BS, QMHP, DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
He was born in Khartoum, Sudan, spend the next 16 years living and raising in several countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Northern America. Mr. Elsirag joined Therapeutic Alliance in 2010, where he works closely with director and owner Mr. Alkesh Patel, LPC, to develop, implement, evaluate, coordinate, communicate, and interpret goals, objectives, policies, procedures, standards, programs, and services in collaboration with administration, support staff, and the general public.
Prior to graduating, Mr. Elsirag worked as Site Director with Fairfax County office of Community and Recreation Services. As a director, he coordinated the development and teaching of a variety of educational classes to students in low-income communities. He also planned, organized, problem-solved and facilitated after-school programs for school-age children in a community center, and assessed student needs and interests to develop suitable programs and services. Mr. Elsirag developed creative programs and educational classes that were recognized throughout the county.
After graduation, he started as an Intensive In-home counselor with an agency that served various regions in the state, worked in several offices, gaining a tremendous deal of experience working with adolescent children and adults with different backgrounds, ages, and beliefs. He continued to excel on given tasks and was elected as a mentor and part of a focus group to help develop programs, policies, and procedures for that particular agency. Mr. Elsirag then joined Therapeutic Alliance to utilize his strengths, experience, skills and knowledge on culture to help raise the awareness and help individuals with different cultural backgrounds.
Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Virginia who has worked with the Therapeutic Alliance team as a clinical supervisor since August 2016. Kelly has extensive experience in a variety of settings assisting at-risk individuals, children and families in the community affected by mental health illnesses. Kelly’s clinical background includes providing individual, family and group therapy to individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, conducting crisis interventions and safety assessments, performing case management and providing clinical program oversight and supervision to ensure the provision of quality services. She believes in a client-centered individualized approach to treatment that builds upon the strengths of the individual using evidence-based practices. Kelly earned her masters in clinical social work (MSW) from Virginia Commonwealth University with summa cum laude honors and then went on to obtain her LCSW. She received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech with a concentration in psychology and sociology. Since her formal education, Kelly has received additional training in the areas of child development, play therapy, applied behavioral analysis, and trauma-focused treatment. She is dedicated to the cause of mental health and truly believes in the power of teamwork and the therapeutic alliance.