I specialize in working with individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, chronic stress and family issues. My experience and specialties focus on self-control (the ability to regulate thoughts and emotions) and grit (perseverance and sustained interest toward goals) and how these characteristics influence academic and professional achievement. Treatments vary and include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered and Solution Focused Therapies. Many of the concerns I see include stress reduction, parenting, dealing with life transitions, adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, work issues, abuse, trauma and LGBT concerns. 

I believe that our mind and body are closely integrated, and greater awareness and understanding of the mind-body connection can help a person more effectively cope with their daily concerns. I often encourage mind-body practices into the healing and growth process using mindfulness practices such as guided imagery, symptom relief effectiveness, breathing for tension release and increased awareness and work-stress management.

Treating children is a special interest of mine and I work closely with schools, psychiatrists and physicians, making sure everyone is on the "same page" with treatment.  My specialty areas focused with children and adolescents are parenting, child custody issues, depression,  anxiety, school issues, bullying and physical and emotional abuse.  

I have Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the George Washington University.  I have completed courses with UPENN's Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and UNC's Post Graduate Positive Psychology Program with Barbara Frederickson. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor in both the State of Virginia and the District of Columbia. I am also a Certified Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), that works with military personnel and their families. I am certified as an Accredited Clinical Supervisor (ACS) as well.

I have been working in Northern Virginia for the past 19 years and have worked with the Alexandria City, Fairfax and Prince William County School Systems and all County Government Mental Health Centers. I have also worked with many private schools in the DMV area. I have extensive experience working with counseling children in cases of custody and divorce. I have been approved as an expert witness for custody cases  in DC, VA, MD, AL, CO, FL and Washington State, regarding children I have counseled.  I have been a board member of the Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counseling group and am currently a member of the Alexandria VA Chamber of Commerce.

Lori Williamson-Carrick