Victoria Ringo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College in Massachusetts and planted roots in the Baltimore-Annapolis area while interning with Johns Hopkins. Victoria has worked with numerous populations and in a variety of settings, including in-home services in Therapeutic Foster Care, Sheppard Pratt’s Trauma Disorders Inpatient Unit, and Residential Hospice Care. Most recently she has been facilitating group therapy with both adolescents and adults in a Psychiatric Day Hospital. Throughout these work experiences, Victoria has been repeatedly drawn to helping children and families. She recognizes the range of challenges that can be faced by children and adolescents — self-esteem, expressing emotions, communication, maladaptive coping strategies — as well as those adults who fall into the sandwich generation and are taking on the role of caregiver to their aging parent(s). Victoria has worked with clients and families in a variety of environments and finds these therapeutic relationships intensely rewarding.
Victoria believes in calling on a variety of tools and philosophies to work collaboratively with clients to determine their path to wellness. While Victoria’s clinical approach has a foundation in psychodynamic theory, she also uses elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT-informed strategies, feminist psychology, and non-directive play therapy with young children. Victoria believes in the importance of establishing a strong rapport and strives to provide clients space, empathy, and validation. She firmly believes that everyone has the capacity for positive and lasting change. Specific areas of interest include anxiety, depression and mood disorders, transition and change, and invisible disabilities.
Prior to a career in social work, Victoria worked in arts and education for 15-years. She was active in educational theater, directed theater projects with children and adolescents, and worked as an early childhood development teacher. Victoria is thankful for the multiple skills developed during her years in education that continue to be called on in her current work with clients, such as responding with flexibility, considering a seemingly unusual approach, and incorporating therapeutic humor.