My name is April Kriz, and I am the therapist at Inner Peace Counseling, LLC. I am a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I have also received certification in Advanced Trauma Treatment by The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy and Education, Inc. and certification as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
I began my own journey into counseling at Loyola University Maryland in the Pastoral Counseling Program. During my time at Loyola, I had the opportunity of learning from an incredible team of professors. These professionals not only challenged me intellectually, but also spritually and psychologically. Their encouragement and guidance are the inspiration for the work I do today. During this time, I also had the opportunity of interning at a Crisis Center working predominantly with women and children emerging from situations of physical and sexual abuse. These experiences were transformational in my development as a counselor and my theoretical perspective. In working with the individuals in this environment, I became acutely aware of the impact of early experiences on people’s choices and relationships with others. Along with this, I learned of the necessity of cognitive behavioral interventions to aid in emotional regulation and understanding of self and others. Recently, I was trained in brainspotting and I now also utilize this in the treatment of trauma.
The counseling profession has proven to be a wonderful choice for me. It combines my love and compassion for others with my love of learning, as psychological knowledge is always expanding. I am fortunate to be able to do what I love!