Ursula is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) providing individual therapy. She previously worked as a clinical intern at Adventist Behavioral Health’s inpatient unit where she worked with high-risk adolescents. As a second-generation Croatian American, Ursula is familiar with the direct impact multiculturalism can have on one’s mental health and overall wellbeing. She also grew up in Montgomery County and understands the unique culture of growing up in an area with high academic pressures imposed on students.
Ursula enjoys helping adolescents and young adults with transitions associated with adulthood and believes that a therapeutic relationship is built on trust and communication. Her previous experiences include conducting research and working on policy initiatives for various mental health topics, including children’s subjective wellbeing and addiction. Ursula has experience working with clients with diagnoses including anxiety, depression as well as suicidal ideation, self-harming behaviors, and a history of trauma. Ursula incorporates her knowledge and experience of both clinical and population level mental health into her therapeutic practice by using an ecological perspective. She understands how various systems in one’s environment affect individuals. Through humor and authenticity, Ursula works well with adolescents and young adults.
Ursula has received formal training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Psychology from American University and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in clinical behavioral health. She is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).