Arminda is a graduate of Widener University with a Master of Social Work and Specialization Certificate in Social Work and Trauma Practice and has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Master of Business Administration, and certificates in Horticultural Therapy and Pastoral Care. She has also met the rostering requirements to be listed as a CPT provider and is trained in EMDR and other evidence-based psychotherapies for trauma.

Arminda enjoys working with adults who may feel overwhelmed, “stuck,” or that their stress, health, or history of trauma affects their current function and mood. She also works with individuals to help heal the wounds associated with racism, discrimination, and oppression. She is committed to creating a culturally-responsive and welcoming space where individuals feel seen, heard, felt, and understood.

Arminda's philosophy is that every individual has strengths to explore and can be empowered, even when there are only a few resources available. She strives to collaborate with individuals on ways they believe will best help them navigate the challenges and distress they are struggling against. She views life as a journey that has ups and downs, but the downs do not have to be "pits" that we cannot climb out of. She feels honored to support individuals as a partner and fellow traveler on their journey.

In her spare time, Arminda enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, exercising, road trips, and spending time with family and friends.

Arminda is a Supervisee in Social Work in the state of Virginia. What this means is she is approved by the Virginia Board of Social Work to provide services to you under the supervision of a licensed professional as she completes her supervision requirements for credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). At this time, Arminda is under the supervision of Jody Sweeney, LCSW (Virginia license number 0904004847). Jody's contact information is: 434-297-7190,, PO  Box 801097, Charlottesville, VA  22908

Issues Treatment Approaches

Caregiver Burden
Chronic Disease
Racial Trauma
Traumatic Stress, PTSD

Cognitive-Behavioral  Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Culturally Responsive
Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Motivational Interviewing
Narrative Therapy
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)
Written Exposure Therapy (WET)