Annie Bertran, LCSW-C

Therapist and Practice Owner

 I believe in providing a safe and supportive environment where I will collaborate with you to meet your goals by learning and practicing new skills to apply to your daily life.  Throughout my career, I have learned how to remain calm no matter the crisis and provide a steady emotional rock for my clients to lean on throughout the difficult times in their lives.

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Education and Experience


I was born and raised in Montgomery County, MD, and began my college experience at Montgomery College.  I then continued at University of Maryland, Baltimore County where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology.  After graduating, I moved to the heart of New York City in order to work as a Resident Advisor for a homeless shelter for boys aged 18-21.  After I left New York, I continued my education by earning my Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2013.  I then began my career working in a variety of environments and situations including schools, nursing homes, intensive outpatient programs, emergency rooms, and partial hospitalization programs based in both hospitals and clinics.  My extensive experience began with adolescents and those transitioning into adulthood.  I specifically have worked with clients (13 and over) who are experiencing issues including trauma, school issues (bullying, executive function, stress), family issues (family trauma, family structure issues, parent coaching, family therapy), mental health disorders, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.

Following my formal education I began studying specific types of therapy.  I received extensive training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through University of Maryland as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech.  Through continued learning and studying, I work from a clinical perspective that considers how the whole system affects each person uniquely.

 

I am also certified to provide clinical supervision for LMSW and LGPC.  I focus on enhancing the skills, providing guidance in dealing with crisis situations, building knowledge, dealing with ethical issues in the field, and exploring self-care for those earning their supervision hours in Maryland.

Specialities 
 

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • General Depression and Anxiety

  • Perfectionism and High Achiever anxiety

  • General desire for self awareness and growth/developing insight

  • Adolescents and Young Adults and the stressors that come with those age groups

  • Substance Abuse

  • Life Transitions

  • Self-Esteem

  • Addictions based in emotion dysregulation

  • Supervision for mental health clinicians 

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Bennet the Therapy Dog 
 

Bennet is a certified therapy dog who joins my in-person sessions. Bennet has gone through extensive training and has earned the title of Good Canine Citizen as well as becoming a certified Therapy Dog through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. He provides a calming presence and helps clients manage emotions when there is a difficult topic being discussed in the therapy session. Bennet and I also volunteer in the community providing dog therapy. 

More About Me...

 

I am often kept busy with my three pets: I have two sweet yet needy cats, Buttercup and Phoebe, and a puppy named Bennet who likes to steal my attention away from his older cat sisters.  Other activities that I did pre-covid include traveling, going to the theater or concerts, and being out in nature.  While I love to travel and have traveled cross-country, I also enjoy escaping from the busy suburban life and spending a few days near home in the Shenandoah Valley and at Ocean City, Maryland.  As I travel, I collect postcards to document where I’ve been. 

 

I started being involved in theater at the young age of 3!  While it has been a long time since I’ve been on the stage, my life is still strongly influenced by theater.  During the last two years I have replaced going out to shows with watching musicals at home and having soundtracks running on repeat.  Another fun fact about me is that my favorite food is Bistec Empanizado.  As my father and his family moved to this country from Cuba, my food is greatly influenced by my heritage.  

 

I can’t wait to get to know you and all your important facts that make you you.

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