Thoughtprint Consulting
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Our Mission

Thoughtprint Consulting specializes in working with people who have mild to moderate medical and mental health conditions and want to live safely and comfortably in their own homes.  We are committed to:

Keeping seniors independent and in their own homes by providing psycho-social assessments, home safety and self care recommendations for aging in-place.

Providing information and counseling to seniors, their family members and friends when making important decisions about care-giving, housing alternatives, and identifying helpful services in the community.

Building and maintaining healthy individuals, couples and families by helping them to communicate well, cope with grief due to loss, navigate difficult transitions, strengthening their identification of values and beliefs and successfully resolving everyday life challenges.

 

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Thoughtprint Consulting also provides therapy and consultation to individuals, couples, and families by helping them learn new ways of coping with both voluntary and circumstantial changes encountered in everyday living.  We provide education on mental health issues, and the challenges associated with adapting to change.  We believe regardless of age, that physical, emotional, and spiritual health is important and when possible should be addressed within the context of an individual's relationships, cultural, and religious values, life goals and objectives.

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INDIVIDUAL THERAPY in a confidential setting to strengthen and enhance self-awareness and resolve obstacles to emotional wellness in relationships and work.  You may be unsure of the exact nature, concern or how to name it, but we can help identify issues you face and recommend a path of healing and recovery.  We will help you navigate through life transitions and particular areas, including the following:  Depression, Loneliness, Relationships, Anxiety, Identity Issues, Life Direction, Grief and Loss, Co-dependency Chronic illness, Caring for Ailing Parents, and Parenting.

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COUPLES THERAPY to address communication, conflict, trust and family concerns.  To help heal and rebuild relationships which are satisfying that provide hope and lasting change.   We are equipped to assist in a variety of relationship stages.  Perhaps you are facing unresolvable relationship issues and seeking help to overcome them.  We provide a safe place for processing a variety of relationship  challenges including the following: Premarital counseling, Partner- style and habits,  Financial Concerns, Emotional and Sexual Intimacy, Depression, Relationship Roles,  Conflict-Resolution,  Anger Management,  Identity Issues, Stress Management,  Family of Origin Concerns,  Co-Dependency,  Managing Expectations, and Work/Life Balance. 

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FAMILY THERAPY to reduce conflict and improve how family members resolve differences. To understand the factors that keep families from relating effectively and to adopt new ways of interacting.  We provide a safe place for processing topics that families encounter, including the following: Parenting, Adolescent Issues,  Blended Families, Anxiety,  Depression, Separation and Divorce,  Emotional Intimacy,  Boundaries,  Discipline,  Grief and Loss,  Sexual Identity,  Communication and  Mental Illness and its Effect on Families.

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Geriatric Care Consultation

If you are looking for expert assistance in caring for a family member, friend, or yourself, Thoughtprint Consulting will partner  with you to help you make the best decisions and deliver the best solutions for you and your loved one as they age. It’s a holistic approach – that respects your values, preferences, and resources.

A geriatric care consultant helps organize an elderly loved one’s total care needs and connects them with resources that might be useful for their situation. After conducting a needs assessment,  we will help you to create a personalized plan that includes the medical, legal, and financial components necessary for that person's care.

We can assist you or your loved one with identifying:

  • In-home caregivers
  • Adult day care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Transportation options

In addition, we can also help educate the senior or the family about:

  • Private insurance
  • Medicare
  • Legal issues
  • Appropriate medical resources
  • Financial matters

Selecting a care consultant is an important and time-consuming task; however, the right person can ease many of a senior's worries and alleviate many family concerns.  The goal of  care consultation is for individuals to achieve an optimal level of wellness and improve coordination of care which is cost-effective.

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sterling hawkins, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  & OWNER
Board Certified Diplomate #27753  (American  Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work)

Academy of Certified Social Workers #884159344

MD License #08720  |  DC License #LC302367

Phone:  202-469-1077

Sterling Hawkins is a Master’s level licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practitioner since 1989 and in part-time private practice since 2011. He holds licenses in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  His underlying philosophy and orientation come from working with seniors and their families as a social work case manager in hospital acute care and home health care settings by providing functional assessments, identifying federal, state and community resources and performing individual, family, and group therapy for those who suffer with mild cognitive impairment and adjustment issues related to transition and loss,  Sterling creates a supportive environment of empathy, trust, confidence and success when working with his clients.

EDUCATION

Certificate in The Care of Older Adults, George Washington University, District of Columbia, 2016

M.S.W. (Master of Social Work),  Florida State University  1989

B.A. in Sociology, Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL  1986

Certificate in Intercultural Ministries,  Moody Bible Institute,  Chicago, IL 1983

Sterling regularly attends workshops, seminars and conferences to stay current with  research, theories and therapeutic techniques.

MEMBERSHIPS

Greater Washington Society For Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

VOLUNTEER BOARD AND PARTICIPANT EXPERIENCE

So Others Might Eat- (SOME) Volunteer 2016- Present

DC VA Medical Center Executive Committee Board-  2009 - 2011

Veterans Administration VISN 5 Social Work Professional Standards Board- 2009 - 2010

Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work Referral Panel-  2001- 2005

Pro-Bono Counseling Project  Participant– 2003 - 2004

Capital Association of Diabetes Educators  Board Member- 2002 - 2006

CVS Health Connection – Advisory Board Member -2001 - 2002

EXPERIENCE

Since 1989 Sterling has worked in a variety of settings.  His primary experience was established in Acute Care Medicine and Home Based Primary Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC where he has worked with aging veterans and their families to educate and provide behavioral health services.  Preceding his work with the  VA,  he worked in private-sector Home Health;  Inpatient Mental Health; and in the recent past as a Behavioral Consultant for the Maryland Department of Social Services Medicaid Waiver Program for at-risk seniors.  In addition to his full-time work he maintains a part-time practice Thoughtprint Consulting, LLC.  Sterling has worked with hundreds of individuals and families in the Greater Washington Area, by helping them obtain in-home care, identify alternative housing, resolve caregiver- burden, address: health management concerns, depression, anxiety, work-life balance,  grief and past trauma.

THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES USED

Sterling uses an eclectic mix of therapeutic techniques depending on the situation or problem with which the client, couple or family presents. These techniques include psychodynamic approaches, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally-focused couples therapy,  journaling, photo-therapy, relaxation and mindfulness techniques.  These methods work well together to help clients establish stability, develop healthy relationships, and manage difficult emotions.