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Silvia Burwell Ms. Burwell is a bilingual psychologist and counselor, originally from Chile. She received a professional degree in Clinical Psychology from the Universidad Católica de Chile and a master’s degree from the University of Washington, at Seattle, WA, in Educational Psychology and Counseling. Ms. Burwell is a constant learner of new research, theory and therapeutic techniques. Her practice is always informed by this, in addition to her core alliances to psychodynamic, relational-cultural therapy, trauma,attachment and mind/body psychology practices and theories. Every person is a whole entity: as a biological, emotional and spiritual being, all of these aspects influencing each other and creating both healthy and unhealthy ways of coping with the stresses from the environment. When working with patients, she focuses on strengthening those coping mechanisms that have been successful for them, in dealing with life struggles, while helping to replace those that do not support their personal growth, or their loving relationships with important people in their life.

Ms. Burwell has more than 30 years of experience working with patients of all ages and cultural backgrounds, both in mental health organizations, as also in the public schools system. She has had a successful private practice for over 20 years, where she has worked with individuals, couples and families. Currently, she is finishing a book that is the fruit of her extensive experience working with immigrant Latino families struggling with the damaging effects of the long separation between parents and children caused by their forced immigration at different times.

Important announcement

Ms. Burwell has closed her office in Alexandria, VA as of July 1, 2017, after many wonderful years of work in this location.  She has moved to Western Massachusetts, to be closer to her family. If you would like to contact her, please send her an e-mail at silviaburwell@gmail.com.