"Past, present and future – everyone has a story. It’s a privilege to accompany clients on their unique paths toward understanding and healing."

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Monica Rene Testa, LCSW-C

Therapist & Intake Coordinator

Monica is our intake coordinator, and will do her best to answer any questions you have about therapy and connect you with a therapist.
Monica is also a wonderful therapist and describes herself: As an attachment-focused and trauma-informed licensed clinical social worker for more than ten years, I’ve primarily worked in the fields of adoption and foster care. It has been a privilege to provide home study, post placement and clinical services to families as they sought and sustained permanency for children through domestic and international adoption, foster and kinship care. This has increased my understanding around issues including attachment disruption, transracial adoption, behavior management, fertility, loss, grief, identify formation and school issues.

Through talk therapy with individuals, couples and families, I assist clients as they navigate challenges surrounding anxiety, anger management, communication, family dynamics and behavioral modification. I also enjoy leading new parent and kinship support groups and provide parent consults and coaching through Takoma Therapy.

​As a therapist, I strive to provide an interactive and enriching environment. I bring curiosity, empathy, an open mind and a strength-based approach, meeting my clients where they are and working together toward goals and solutions. When appropriate, creativity is introduced, and clients have found writing and other forms of artistic expression helpful as they find their path. My therapeutic foundation is centered on providing a safe space to explore emotions and presenting issues, and the value of connection and interpersonal relationships. I’ve seen first-hand how trauma, grief and loss can affect the brain and behavior, and how therapy can strengthen resilience and lead to healing.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History from the University of Delaware and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. ​I have lived in the D.C. area for 25 years and enjoy the family, friends, rescue dogs and yoga that keeps me centered.

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