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About Dr. Lee Phillips


My Purpose

Starting a therapy journey takes strength and courage. My purpose is to ultimately help my clients achieve the goals they wish to accomplish. I offer a safe, empathetic, and warm environment. I use interventions that provide symptom relief and a means to improve emotional connections to the individual and others. I have experience treating LGBTQIA+ populations, depression, sexual challenges, substance use, anxiety disorders, trauma, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, chronic illness, and other disabilities.  As a dedicated psychotherapist and sex therapist, I use holistic and evidenced-based approaches to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. I empower my clients to rediscover parts of themselves they have denied due to the core beliefs they have inherited from dysfunctional families. I challenge and support my clients to build new ways of relating, thinking, and being. Clients in non-monogamous, swingers, polyamorous, and kink relationships are welcomed. 

Experience & Education

I am an award-winning psychotherapist and sex therapist with over 15 years of experience. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC, and a Licensed Certified Social Worker at the clinical level (LCSW-C) in Maryland. In addition, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York. I am a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). I am a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT) by the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and a Certified Psychosexual Therapist (C-PST) by the International Association of Psychosexual Therapists.  


I have a full-time virtual private practice where I see clients for telehealth sessions. I offer telehealth sessions for Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and New York residents using a HIPAA-compliant platform with Zoom. I have been in private practice for over a decade, working with individuals and couples. 


I lecture on topics including sexuality, chronic pain, anxiety, stress management, caregiving stress, mindfulness and cognitive strategies for chronic pain, reclaiming sexuality for couples with chronic illness, ethical decision-making, the assessment of mental disorders, therapy with LGBTQIA+ clients, and exploring sexual communication, freedom, and pleasure for gender minorities with chronic illness, pain, and other disabilities. I have 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. 


I am a media expert and have been featured in Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, The Lily Newspaper, Giddy, Greatist, Insider, Men’s Health, InsideHook, AskMen, Social Life Magazine, Park Magazine, Yahoo News, Well + Good, Oprah Daily, Fatherly, MindBodyGreen, PsychCentral, verywellmind, HealthCentral, Bustle, BestLife, and many more. I have been a guest on several podcasts and training platforms discussing sex and relationships, including Sessions with world-renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel. I invite you to see more of my media expert engagements on my press page under resources. 


I hold a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. I am an instructor with The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and an instructor and dissertation chair with Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

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