Dr. Dowtin, PhD., LCPC, NCSP, RPT-S
Hi, I am Dr. Dowtin a Black cisgender woman who is a licensed clinical professional counselor with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. This means that I am trained, educated, and licensed as a psychologist and as a counselor.
I am the founder and executive director here at PlayfulLeigh Psyched, which is a private teletherapy practice that has been serving Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Missouri since 2018. When I think of home, I think of the DMV (if you know, you know) because that is where I grew up. However, I have not lived there in over 6 years. I have lived in over 10 states and visited 34 states in the US. As a Black trauma therapist, my lived experiences traveling the country and interacting with people has continued to inform the way that I work with patients, the way that I will work with you, your child, or your family.
My work is deeply rooted in helping people heal from trauma. There is no trauma too small, no child too young, no adult old, or no trauma too big that we cannot navigate together. I have found that most people have unresolved trauma that is getting in the way of them living the life - no - experiencing the life that helps them feel whole. I help with that. From interventions such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and children, to Inner Child Healing work for adults, to Child Parent Psychotherapy for infants and toddlers, and Parent-Child Interaction therapy for parents of young children, and many others, I am not only trained, I am experienced with over 12 years in supporting the healing journey of hundreds of people just like you.
I am on the Executive Council for the National Network of NICU Psychologists (NNNP) as an incoming co-chair (2022 - 2025), and serve as a member of the National Perinatal Association’s Perinatal Mental Health Workgroup. I do these things as volunteer acts of service to help decrease generational trauma.
While my work is not limited to one specific race or cultural group, I have a commitment to dedicate a portion of my caseload to serving people from historically, racially, and linguistically marginalized populations with a special focus on Black and brown communities and the Deaf community.
I aim to disrupt the transmission of generational trauma from conception through adulthood. I look forward to supporting you on your journey. Schedule your first session today.
I graduated from Gallaudet University with a PhD in clinical psychology. I also hold a specialist degree in School Psychology from Bowie State University. I am a Maryland and Missouri Board Approved Supervision for LGPC clinicians and I am a Registered Play Therapist. I am trained and certified or rostered in many trauma interventions for young children, families, and adults.
My approach to therapy is person-centered, holistic, and strength-based. I believe the you are the leader in your journey and that me, as a therapist, I am there to be alongside you providing a safe place to process your emotions. I use expressive and playful approaches whenever possible so that you and/or your child experience moments of joy while on this journey.
I specialize in a split age group: birth to age 10 and adults 25 years and older.
I am passionate about supporting the healing journey of trauma survivors and I am certified to work with all areas of trauma. Helping people stop the cycle of generational trauma is very important to me. Work with me if you or your child has any of these needs:
postpartum or perinatal mental health needs
adult trauma survivors
I am a native speaker of English and African American Vernacular English (AAVE), and I am also proficient in American Sign Language (ASL)