Jacki LaRusso

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Jacki is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Washington, DC. She has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Monmouth University and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Maryland at College Park. In her practice, Jacki works from a foundation of attachment theory with the premise that people thrive emotionally and physically when in healthy, connected relationships. She is also informed by the growing fields of research in neuroplasticity and creativity in mental health. Jacki is skilled in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and uses a trauma informed perspective of psychodynamic therapy—understanding how our past impacts our present—as well as trauma tools that include Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for healing flashbacks, unhelpful self-beliefs, and body memories.

  • Therapist in eating disorder recovery: Stop stereotypes, start healing

    Therapist in eating disorder recovery: Stop stereotypes, start healing

    Many people with an eating disorder suffer alone, sometimes until it’s too late to survive, let alone thrive. Therapist Jacki LaRusso explains why we can’t afford to wait in recognizing symptom diversity. Young, thin, white, female, and afraid to gain weight. I fitted this image of eating disorders portrayed in the media. Luckily I was..