Allison Kacmar,LICSW, LCSW

Allison Kacmar,LICSW, LCSW

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW - LC200002037
Secondary Credential: LCSW - 0904012975
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Fees: For the moment, as I am opening my practice and getting settled, I am sticking to Telehealth. My hope is that by the end of summer 2024, I will be able to have a brick and mortar office. At which point, I would see clients Telehealth and in person. For now, I would love to meet you online. I do take most major insurances, some are still in the process of credentialing but it should not be long (60 days or less). I also accept private pay. Living in the National Capitol Region, I understand costs can soar. I am doing my best to make mental health accessible. I do have a sliding scale. As of now, the lower end is $40session - $100session. If you need to private pay until the credentialing goes through, please reach out. We can work through a private pay system until your insurance has added me as a provider.
I am currently credentialed with Aetna, Cigna, BCBS- MA (they were quick!) Within the next 30-45 days we expect traditional BCBS, Oscar Health, Oxford, United Health Care, and CareFirst.
Independently, I am working through my credentialing with Tricare (I am a military spouse), Medicare, and Medicaid. As soon as I am cleared with each one I will update my profile. Lastly, for out of network, I can provide you a Superbill at the end of each month to submit to insurance for reimbursement.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Springfield , Virginia 22153

My Approach to Helping

Experienced, dedicated, and compassionate clinician; looking forward to being a part of your journey.

My approach to therapy is relational first - every time a client meets you for the first time, they are putting themselves in a position of vulnerability. One of my primary goals in those first few sessions is to get to know the person across from me. Not only their symptoms, or their diagnosis. I believe it is more important to allow the client to feel comfortable and confident. To mirror that, I too allow some of myself come through. In so many instances, I am asking clients to divulge deeply personal information. Building trust takes time, it also involves give and take. Thus, I tend to share much of myself with my clients. Not in a way where they feel they have to care for me, or that they feel the session is about me. Enough though, in that they see me as a human. They see me as someone who can understand how some the world can get away from us at times, and typically when we least expect it. I am here to help you with navigating those moments. Or maybe things are going great, and you finally have time for therapy but aren\'t really sure because \"nothing is wrong with me.\" Nothing is wrong with anyone who seems me. We are human, we experience good, bad, and indifferent. Therapy is not a space for \"crazy,\" it is a space for you as you are, without worry, without judgement. I hope I can become a part of your journey.

More Info About My Practice

The biggest thing that was not included as much - I am online only at this time. I do plan to have in person sessions available. My goal is by the end of summer; for now I am sticking to telehealth. My home is quiet and private throughout the day. In times where anyone else is home, I am in my home office. It is well insulated to minimize sounds transferring outside of our bubble.

What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist

I love being a therapist because I am able to be a part of other people's stories. I believe everyone has a story. Their diagnosis, their symptoms, and their current environment are only bits and pieces of who they really are, as a whole. By working with someone as a clinician, I am able to learn about the larger parts of the whole. I am able to help people walk through their experiences and find the areas in which they are strong. Even if they don't believe they are ;-) Then we explore the areas in which a person may have room for growth, as we all do. Together, we create a plan of action to grow in the areas you want to grow, and to help you really believe in the strengths you have. Being a psychotherapist, I am able to be a part of this entire process. I cannot imagine a greater honor. I know it sounds cheesy and yet it is still very true. I hope I am able to walk through your journey and help you see how awesome you are.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

This is a HUGELY important question - or statement. It is a very common misunderstanding regarding therapy. Therapy is a place where YOU are able to have space to explore, yourself, your life, your past, your future, your relationships... whatever it is that you feel is most important. Therapy is for many a sounding board; a way to sort through your thoughts with someone who may be able to help you untangle some things which are most knotted. Or when things are going well, and you are feeling good. Therapy is a great place to be able to share that good news; additionally, it is a time to review previous symptoms and frustrations within remitted diagnoses. This allows for you to identify some of the previously unnoticed triggers and feelings that may serve as warnings for symptoms. We can then plan how to cut those negative spirals off before they start. Going to therapy, it makes you strong, it helps you understand yourself better than most do, and it makes you more aware of ways you are stronger than ever.

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Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Groups I Work With

    Short Answer: people who have suffered Trauma, people diagnosed with PTSD, persons within the LGBTQIA+ community, people who have been diagnosed or believe they have a mood disorder (bipolar, anxiety, depression, etc.), ADHD (primarily older adolescents and adults), couples, families, groups, individuals, those working as first responders, medical staff, and militaryveteran populations. I am sure there are more, because no person is just one of these things. No person is their diagnosis.

    Long answer:
    I work with a variety of clients and populations. Having been a military spouse for the last 15 years, and my spouse retiring this year, I have encountered a wide variety of people. I have been fortunate to work with different populations, to learn new techniques, and to gain a better cultural understanding of populations which I was once ignorant of as a clinician.

    My primary focus is treatment of trauma. I have spent years training in trauma modalities. Meaning, I am fully able to assist with clients working through traumatic memories, or PTSD. From childhood abuse, to combat trauma. I have worked with child survivors of sex trafficking, and survivors of intense abuse. Related, I work with dual diagnosis. Often times, when we as people experience severe trauma but are unable to reach out of help, people self-medicate in order to function. So I am very comfortable treating clients who come in and may still be using substances as a self-medication, to numb their trauma. Living in rural Kentucky, was the first place I engaged with this community and learned so much from them. Rural Kentucky is also an incredibly difficult place to but within the LGBTQIA+ community. As clinicians willing to treat clients within the community were sparse at best, when I began private practice I tried to fill the gap. I work extensively with those in the LGBTQIA+ community, from exploring their identity, to talking to family and friends, and relationships. I also worked extensively with the trans community. My focus was more with young trans folks (10+), trans teens, and trans young adults. Later, upon recognizing the need, I began working with the parents as well. Individually and in groups.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Military/Law Enforcement
  • Education
  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Communication Problems
  • Dissociation
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma

Types of Therapy

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