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About Dr. Lee Phillips


My Purpose

Entering therapy is a courageous first step towards making meaningful changes in your life. 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 challenges, anxiety disorders, trauma, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, chronic pain, chronic illness, disabilities, and disease. As a dedicated psychotherapist, certified substance abuse counselor, and certified sex and couple’s therapist, 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. 

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) 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. In addition, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New York. I am a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). In addition, I am a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT) certified by the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. 


 I currently have a full time private practice in Manhattan where I see clients in-person and for telehealth sessions. I offer telehealth sessions for Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia residents using a HIPAA compliant platform with Zoom. I have been in private practice for more than a decade, working with individuals and couples.


 I lecture on topics including sexuality, chronic pain, anxiety and 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. Please see my work with the media on my press page under the Resources tab.


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. Please see my Services page on how I can help with your therapy needs.

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