Kimberly Wilson, MA, MSW, LICSW

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. —Anaïs Nin

UPDATE:  I’m offering in-person sessions for fully vaccinated and boosted clients and teletherapy for all via video. Learn more about my handling of COVID-19 here.

About

Hello, I’m Kimberly and am delighted to meet you!

I specialize in psychotherapy for millennial and midlife women seeking relief from anxiety, overwhelm, and feeling stuck.

As a mindfulness practitioner, yoga teacher, and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience, I bring a holistic and grounded approach to my work.

In addition to master’s degrees in women’s studies and social work, I’m certified in applied positive psychology and veterinary social work, and host a wellness podcast, Tranquility du Jour.

Through my work, I’ve been called upon as a wellness expert for US News & World Report, Washingtonian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, various books, podcasts, blogs, TV, and radio.

I’m also president of Pigs & Pugs Project, have written six books and a lifestyle planner, and host women’s circles and pet loss support groups (sign up for my seasonal newsletter to be the first to know about these offerings).

Oh, and I’m an HSP (highly sensitive person) so I understand the challenges of being perfectionistic, “too sensitive,” and easily overstimulated. I see you!

And, can I just say how proud I am of you for taking this first step with therapy and toward living your best life?

Please reach out if I can assist you on your journey into wellness and wholeness.

Services

Psychotherapy

I specialize in psychotherapy for millennial and midlife women seeking relief from anxiety, overwhelm, and feeling stuck.

Through our sessions, we work together to help you develop emotional regulation, improve communication skills, reduce stress and anxiety, set goals, increase self-awareness, manage overthinking, and highlight strengths.

By providing a safe and non-judgemental space, I’ll help you deepen self-compassion while taking steps to move forward.

We’ll also deepen coping skills so that you can live your best life and create lasting change. Our sessions include tangible takeaways coupled with supportive encouragement and deep listening.

I create an individualized approach specifically for you and incorporate mindfulness-based interventions, body-mind psychotherapy, positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and transpersonal psychology into my work.

For our work, we meet in a light-filled, spa-like setting with whiffs of lavender and a cup of tea situated in the heart of Dupont Circle (or via video).

Learn more about my fees, insurance, and style on the FAQ page.

To schedule a free 15-minute consultation or an appointment, please email me. I look forward to connecting and collaborating!

Coaching

If you live outside the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area, I do offer private coaching services. We meet by phone or video and our work together may be a one-time discussion or a longer ongoing experience.

Coaching is different from deeper therapeutic work and may be used to focus on a specific issue such as pursuing a creative dream or making a career change. Together we create an action plan and monitor progress toward a specific goal.

For more information or to schedule a session, reach out via email.

Groups

In addition to individual work, I also offer women’s groups and pet loss support groups. To know when these offerings open, please join my seasonal mailing list.

Connect

How do I begin?

Please review my FAQs for information on insurance, fees, and the therapeutic process.

If it feels like a good fit, reach out via email to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss what’s bringing you to therapy. I’ll also share insight into my style as a therapist.

Next, we’ll set an appointment and I’ll follow up via email with forms to review and fill out. Please return the completed and signed forms via email 48 hours before our first session.

Location

1724 20th Street, NW, Suite 203
Washington, DC  20009

Situated in the heart of Dupont Circle, we meet in a light-filled setting with whiffs of lavender, soft hues, and comfort throws. During our session, please enjoy a cup of complimentary herbal or caffeinated tea.

If you’re fully vaccinated and boosted and would like to meet in person, please confirm in advance. Otherwise I’ll plan on meeting you online for teletherapy.

Please note that there is no formal waiting area in this boutique office building, so arrive right at our appointment time and dial 203 from the call box.

Next door there’s a lovely local cafe, Emissary, with ample outdoor seating in case you’d like reflection time and a beverage before or after our session.

More Questions?

Please check out my FAQs for additional answers or reach out.

FAQ

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, I’m offering teletherapy via a HIPAA-compliant video platform and offering in-person sessions for fully vaccinated and boosted clients.

Where do I begin?

Please review these FAQs for information on my therapeutic style, fees, insurance, and more.

How do we begin working together?

Upon review of these FAQs, if my style seems like a good fit, please reach out via email to make an appointment or schedule a free 15-minute consultation call.

At the end of the call if we both decide that we’re a fit, we’ll set an appointment and I’ll follow up via email with forms to return before our first session.

What happens in the free 15-minute consultation call?

