Dr. Mersedeh Cartwright received her doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology and her master’s in professional counseling from Argosy University in Arlington, Virginia. She completed her internship at Loudoun County Community Services Board (CSB) in the Emergency Services (ES) Department conducting crisis assessment and management for individuals who were psychotic, suicidal or homicidal. In addition, she provided short term crisis counseling to individuals needing immediate assistance. She completed her dissertation on The Impact of Voluntary Versus Involuntary Hospitalization Among Depressed Psychiatric Patients in Loudoun County.
Dr. Cartwright has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families addressing depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, stress management, crisis management and self esteem issues. She has worked in various settings such as Accontink Academy, Prince William Child Protective Services, Prince William County and Loudoun County CSB ES, United Health Group, General Dynamics Information and Technology (GDIT) and private practice. She has also served as a consultant to many EAP companies.
She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solutioned-focused therapy and mindfulness to help people discover new ways to cope with life challenges and move toward a more satisfying life. She believes it is not the situation or challenge life presents but the way it is perceived and handled that determines the impact it has on a person’s life; therefore, she enjoys helping individuals gain insight into their own thoughts to increase their awareness on how they perceive and handle life issues.