Paula D. Atkinson


Paula D. Atkinson


Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Counsellor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LICSW - LC50079961
Billing and Insurance:
Free Initial Consultation


2440 M St., NW
Suite 314
Washington, District of Columbia 20037

My Approach to Helping

I believe we are all able, and perhaps even meant, to be free from suffering and fear and compulsion. I believe that freedom comes not from always trying to "fix" ourselves but in disconnecting from perfectionist, harmful and old ways of regarding ourselves. I believe no lasting change in attitude or sanity or behavior comes from a place of self-hate or unrealistic expectations. It is only as we learn to love and accept ourselves in each moment that we are able to gently manifest shifts that free us from pain for good.

More Info About My Practice

Please visit my website for more information.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I struggled a great deal with eating and body disorders for most of my life. These compulsions and the thinking that goes with them are so complicated, and can feel completely hopeless and impossible to find freedom. I love knowing what it is really like for my clients that suffer from obsession, anxiety, low self-worth, running thoughts, and uncontrollable shifts in mood. I think it helps the therapeutic relationship and my clients report that it helps them to feel understood and fundamentally accepted.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Struggles resulting from Low Self-Worth, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction & Substance Issues, Eating Disorders, Exercise Compulsion, Body & Food Obsession in males, females, and the LGBTQ community. I also facilitate groups through the book "The Artist's Way" as well as work individually with those feeling stuck and uninspired in their current lives. Also, I'm a registered yoga instructor and have taught & studied yoga and other mind-body techniques for 15 years.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Fear
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Habits
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Power
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Somatization
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Therapy (CDOI)
  • Dance / Movement Therapy (DMT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Self-Relations Therapy
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Yoga Therapy
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