Ali enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults who are looking to manage their anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, relationships, and much more. Ali was born and raised in Montgomery County and has a deep understanding of the many challenges, stressors, and pressures those in the DMV area experience.
Ali has a variety of experience working with children, including working as an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist at Community Services For Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) where she treated children and toddlers with autism. After CSAAC, Ali went on to complete her graduate internship at Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA) where she worked with adults and children experiencing anxiety and depression. Ali utilized a person-centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) play therapy, and mindfulness throughout her time at JSSA.
Ali believes that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust and honesty. She aims to make her clients feel comfortable and heard through her patient and non-judgmental approach. Ali strives to create an environment for her clients in which they feel safe, supported and successful.
Ali regularly incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) when working with clients. She has completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training through the Linehan Institute as well as being a member of a comprehensive DBT team.
In addition to her work at CCM, Ali also works as a school social worker in the Montgomery County Public School System. She holds an undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in psychology, as well as a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University.