at based on their individual, unique experiences, identity factors, and life stories. I believe that a person needs agency, autonomy, and control to feel safe participating in the therapeutic process. This is especially true as safety is not always accessible to those who are oppressed in our society and may be facing systemic harm. I have a special focus on the 2SLGBTQIA+ population and I commit myself to providing safety, inclusion, and therapeutic rest. I also provide polyamory-affirming care, including relationship therapy. As a queer, polyamorous woman myself, I know how difficult it can be to find providers who affirm these identities. I want to make sure all my clients feel safe and encouraged bringing these parts of themselves to the work we do together.