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Abena Habia, LCSW

Abena Habia, LCSW


Licensed in DC #LC200001342
Insurances Accepted: Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna

My Therapy Style

My therapy style is to meet clients where they are and provide a safe space to be their authentic selves through a culturally meaningful lens. I am passionate about supporting clients from all cultural backgrounds to overcome obstacles preventing them from being the best version of themselves. During our sessions, we would explore how your thoughts and past experiences trigger your mood-related symptoms. I believe a strategy for therapy should not be a cookie-cutter approach, therefore, together, we would explore interventions and coping techniques to meet your needs while utilizing your strengths.

Education & Training

Bachelor’s Degree - Social Work and Psychology, University of Ghana, Ghana

MSW - Social Work, Howard University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

Growing up I realized that I had a skill of positive interpersonal relationships with people. My friends, family, classmates, and even strangers always told me I am able to soothe them in times of aggravation. This made me conscious of the fact that interacting with people is actually a skill that can serve a good purpose in society. The most rewarding part of being a clinician is the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of people. I became a mental health professional because I am passionate about supporting people to reach their full potential.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy trying new restaurants and cuisines from different cultures (I am a foodie!).

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Prayer, meditation, practicing gratitude, journalling, and bonding with my children.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

I am passionate about non-profits that focus on promoting biopsychosocial support and socioeconomic justice in any given community (especially in developing countries).

How do you recharge?

Engaging in physical activities, watching movies/TV shows, listening to music, eating healthy, and resting. Once a year I travel to my country of origin (Ghana) to connect with my family and childhood friends.