About Sabine Cornelius

Sabine Cornelius, PhD, MSW, LICSW, is licensed as an independent clinical social worker in the District of Columbia. In 2002, she obtained her Master’s degree in clinical social work from the Smith College School for Social Work, where she also served as adjunct faculty in 2009. Ms. Cornelius further holds a doctorate degree in economics and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in international mental health at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Ms. Cornelius has worked creatively, effectively and empathically with individuals struggling with painful childhood memories and traumatic life experiences, HIV/AIDS, personal and work stress, anxiety and depression, social isolation and relationship difficulties, and eating disorders. Prior to joining the MFA, Ms. Cornelius has helped people with complex needs in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatry, LGBT-friendly mental health services for people living with HIV/AIDS, university student counseling, and family services. In addition, Ms. Cornelius provided clinical supervision and training to psychosocial care providers in conflict affected countries.

Ms. Cornelius' therapy style is caring and strength based. She integrates different forms of therapy in which she has been trained, such as emotionally focused couples therapy, experiential short term dynamic psychotherapy, creative and expressive modalities for treating trauma, as well as somatic experiencing, and group therapy. While her background is in psychodynamic "talk" therapy, she feels strongly about helping patients to (re)connect safely and gently with emotional and physical sensations in their bodies, in order to learn how to self-regulate uncomfortable feelings, particularly anxiety.

Ms. Cornelius works comfortably with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds as she collaborated closely with counterparts in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and South East Asia in her prior careers in international social work and social development.

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