Sheva Melmed, LCSW-C, has 15 years of experience working children, teens, adults and their families in several school, hospital and office settings, including YMCA Youth and Family Services, Episcopal High School, and Suburban Hospital. She is especially passionate about working with children, teens and their families to create a vibrant and nurturing family life.
Areas of Interest
Sheva works with a diversity of children and teens who face challenges ranging from mood disorders, anxiety, and behavioral issues, and has particular experience supporting families with adopted children, separating and divorced families, and step families. She has a focus in working with multicultural and interfaith families looking to negotiate the varying languages of faith and culture. She is keenly aware of how race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identities have an effect on each individual. She also has a particular passion for working with maternal mental wellbeing and identifying how to create a robust ecosystem of support for mothers.
Sheva has a warm presence and collaborative style, and works with her clients to create an inner sense of wellness and healthy relationships. She supports clients in exploring underlying feelings and experiences which strive to be seen and felt, and works to help them identify and shed old relational patterns, and to cultivate new ways of connecting with loved ones.
Sheva uses a dynamic style which incorporates attachment, family systems, mindfulness, and play-based theories. She utilizes her training in insight-oriented and relational therapy to help clients better understand and express their inner experiences and develop more authentic and loving relationships.
Education and Experience
Sheva received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She has since trained at the Washington School of Psychiatry’s Clinical Supervision Program and The National Group Psychotherapy Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in Latin American Studies. Before becoming a social worker, Sheva lived and worked in Mexico and Central America.
Sheva offers therapy in English and Spanish
Address: 3930 Knowles Avenue, Suite 200, Kensington, MD 20895