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Paula da Silva

I serve children, adolescents, and adults online across Maryland.

Hi, I’m Paula da Silva. I’m a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents, and young adults who have ongoing challenges with depression, anxiety, behavior and conduct issues, difficult life transitions, grief and trauma. My goal is to help you develop healthy, life-long skills that empower and equip you to face the challenges of life.

My Journey To Becoming a Counselor

Pursuing a career in counseling was a no brainer for me. Wanting to understand why I felt, thought, and did the things that I felt, thought, and did started at a young age for me. Raised in an Afro-Latino household by immigrant parents, life had its fair share of struggle and the topic of mental health was not frequently touched on or considered. I know how difficult it can be to be met with uncertainty and wonder what’s next. I know how hard it is to be able to see and hear other people, but feel unseen and unheard- to be surrounded by a crowd, but feel alone. I ALSO know it doesn’t need to end there and that there is always an opportunity for change. There is nothing more liberating than confidently turning the page in your story, knowing you will be writing differently. A good support system is key in achieving this.

Helping People

Being a Counselor is an honor. To be entrusted with an individual’s life story is a privilege I do not take for granted. I love seeing people walk away from feeling heavy, hopeless, and hurt straight into finding their strength and feeling lighter, hopeful, and free. The most rewarding thing about being a Counselor is seeing a person walk away excited about their progress and confident in their growth.

I am committed to encouraging you to see healing and transformation.

I Have Compassion For People And Bring Heart And Warmth To Sessions

I have a natural ability to: 

  • Reflect people’s thoughts back to them
  • Collaborate with people to set goals and help them reach them
  • Help people feel comfortable and validated
  • Help people identify and use their strengths
  • Help people identify areas of improvement and inspire life-altering self accountability

People who know me often say that I am a good listener with an open mind and heart.

Our Sessions Are Focused On You

Sessions will provide you with the space to feel what you need to feel. In feeling safe and comfortable, you’ll be able to be yourself and explore your thoughts, feelings, and goals.

It’s important to me that our sessions embody transparency, collaboration, and trust. There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to counseling, so our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns and you will consistently be met with a counselor who is ready to meet you where you are at and walk the journey together.

As A Counselor, I Embrace The Following Philosophies

  • I believe that you are worthy of love and care
  • I believe that emotions heal when they are witnessed and validated
  • I believe that change is possible when you allow yourself the space to do the work
  • I believe that you already hold the key to your breakthrough

Let’s Discover How I can Help

Start rising above what you are going through. where you can share what’s going on for you and we can explore how I can help.

Professional Background

I have worked in both hospital and private practice settings, providing mental health services for individuals across the lifespan.

I obtained my Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Maryland. Afterwards, I obtained my Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, licensed in Maryland and I am currently working towards my Registered Play Therapist credential.

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