Grace Hipona, Ed.D., NCC, ACS, CSAC, LPC is a native of Kansas City, MO, and has been living in the DC area for about 12 years. She received a bachelor’s degree (BA) from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in Psychology and Sociology and minored in Women’s Studies. She obtained her Master of Science Degree (MS) in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University located in Atlanta, GA, as well. Dr. Hipona also received a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University in Washington, DC. Her dissertation’s focus was on disaster mental health (specifically sheltering-in-place).
Dr. Hipona holds the following licenses and certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Virginia, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor. She is a member of several professional counseling associations and organizations including the American Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota (counselor honor society), National Board for Certified Counselors, Virginia Counselors Association, and Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors.
Dr. Hipona’s professional/clinical experiences involve a variety of issues in the mental health field including, but not limited to, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, rape survivors, trauma, severe mental illness, women’s issues, ADHD/ADD, depression, and anxiety. She has experience providing assessments and individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She also works with a range of ages from 6 years-old to older adults.
Dr. Hipona has experience with higher education in counseling, research in the counseling field, case management, treatment planning, crisis intervention, medication management, psychoeducational groups, training, internship/practicum (undergraduate and masters-level students) supervision, and licensure supervision in the state of VA. Her counseling philosophy includes, but is not limited to, strength-based, person-centered, CBT, Reality and Adlerian therapy. Her specific counseling interventions are individualized based on initial assessments and in collaboration with the client.