About Dr. Lee Phillips


My Purpose

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 with over 13 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 certified by the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute as a Certified Sex and Couples Therapist (CSCT). 

I completed my sex therapy training at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute in Washington, DC. I have worked in several mental health and substance use 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 write for Psychology Today.  I am adjunct faculty at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute in Washington, DC.