Desiree Pearson,Ph.D.

Desiree Pearson,Ph.D.

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 0810005524
Secondary Credential: Psychologist - PSY1001414
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: FEES:
I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation. I warmly welcome your call or email.

$275-Initial intake session (45 minutes)
$275-Individual session (45 minutes)
$300-Couples Session (50 minutes)


218 N. Lee St.
Third Floor
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia 22314

View Accessibility

My Approach to Helping

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Struggling with making life decisions? Congratulations! You've taken the first step towards seeking change. Listening to intuition and addressing what distresses you is a sign of strength. Respect, empathy, support, active listening, collaboration and confidentiality are a top priority and values that guide my practice.

I welcome the opportunity to work with you to uncover your inner strengths and live your life reaching towards your fullest potential. Self-discovery and awareness occur in the context of a working therapeutic relationship; reasons why I feel the fit between therapist and patient is so important. I encourage you to follow your inner voice about what feels right when searching for a therapist.

Each patient and couple is unique and therefore I use an individually tailored eclectic and flexible approach integrating techniques from various modalities depending on patients' needs. I encourage individuals and couples to be active participants in their treatment enabling them to explore previously undiscovered aspects of themselves. Within the context of the therapeutic relationship, patients can explore patterns of behavior related to beliefs, attitudes and past experiences.

I would be happy to speak with you during a complimentary phone consultation. I warmly welcome your call or email.

More Info About My Practice

Background Experience and Qualifications:

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University. I earned an additional Master of Arts and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus. I completed my doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and have also received training at Montefiore Medical Center, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Psychological Services Section, Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, South Beach Psychiatric Center: Heights Hill Adult Outpatient Clinic, and the Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus Psychological Services Center. I am also provisionally certified as a NYS School Psychologist and a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

My post-doctoral experiences include working in private practice. In addition, I have worked as a pediatric psychologist in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) at Montefiore Medical Center and as a police psychologist at the Psychological Services Section-Medical Division of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) conducting psychological evaluations of potential candidates for employment in civil service positions and providing on-call emergency evaluations for members of service following a crisis.

What Makes up a Problem?

When something in your life is causing you distress or interfering with your functioning, it's a sign of strength to seek help to address these issues.

Image Gallery

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    "Emerging Adults"-(Young adults 18yo-40yo), Abuse survivors, LGBTQIA populations, any ethnic group, struggling parents, new parents, moms struggling with depression, anxiety, and mood issues during and or after pregnancy, couples

Industries & Communities Served

  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • LGBTQ+
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Somatization
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

See other therapists in Alexandria, VA.

By using this site, you signify your assent and agreement to the Terms of Service.

GoodTherapy uses cookies to personalize content and ads to provide better services for our users and to analyze our traffic. By continuing to use this site you consent to our cookies.