Alicia Flanagan (she / her / hers)
I'm a licensed independent clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 12 years. I currently live and work in the greater Washington DC area and am licensed to practice in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts. I specialize in treatment for trauma, depression and anxiety. I have significant experience working with Veterans, pregnant and postpartum people, immigrants, students and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. I'm interested in helping people change by first practicing acceptance of who we are right now, teaching skills to be mindful of the present moment experience.
I use evidence-based practices designed to improve and alleviate negative symptoms of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and poor self-image. I approach work transparently, inviting open discussion of my diagnostic impressions and treatment modalities. While homework is not required, between-session work is essential to practice skills in real-life applications to make positive change. Enhancing motivation for between-session work will be part of the therapeutic process.
Most importantly, I try to establish a safe place where people do not feel judged. I encourage people to bring their whole selves into therapy, even the parts of themselves they don't particularly like. We all have these parts and they need compassionate attention.
My office is in Maryland near The University of Maryland and accessible by public transit, car, and bike. However, I'm exclusively practicing telehealth at this time. Therapy will return to in person at a TBD date in the future.
I obtained my Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and completed practicum training at Boston area hospitals including Beth Israel Lahey (formerly BIDMC) and Boston Medical Center. Prior to starting my private practice 4 years ago, I practiced for 10 years. I was an outpatient psychotherapist at the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs VA Medical Center. I also formerly worked in crisis intervention at Boston Medical Center and on inpatient trauma intensive care units, emergency room and inpatient and outpatient perinatal care at Beth Israel Lahey Health hospital. This breadth of experience has equipped me with a great foundation to support my clients today, and I'm grateful for the privilege of having a job where I can support people seeking help.