Welcome to New Beginnings Wellness Center, LLC , a place where the goals are to inspire and resolve life challenges. You will have the opportunity to learn how to improve your well-being and understand the areas in your life that may need growth and enhancement. You will have a personalized approach in a comfortable, empathic atmosphere. As an integrative therapist, I am here to assist you in discovering your true self. We will work together to heal, empower, and celebrate your life by applying integrative therapy approaches and techniques.
Dr. Sonya Clyburn
Dr. Sonya Clyburn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. Dr. Clyburn brings over 15 years of professional experience in the mental health field. She is a certified trainer, consultant, evaluator, life coach, and psychological evaluations are in her repertoire. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Pro Bono Therapist for the State of Maryland. Her clinical interests includes trauma, cultural identity, sexual identity, attachment, grief and loss, depression, anger management, conflict education, leadership development and group processes – mimesis.
Dr. Clyburn has worked clinically in varied settings including counseling centers, community mental health, hospitals, group home, and Court Systems. She believes that everyone has a purpose in life and that behavior is purposeful. Her passion is the practice of psychology by assisting others with understanding themselves, purposes of their responses, and developing a better sense of well-being.
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology – American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, D.C.
M.A. Counseling Psychology – Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
B.A., Psychology – Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC
Clients: Adults (18 and over)
Trauma Specialist (ITTI)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Crisis Incident Stress Management (CISM), International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc.
Serves on the Human Rights Committees’ for several department and disability services agencies, that provide Home Community Based Medicaid Waiver residential services to people with developmental disabilities in Washington, DC. She is also a member of the State of Maryland Sexual Violence Prevention Committee.
Dr. Clyburn supports each adult to gain insight regarding their mental health and assists in fulfilling their therapeutic goals. Services are unique to each individual client using a psychodynamic approach and integrative techniques to address a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges such as:
• Generalized Anxiety
• Adjusted Related Issues
• GLBT Issues
• Self Esteem/Self Image Issues
• Health Concerns
• Stress Management
• Marital/Relational Problems
This presentation teaches key concepts and skills of positive parenting and effective problem solving, communicating and having confidence as a parent.
Each person will explore their style of conflict and identify tools to handle interpersonal conflict in a healthy manner.
Grief and Loss
Individuals will learn and understand the different stages of grief and loss; an examination of healthy coping strategies is also explored.
Individuals will identify unhealthy triggers in relationships and identify positive interactions with others by enhancing communication, boundaries and self-worth.
In this workshop, individuals will identify emotional feelings and physiological arousal that causes anger. Also, you will learn how to change your thoughts and actions for positive outcomes. You will acquire skills to cope effectively.
Living Positive with HIV and Living Healthy
This presentation aims at providing individuals who are diagnosed with HIV learn healthy lifestyle applications and how to feel positive, confident their status.
This presentation assists individuals with learning to recognize, understand, and manage their emotions. In addition, they will learn to identify positive ways to release stress, communicate effectively, and empathize with others.
Dr. Clyburn is a certified trainer to facilitate the following trainings:
Clinical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
An 8 hour course that is a short term psychological helping process that focuses on an immediate and identifiable problem. It includes pre-incident preparedness, acute crisis intervention and post crisis follow-up.
Mental Health First Aid
This is an 8 hour course that teaches an individual how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiences a mental health crisis. The training will assist an individual to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health issues.
Dr. Clyburn provides consultation regarding staff development, organizational development, peer education program, training and behavioral health.
“I began seeing Dr. Clyburn in 2010 shortly after the passing of my maternal grandfather. She helped me cope with my grief tremendously. Our sessions ended up taking a turn to my personal issues beyond his death and I’m glad I continued to see her. Over the course of four years, she helped me discover more things about myself than I’d ever considered. I owe much of my recent interpersonal skills and collaborations to the sessions spent with her. She’s seen me at my absolute lowest point and I’m grateful that she was my psychologist. People like her make me a better advocate for mental health.”
“Becoming a client of Dr. Clyburn allowed myself to truly learn who I am. Before her I would hold on to pain and people that were toxic to me. Afterwards, she has taught me to handle everything that comes and to understand why it was brought to me. I used to feel lost or in my “numb period” where I thought that shutting myself off from the world and emotions would help me. In the end, I almost ended up in a deep depression. Luckily I found Dr. Clyburn and freed myself from hiding who I was becoming. I am not sure where I would be without her, and I have and will continue to recommend her services to those in need.
I would highly recommend Dr. Clyburn to anyone looking for a safe space to release any issue that may be affecting them. From work, school, family and relationships I have never felt judged or embarrassed while disclosing my feelings to her. She has the gift of making you feel completely comfortable in her presence as well as content with your situation after leaving. I always feel relieved after our meetings, and easily set an action plan to overcome my issues with her help.” – D.W.
“First, I want to thank Dr. Clyburn for not only working with me but for walking this journey with me. Not only did I go through an emotional divorce but I became a victim of harassment, which lasted almost 4 years. Although it was a traumatic experience, Dr. Clyburn took her time during each session to educate and equip me with tools that I now have today to overcome any obstacle. During my therapy sessions, I felt heard, cared for and above all, I felt supported. I wasn’t alone. I appreciated the questions and the open discussions Dr. Clyburn shared with me in order to regain hope, discover my inner strength and learn to love myself again.” – J.C.
“Dr. Sonya Clyburn has really helped me work on my depression and anxiety. The exercises and reading materials she uses to aid in this have helped me work through past trauma. Her methods have taught me new coping skills and tactics to work through these issues. I feel safe and confident working with her and continuing my progress in my journey to be mentally healthy.” – M.D.
“I’ve been seeing Dr. Clyburn for a few months now and I can truly say I’m extremely pleased. I’m always looking forward to our sessions because I’m always experiencing and learning something new. I’ve been able to understand myself, my past, my present, and even my actions. Often we think we understand and truly know ourselves but in reality we don’t.
I highly recommend this beautiful woman.” – T.M.
10410 Kensington Parkway Suite 104
Kensington, MD 20895
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