About BOLA FANILOLA
It would be my pleasure to join you on your journey to creating more balance in your life. I am a therapist, licensed as a clinical social worker in DC, MD, and VA.
What I Do Best
I enjoy talk therapy which is how I got started in the field. I specialize in working with transitional age youth, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, relationship struggles, life transitions, and trauma. I have expanded my skills to evidence-based interventions which include CBT, CBT for insomnia, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing, and Mind-Body Relaxation. I primarily enjoy CBT and CBT-i because these strategies allow you to understand how your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, are connected. I enjoy practicing techniques that are effective in helping you break self-defeating patterns. Whether you need a person to talk to weekly, or you need some tools to better manage your anxiety or improve insomnia, I believe my experiences have equipped me to guide you to healing.
How I Got Here
My passion for helping those around me ignites from having a childhood that was filled with many different transitions and challenges. I grew up in Nigeria until the age of 6. In Nigeria, I was part of a community that did not have access to clean water, medical care, or qualitative education. As a first-generation American, I find myself going above and beyond in my career as a therapist.
I completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Towson University and a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland. I started out working with the school-based population, providing mental health and crisis intervention for those individuals in the Baltimore City communities. This allowed me to help clients with many socioemotional difficulties, heal from trauma, grief, and other obstacles that would have made it difficult to graduate high school. I later transitioned to working with substance use and co-occurring disorders. I have worked with many clients who struggled with addiction, in addition to challenges with insomnia, anxiety and depression and other mental health difficulties. In these settings, I learned the importance of compassion, trust, and accountability; three primary career values I uphold in my practice. In private practice, I am passionate about focusing on helping clients make real changes in their sleep and mental health through evidence-based strategies.
The Fun Stuff
I have been living in Maryland for most of my life, which is home for me. I live in the area with my fiancé and our little Yorkie. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling with my fiancé, trying out different restaurants in the city, and dancing to afro-beats.