Ayla Badell Westgate, LPC
Title: Mental Health Therapist, LGBTQ+ Adult and Youth
Education: BA in Psychology at Loyola University of Maryland and an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Johns Hopkins University
Specialty: Children and teen mental health, LGBTQ+ health, working with the homeless, refugee, and immigrant communities
Ms. Badell Westgate uses cognitive behavior therapy, trauma-focused CBT, play and filial therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and parent-child interactive therapy. She has worked with children, teens, adults, people experiencing homelessness, the LGBTQ+ community, refugees and immigrants. Born in Bethesda, Ms. Badell Westgate is proud of her Latina and Asian heritage. She has a passion for yoga, mixed marital arts, ultra-marathon running, ballroom dancing, and painting. She believes in the healing power of exercise, meditation, the arts, and play. Ms. Badell Westgate says: “I chose to work at Mary’s Center to help improve the quality of life for all members of our community, especially those who do not have easy access to therapeutic services. Mary’s Center assists in many different realms of health, which helps people to live a happier life.