Veronica Zapata Velez, LCPC, RPT, NCC

 Veronica Zapata Velez LCPC, RPT, NCC

Veronica Zapata Velez

202-706-0608
 vzapatavelez@gilinstitute.com

Veronica is a licensed professional counselor (LCPC), a registered play therapist (RPT), and a national certified counselor (NCC). She was born and raised in Colombia, allowing her to take a multicultural approach when working with her clients. She has extensive experience working with internationally adopted children and non-conventional families through the journey of establishing a cohesive and working relationship and the acculturation process. Veronica is trained in Theraplay, Integrative Trauma Focused Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Filial Family Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Behavior Problems. Veronica is a doctoral student of counseling, education, and supervision at the University of the Cumberlands. During her dissertation, she is exploring how to build a strong and secure bond between internationally adopted children and their families. She also completed her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Marymount University in 2016, and a bachelor's in psychology from CES University in Medellin-Colombia in 2010.

Along with being a multifaceted therapist, Veronica works as a forensic liaison for Montgomery County, MD. In this position, she works with inmates who have committed crimes due to severe mental illness and incompetency to stand trial. She supports these individuals during the competency restoration process and possible release to the community.

Veronica has experience working in private practice, community mental health, and government agencies. Along with her work experience as a clinical counselor, she is currently working as a teaching assistant for master level students, where she teaches psychopathology, human and growth development, and grief and crisis counseling.