Meet Our Team!

We are a small team of talented, dedicated therapists with a wide range of skills and experience. We are an affirming, inclusive practice. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you!

Carolyn Abrahamzon, BA (she/her)

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (virtual throughout South Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia)

(Completing M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) 

I am graduate student and counseling intern dedicated to providing mental health support to adoptees and adoptive families. As an adoptee and a parent, I strive to bring to the counseling relationship the same empathy, understanding, and validation I desired as a child and young adult processing my own adoption and parenting experiences. Using a collaborative, client-centered, and trauma-informed approach, my goal is to cultivate a safe and trusting environment for exploration, introspection, empowerment, and autonomy. I believe that change comes when we can honor our past and experiences without judgment, acknowledge thoughts and beliefs that no longer align with our values, and take steps through values-aligned action towards our goals and healing. I am a veteran and part of an active duty family. I have experience supporting individuals, couples, and families through anxiety, depression, communication, identity struggles, grief, and PTSD, and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Individual. 

Carolyn is currently completing her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University and am on track to graduate in the Spring of 2023. Carolyn has completed The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals. She is able to see clients on a sliding scale of $25-$50/per session.

Carolyn is under the supervision of Carroll Martin, LCSW and is based in Columbia, South Carolina.

Julie Naquin, MSW Supervisee in Clinical Social Work (she/her)

Part-Time Associate Therapist (In-person and Virtual Virginia Only) Children, Teens, Families, and Adults

I am passionate about working with children and families in foster care as well as families/children going through the adoption process. As an international adoptee myself, I understand some of the unique challenges an adoptive family might face along the way and post adoption. I also have experience in supporting adoptee’s who are looking for support or struggling emotionally, post adoption. My background includes experience in the treatment of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Mood disorders. I utilize trauma-informed framework, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to provide support and interventions that are tailored to meet individuals and family’s needs.  I am passionate about social justice issues and advocating for oppressed populations and hope to improve the quality of community mental health.

Julie has worked in private practice and community mental health. She earned her Master of Social Work from George Mason University and has extensive knowledge of foster youth and families. Julie has completed the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training for Mental Health Professionals. Julie is under the clinical supervision of Carroll Martin, LCSW and Jennifer Bates, LCSW.

Emma Rady, MA, LGPC, NCC

Part-Time Associate Therapist (Maryland only)

I believe by exploring our past experiences and relationships we can find answers to better understand our own behaviors and thought processes. Our best healing happens throughout the context of a safe relationship and that is what I offer in therapy; a safe place where my client can explore their pain, hurt, and confusion in order to heal and live the most meaningful life possible! I am a transracial, Chinese adoptee and the unique challenges adoptees face. I am passionate about helping other adoptees navigate their adoptee identity and better understand how their adoption has impacted them throughout their lives and today. I use an attachment/psychodynamic based framework to guide my work. 

Emma graduated from the George Washington University with her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is currently under the supervision of Carroll Martin, LCSW and works with teens, families, and adults in Maryland. Her master’s training also included training at the Center for Adoption Support and Education.

Christa Carlton, LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, RYT

Senior Therapist: Teens, Adults, and Families (DC, Maryland, and Virginia)

I am a passionate helping professional who has been serving children, youth, adults and families through community-based organizations for almost 15 years. I specialize in supporting survivors of trauma and bring a client-centered, strengths-based approach to my work. I have extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, so ensuring clients feel safe and in control is paramount. I have experience addressing a variety of needs including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, neurodiversity, identity, parenting, relationships, behaviors, and substance use. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher with training to incorporate yoga into mental health practice. At times I have had clients tell me that my “flower crown is showing.”

Since becoming a mental health therapist, I have continued to be a student to ensure the clients I work with receive the best care. I earned certificates for Training in Adoption Competency from the Center for Adoption Support and Education, ARC (Attachment Regulation and Competency) Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents, and the Greenspan Floortime Approach designed for serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental challenges. I have background and training in a variety of other evidence-based practices including motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., as well as a Board-Certified Telehealth Professional. I have also completed training in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR and currently completing a specialized ADHD treatment certification.

I spent my formative years in Japan and identify as a Third-Culture Kid. I have also traveled extensively and enjoy working with diverse populations. I value the worth and dignity of all people and am committed to anti-racist work, supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and other forms of social justice advocacy. I individualize my work style to meet my clients’ unique needs but would consistently be described as non-judgmental and warm.

Christa earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, with minors in Japanese and International Studies. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York with specializations in International Social Welfare and Services to Immigrants and Refugees. 

Koro, CGC

Therapy Dog in Training, Canine Good Citizen

Koro is a Bernese Mountain Dog who is training to become a therapy dog. She already joins Carroll during virtual sessions. Koro is now meeting with clients at our Leesburg office.

Training includes successful completion of Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience. Koro successfully passed her Canine Good Citizen June 1, 2022!

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