Leila Jelvani, LMSW


I am a social worker licensed in Maryland and the District of Columbia. I have a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore. During my graduate training I specialized in mental health. I had internships in Baltimore City at a public boarding school for at risk youth where I provided therapy to students and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender where I assessed clients charged with criminal offenses for mental illness.

Global mental health is of great interest to me, and during my graduate training I attended a mental health conference and visited various mental health agencies in Kerala, India, with a group of students and professors from University of Maryland School of Social Work. After graduating with my MSW I travelled to Bhutan and spent a month providing therapy on the psychiatric unit of the hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan.

After graduate school my work has been focused on providing individual therapy in a community mental health setting. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders. I hold a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Treatment and Study Of Anxiety for Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (EX/RP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders, and I am a professional member of the International OCD Foundation.