ABOUT CHRISTOPHER STRALEY

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Christopher Straley
Christopher L. Straley,

LICSW, CGP

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC

OFFICE LOCATION

   3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 134

   Washington, DC 20008

 

Handicap access:  Partial – ramps and elevators, however restroom is narrow
Metro Rail:  Red line, .5 mile walk from either Cleveland Park or Woodley Park stops
Metrobus:  Connecticut Avenue buses
Parking:  On street parking available  (However, do not park on Connecticut Ave. during rush hour restricted times - 7:00–9:30 a.m. and 4:00–6:30 p.m.)

CONTACT

   Phone:  202.270.0856
   Email: 
cstraley@lgbtc.com

   Website: christopherstraley.com

MY APPROACH

Research search shows that regardless of the theory that various therapists use, the most important aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist – a relationship with trust, understanding, acceptance and genuineness. I pay a great deal of attention to the quality of our relationship. I believe that this relationship can be especially important as we live in a society, in which we are constantly connected electronically, but have difficulty connecting emotionally with each other.

With over 15 years of experience, I have found that therapy works best when it is a collaborative effort. To that effect, I am interactive in our sessions together, working to identify goals, asking questions, making observations, and asking for feedback as we make progress together.

Training and education are important to provide the best treatment possible, and are a large part in doing my own work, so that I can best help you. I use cognitive behavioral and insight oriented therapies to create a treatment that meets your individual needs and concerns, working with you to achieve immediate and long lasting changes.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

LICENSES
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, DC

 

EDUCATION

Master’s of Social Work - West Virginia University

Bachelor’s of Arts, Psychology & Sociology - West Virginia University

 

PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIPS

Chestnut Ridge Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia

West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown, West Virginia

 

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

Washington School of Psychiatry, 2007-2009, and 2012-2014

 

CERTIICATIONS & SPECIAL TRAINING

Certified Group Psychotherapist, American Group Psychotherapy Association

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Washington School of Psychiatry

Erickson Hypnosis, Level I

Addictions

 

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Personal Growth

  • Addictions/Substance Abuse/Sexual Compulsion; including crystal meth, sex fusion, and porn addiction

  • Abstinence, 12-Step, and Harm Reductionist Approaches

  • Coming Out/Sexuality Issues

  • Couples/Partner Counseling; including issues around open relationships and infidelity

  • Separations/Breaking Up

  • Life Transitions

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Male Issues

  • Mourning/Grief; including pet bereavement

 

 

SERVICES

Individual, couples, and group psychotherapy

 

 

PAYMENT POLICIES AND INSURANCE

I accept some insurances, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield. If I am not paneled with your insurance provider, many offer out-of-network benefits which will provide some reimbursement to you depending on your individual plan. I will provide the necessary documentation that you will need to get reimbursed. If you decide to use your health insurance plan, I ask that you contact your insurance provider before our first session to determine what your co-pay, deductible, and co-insurance may be. I also accept cash, check, and most credit/debit cards, as payment.

 

 

AVAILABILITY

Monday–Saturday, times vary by day.