Alicia H. Clark, Psyd

Psychologist In Washington DC - Alicia H. Clark PsyD

Therapeutic Services - Washington DC

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." William James (1842-1910)

By the numbers

A look at my caseload
Young Adults

Therapeutic Approach

As a licensed psychologist in Washington DC with more than 25 years of experience helping people cope with life more effectively, I have trained in evidence-based psychotherapy methods that work. While I tailor my therapeutic services to meet clients’ needs and goals utilizing only the most appropriate strategies for each person and situation, there are some generalities that are common to all treatment modalities. These commonalities include the building of insight, education about the neurobiology of behavior, appropriate cognitive and behavioral strategies, and the healing experience of a collaborative and compassionate relationship.

The Change Process

People who are curious about themselves, open to learning more about their role in their world, and motivated to learn and implement new strategies typically have the most success working with me. Time between sessions is as important as time within sessions, as this is where the therapeutic work is tested and fine tuned. With ongoing awareness and curiosity, new perspectives and behaviors are identified and practiced until they become effective habits. This growth gives way to increased confidence, more efficient coping, and feelings of happiness and satisfaction.  

Individual Therapy
Individually I work with adolescents, adults, and seniors who are curious to understand more about themselves, and ready to unlock their inner strength towards creating the life they want. I help people identify their strengths, and uncover patterns that are holding them back from feeling the satisfaction and joy they want in life. This growing self awareness creates the foundation on which sustainable change can be built and is necessarily unique to each individual.

Couples Therapy
Whether you are in a long term relationship, or just starting out, couples therapy can help you strengthen your relationship with your partner. Communication skills are an early and consistent focus in my work with couples as well as identifying areas of conflict where both of you might be feeling stuck. Once I help you learn and practice better communication skills, we will together uncover the patterns that are holding you back from finding the happiness and satisfaction you both want.

Family Therapy and Parenting
Like with Couples Psychotherapy, emphasis is placed on improving communication skills, and understanding the patterns within the system that are keeping it stuck. With improving communication skills, these conflicts can be understood and reshaped such that healthier interaction can prevail. Through this process, healthier relationships are established, and key interpersonal skills are learned to sustain these improvements.

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  • "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard
  • "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
  • "Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions." - Dalai Lama XIV
  • "In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start." - William James
  • "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor E. Frankl
  • "The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage." - Thucydides
  • "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." - Redmoon
  • “The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will blossom like flowers” - Thich Nhat Hanh