About Me

I am licensed clinical professional counselor coming to Monarch Wellness and Psychotherapy with five years of experience working in the field of eating disorders within several inpatient and outpatient settings. I am extensively trained in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder, disordered eating, mood disorders, trauma, adolescent/young adult concerns, family discord, and attachment disorders. After receiving my masters degree in clinical mental health Counseling at The George Washington University, I have worked at The Renfrew Center of Bethesda as both a primary therapist and a team leader.

 

I truly believe that therapy is a brave and courageous choice. I strive to create a warm, empathetic, and safe environment for each client that chooses to work with me. I have a special expertise working with both adolescents and adults with mood disorders. Together, our relationship will be used as an element of change. Often, I will utilize aspects of our relationship to highlight barriers to change and provide a warm and directive approach to push you towards growth. Whatever reason you are seeking therapy, I find it a privilege that you are choosing to share your emotions with me. I will commonly utilize interventions from mindfulness, motivational interviewing, the unified protocol, attachment theory, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help you understand the functional purpose of your emotions.

 

My approach within our therapeutic relationship tends to be more collaborative, experiential, and even fun! At times, we may move both inside and outside of the therapy room to address your unique needs through exposures, art, movement, and psychodrama.

 

In addition to individual therapy, I enjoy working with families with histories of trauma and eating disorders. Research shows that frequently mood disorders not only disturbs the individual’s general functioning, but the family unit as well. I enjoy helping families understand and uncover their unique strengths to lead towards more effective methods of coping and working together through emotion-focused family therapy. My hope is that together, we can create more sustainable, rewarding, and closer relationships with family members.

 

Along with eating disorders, I have a special interest working with individuals with chronic pain, life transitions, and grief/loss. I frequently will speak to both college students and professionals about the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders and mood disorders.

  • Eating Disorders

  • Body Image Concerns

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Mood Disorders

  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Self-harm and Suicidality 

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Attachment Concerns

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management and Chronic Pain

  • Stress Management

  • LGBT Counseling

  • Grief, Loss, or Bereavement

  • Other Issues 
     

Monarch Wellness and Psychotherapy

1350 Connecticut Ave NW

Suite 203

Washington, DC 20036

 

Tel: 202-677-5049

Email: carissa.hannum.therapy@gmail.com

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