The Perinatal Project
Shawandalyn Cooley, LCSW

Shawandalyn Cooley, LCSW

Shawandalyn Cooley, LCSW

Loudoun, Arlington, and McLean Offices

Licensed Social Worker

Specialty: Adolescent and Adult, CBT, BBTI (sleep)

Shawandalyn is a passionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 17 years of experience in the mental health field with an intuitive ability to connect with people facing many types of challenges. She is licensed in Virginia and Maryland. Originally from Mississippi, Shawandalyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Shawandalyn has vast professional experience working in civilian and military sectors treating a variety of issues including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and difficulties with stress and phase of life challenges and transitions. Special interests are in women’s issues (self-esteem, guilt, shame and other concerns that impact a woman’s mental health), issues facing military/military spouses, sleep, and difficulties with anger.

Shawandalyn works with adolescents and adults utilizing an interactive and engaging approach, grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy and person-centered philosophy. Engaging people in support of empowerment and removing barriers to emotional wellness is her primary goal.


Our Services

We offer services for perimenstrual, perinatal, and perimenopausal stages of a woman’s life

Treatment begins with an initial evaluation by one of our experienced providers. Recommendations may include therapy or medication evaluation and management.

What is therapy?

Therapeutic treatment begins with an initial evaluation and recommendations, which often combine psychotherapy and medication for complete care, as well as specific exercise and relaxation techniques. Psychotherapy may include individual, group, or play therapy along with family involvement to enhance understanding and improve relationships.
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What is medication management?

Medication management is a method of engaging with patients and caregivers to create a complete, accurate medication list, which is the foundation for addressing medication problems. It aims to ensure the health of individuals and manage their health care costs. Medication management can also result in less money being spent on emergency room visits and hospital stays, as well as reduced illnesses and deaths due to medication noncompliance or negative drug interactions.

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

You are not alone. Up to 20% of new mothers suffer from perinatal mood and/or anxiety disorders.“Normal Baby Blues” will subside within 1-2 weeks. This affects 80% of new mothers. Many women cry easily or feel stressed following the birth of a baby. However, some women experience a more intense sadness that doesn’t go away. If this lasts for more than a couple of weeks, you may have postpartum depression.
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What is TMS?

TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain and improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments fail. TMS treatment often involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses, known as repetitive TMS or rTMS.

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What is telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is the application of telemedicine to the field of psychiatry. It is the delivery of psychiatric assessment and care using telecommunications technology, such as videoconferencing to provide health care from a distance.
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Our focus is on helping patients maximize their strengths to lessen the impact of stress in their lives. At The perinatal project, We Emphasize Results.



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