Simona Efanov


Simona Efanov


Professions: Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist


2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Suite 1201
Arlington, Virginia 22202

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My Approach to Helping


"Straight Roads do Not Make Skillful Drivers" (P. Coelho). I believe that individuals go through their own challenges and life journey in an unique way, addressing difficulties as they arise, and continuously developing their sense of self. I believe that people continue growing over time. Sudden life changes, chronic stress, and various forms of personal difficulties may challenge our views and ways we cope with transitions. I see therapy as a process aiming to empower individuals to achieve their goals, foster self-awareness and personal growth.

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating individuals with self-esteem and relationship difficulties, depression, eating disorders, and chronic effects of trauma. I also work with individuals with personality disorders ( BPD, OCPD). I aim to create a supportive and safe environment for individuals and couples to explore recurrent patterns in interpersonal relationships, emotions, and behaviors.

I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multidisciplinary settings, including private practice, inpatient hospital centers, and medical environments. I focus on symptom reduction using CBT interventions and evidence-based treatments as a first line of treatment, and I encourage individuals who want to further explore roots of recurrent patterns, emotions and behavior, to engage in process-oriented, psychodynamic work.

I work with couples and individuals struggling with relationship problems using the Gottman Couples Therapy Method as I am a Level 2 Certified Gottman therapist. I also provide emotion regulation skills, DBT Skills Training, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children and adolescents. I integrate multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

I provide neuropsychological evaluations and comprehensive psychological evaluations for ADHD, TBI, and Learning Disabilities. I am a clinical supervisor and adjunct professor in a clinical psychology program at the American School of Professional Psychology, Northern Virginia.

Prior to moving to the Washington DC area, I contributed to research at McGill University Hospital Center and the Montreal Neurological Institute on the effects of chronic stress on personality, brain circuitry in the areas of eating disorders, traumatic brain injury and on the neuroendocrine effects of stress on psychological well-being. I continue to integrate areas of of neuropsychology and biopsychosocial factors in my clinical work.

More Info About My Practice

A Workshop on The Effects of Chronic Stress on Health: understanding and preventing “burnouts” This 75-minute workshop will help understand how chronic stress may impact health, quality of life and work-productivity. Individuals will learn about Chronic Stress, mindfulness techniques and self care. This psychoeducation workshop consist of an overview of the effects of stress on general well-being, and aims to provide educational material to help individuals cope with stress. The workshop series comprises of three sessions. First Session: how is stress impacting well-being? Second Session: Mindfulness based stress reduction strategies. Third Session: Self-care 101.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I provide a safe environment for individuals with past history of trauma, relationship difficulties, and strugglingw ith personality disorders.

Services I Provide

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • French
  • Romanian

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Gottman Method
  • Neuropsychology
  • Object Relations
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
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