Maral Abooali, M.A., CAGS
I am a school psychologist who is completing my residency for licensure at Child Psychological Services under the supervision of Christine Kalchthaler, CAGS, ABSNP. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, a Master of Arts in School Psychology (M.A.) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Psychology from George Mason University in 2017. I have worked as a school-based mental health professional in Loudoun County Public Schools since 2017.
Through my graduate studies and professional experience, I have gained extensive training and experience in assessing children and adolescents, both in a clinic and a school setting. I have experience diagnosing and supporting students with Learning Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Autism spectrum and Aspergers Disorder), ADHD, Mood Disorders (Anxiety and Depression), Behavioral and Conduct Problems, Developmental Delays, and Executive Function difficulties. In my work in a school setting, I serve as a member of both child study and eligibility teams, and provide counseling support to students with mental health needs. In addition, I serve in a consultative role for school administration, teachers, and school staff to identify and implement educational supports to help students reach their full potential. I am a Sources of Strength trainer, and have a certification in PREPaRE for crisis prevention and intervention.
My philosophy in working with children is that it truly takes a village to support them. I utilize cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy approaches, and I firmly believe in taking a holistic approach to foster the development of children. I strive to bridge the gap between community and school, I am fluent in Farsi, and I believe my bicultural background brings a unique perspective to my work.