About Dr. Lee Phillips



Dr. Lee's  purpose is to ultimately help his clients achieve the goals they wish to accomplish. He offers a safe, empathetic and a warm environment. Dr. Lee uses interventions that offer not only symptom relief, but also a means to improve emotional connections to the individual and others. He has experience in treating LGBTQIA populations, depression, sexual health related issues, anxiety disorders, trauma, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, chronic pain, chronic illness and disease. As a dedicated psychotherapist, certified substance abuse counselor, and certified sex and couples therapist, he uses holistic approaches where he treat the whole person and not just the symptoms. Clients who are in non-monogamous, swingers, polyamorous, and/or kink relationships are welcomed. 

Experience & Education

Dr. Lee has over 12 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the state of Virginia. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC, and a Licensed Certified Social Worker at the clinical level (LCSW-C) in the state of Maryland. Dr. Lee is a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). He is certified by the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute as a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT).  He completed his sex therapy training at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Lee has worked in several mental health and substance abuse treatment settings including outpatient community mental health, inpatient psychiatric settings, and private practice. He holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. In addition, he holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Norfolk State University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Communication with a minor in Theatre Arts from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Lee writes for Psychology Today, YourTango, Psych Central, and PsychAlive. He is an adjunct professor with the School of Social Work at Western New Mexico University and a guest faculty member with the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.

Psychotherapy Is His Passion

  • Dr. Lee has published in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, conducting a research study on LGBTQ-Affirmative Teaching at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Understanding Program Directors Views.

  • He is writing his first book, Sex & Love When You Are Sick, which helps couples overcome shame and the sexual limitations caused by illness and gives strategies to create and reclaim a sex life that works.

  • He is a speaker and has lectured on topics including sexuality, chronic pain, preventative services, anxiety and stress management, caregiving stress, depression in the elderly, mindfulness and cognitive strategies for chronic pain, reclaiming sexuality for couples with chronic illness, exploring sexual communication, freedom, and pleasure for gender minorities with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities, ethical decision making, and the assessment of mental disorders.

Dr. Lee


2001 Richmond Highway Suite 1201 Arlington, VA 22202

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