I like to think of these calls as a meet and greet that gives us the chance to get to know each other. We’ll discuss what’s bringing you to therapy. I’ll also share insight into my style as a therapist and answer any questions you may have.

What’s the start of therapy like?

During our first few sessions we’ll discuss your history, current situation and concerns, and goals for what you hope to accomplish in therapy. This initial period allows us to get to know one another and explore how best to serve your needs.

In our sessions you’ll have an opportunity to develop and practice new coping skills, vent about your struggles, gain perspective and new insights, learn to challenge your thoughts and stories, and receive feedback in a non-judgemental space. We’ll also explore resources and helpful tools to practice between our sessions.

Where is your office?

I’m located in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. For a map and further instructions on connecting in person, please visit the Connect page.

How are you handling COVID-19?

I’m currently offering  in-person sessions for fully vaccinated and boosted clients and teletherapy for all in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia). For in-person sessions, I open a window when weather appropriate and use a HEPA filter air purifier that features a 3-stage filtration system with dual-sided H13 True HEPA filters. These capture at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 microns in size. I also offer lavender hand sanitizer and disposable three-ply masks. Masks must be worn at all times when mandated by DC.

How does teletherapy work?

We meet online via a HIPAA-compliant video platform. Please arrive a few minutes before our session time in a private space without distractions. A closed door and headphones help ensure privacy. Some insurance companies may not reimburse for teletherapy, so please check if that is a concern. Your insurance statement will include the teletherapy CPT code modifier 95.

What’s your style?

I’m honored to be part of my clients’ journey and my style is warm and collaborative. I bring two decades of experience as a mindfulness practitioner, yoga teacher, and wellness entrepreneur which offers a holistic mind and body focus to my work.

Our sessions include tangible takeaways coupled with supportive encouragement and deep listening.

What is your treatment approach?

Pulling from various styles such as positive psychology, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, strength-based, and transpersonal, our work is tailored specifically for you. My goal is to help you gain insight, reduce stress and anxiety, set goals, clarify dreams, uncover strengths, plus develop and deepen coping skills. By providing a safe space, we work together to expand self-understanding and self-compassion while making small shifts to move you forward.

What is your fee?

My fee is $190 per 50-minute session.

How long are sessions?

Our sessions are 50 minutes.

What payment methods do you accept?

I accept all major credit and debit cards. Payment is due at the start of each session.

Do you accept insurance?

I’m an out-of-network provider and do not work directly with any insurance company in-network. You may be eligible for partial reimbursement depending on your plan. For your convenience, I will provide you with a monthly statement to submit for reimbursement. For a list of in-network providers, please refer to Psychology Today.

What should I ask my insurance company?

My services may be reimbursable through your plan’s out-of-network mental health benefits. Prior to beginning treatment, I encourage you to verify your coverage by asking: Does my plan include coverage for out-of-network mental health services? How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider? What is my deductible for out-of-network services and has it been met? Do I have a session limit? What form(s) do I need for submitting my invoice(s) to receive my out-of-network benefits? Is teletherapy covered?

How often do we meet?

For continuity, I prefer to meet with clients once a week and ask that all new clients commit to meeting weekly for the first four weeks. This will allow us to dive into our work together and allow you to start seeing progress. Together we will coordinate a schedule that works best with your preferences, finances, and issues. I may also recommend that we adjust the frequency of sessions to best meet your needs.

Is everything I tell you confidential?

Everything you tell me is confidential with a few exceptions: If I feel that you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, I can break confidentiality to keep you/others safe. If I hear about the abuse (or suspected abuse) of anyone under the age of 18, an elderly person, or someone with a disability, I am mandated to report it. If confidential information is subpoenaed in a court of law, I must comply with the subpoena and this would not happen without your prior knowledge.

If I don’t live in the DC area, can we still work together?

Yes, I offer coaching via phone or video for clients outside the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. Coaching is different from deeper therapeutic work and may be used to focus on a specific issue such as pursuing a creative dream or making a career change. Together we create an action plan and monitor progress toward a specific goal. To schedule an appointment, email me and we’ll explore next steps.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

Although issues such as family and work emergencies, childcare issues, or illness may arise that make it challenging to keep your appointment, I do have a firm 48-hour cancellation policy. Since the appointment time has been set aside just for you, there will be a full session charge for any cancellations within 48 hours.

How do I contact you?

You can reach me via email, phone and text (202.827.5425). I will get back to you within 24 business hours. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.