Meet the Team
Online only (due to Covid) in Bethesda, MD and online across Maryland, Virginia, DC.
Hi, I am Irene Opabajo. I am a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor who works with individuals across different lifespans who have ongoing challenges with depression and anxiety. My goal is to help you stop dwelling on negative thoughts and start helping you make progress towards your goals.
I have a background working with children, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, and familiar relationships.
I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and have experience providing counseling, and care coordination for children and families from different cultural backgrounds with emotional and behavioral concerns.
My Journey To Becoming a Counselor
I am no different from the clients I see. Like everyone else, I am human. I’ve been through both wonderful and difficult experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help.
Growing up with immigrant parents I had experience with trying to navigate the expectations of my family along with expectations I had for myself. I struggled with the anxiety of trying to please others while trying to understand my own needs. I decided to become a counselor so I can help others struggling to find their voice, to be able to find and use it to their fullest potential.
My life experiences are what lead me to become the counselor I am today. As a counselor I’ve realized that helping people is not only a gift to others, but also myself.
It has been inspiring to join people on their journey to become healthier and more empowered and witness them achieve more fulfilling lives.
However, the most rewarding thing about being a Counselor is the opportunity to provide hope when people feel hopeless.
I have empathy for others and bring warmth and understanding to sessions
I have a natural ability to:
- Help people identify what they are feeling
- Reflect people’s thoughts back to them
- Collaborate with people to set goals and help them reach them
- Help clients heal their past and manage the present
People who know me often say that I am a good listener who can help people feel heard and understood which helps people feel seen and start to heal.
Our Sessions Are Focused On You
In our sessions I will provide you with the space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and goals. In feeling safe and comfortable, you will be able to focus on yourself without feeling selfish.
It is important to me to ensure that the process is collaborative. There is no “one size fits all” approach to Counseling, so our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns.
As A Counselor, I Embrace The Following Philosophies
- I believe that empathy can change the world
- I believe that therapy works when both of us are committed to your healing
- I believe that if we continue to keep working and believing in ourselves we can be in a completely different space sooner than we think
- I believe that even if we feel like we’ve lost hope, it’s possible to show up, commit to ourselves, and do what it takes to start feeling better