About Dr. Lee Phillips
I VIEW PSYCHOTHERAPY AS A JOURNEY, AND WE WILL TAKE IT TOGETHER
My purpose is to ultimately help my clients achieve the goals they wish to accomplish. I offer a safe, empathetic and a warm environment. I use interventions that offer not only symptom relief, but also a means to improve emotional connections to the individual and others. I have experience in treating LGBTQIA populations, depression, sexual health related issues, anxiety disorders, trauma, bipolar disorder, co-occurring disorders, chronic pain, chronic illness and disease and substance use disorders. As a dedicated psychotherapist, I use holistic approaches where I treat the whole person and not just the symptoms. Clients who are in non-monogamous, swingers, polyamorous, and/or kink relationships are welcomed. I view psychotherapy as a journey and we will take it together.
My Experience & Education
I have over 12 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the state of 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 the state of Maryland. I am a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). I am a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist by The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. I completed my sex therapy training at The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute in Washington, DC. I practice at a group private practice, Capitol Hill Consortium for Counseling and Consultation. We have an office in Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and an office in Crystal City in Arlington, VA. I have worked in several mental health and substance abuse treatment settings including outpatient community mental health, inpatient psychiatric settings, and private practice. 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. In addition, I hold 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. I am also an adjunct professor with the School of Social Work at Western New Mexico University. I am also a guest faculty member with The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute.
Psychotherapy Is My Passion
I am the resident psychotherapist and sexual health therapist on Invisible Not Broken: A chronic illness podcast, www.invisiblenotbroken.com.
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 writing my 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.
I am a speaker and have 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.