“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
-- David Richo, psychologist
We all carry wounds, big and small, which affect our inner well-being, our relationships, and our ability to engage with the world. By facing our own pain and suffering with compassion, we have the power to transform it into strength. Often, we cannot do this alone. Therapy is not a quick fix, but rather a journeying together to discover your own capacity for resilience and strength and healing into your deeper, truer self.
Katy Cribbs, LICSW, offers individual psychotherapy for adults looking to address depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, adjustment to life changes, and management of chronic health and pain conditions. She also helps clients navigate various family and relationship issues. Katy specializes in working with adults facing grief and loss, dealing with illness, or coping with caregiving for an elder or a new child. As the mother of a toddler, Katy is particularly passionate about supporting other parents to make meaning and pursue balance in their family role.
Lois Clinton, LICSW, offers individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents, as well as to couples, looking to address depression, anxiety, trauma, stress management, adjustment to life changes. Lois also works with parents of children with a variety of physical, emotional, or behavioral challenges. She truly listens to her clients’ needs and assesses their readiness for change. With her advanced training and experience in trauma, she uses safe and gentle trauma release techniques and various wellness practices that cultivate individuals' capacity for growth and resiliency.
Katy and Lois both take an approach to psychotherapy that uses the therapeutic relationship built on deep trust and incorporates mindfulness, internal and cultural narrative awareness, strengths-based insight building, cognitive restructuring, and attachment theory. They work with clients from a spiritual perspective to focus on what gives meaning, purpose, and connection. Both ground their work in mind-body awareness and utilize tools that tap into the resilience of our bodies to heal ourselves.
The fee for an initial psychotherapy consultation is $170; this initial session will last between 60 and 75 minutes. Subsequent sessions are $150 and will last 45 to 50 minutes. Fees will be collected at the end of each session via cash, check, or credit card. Katy or Lois will contact you by phone before your initial appointment for a free consultation to answer logistical questions and briefly discuss your goals for therapy. Before your first appointment, please be sure to read through and complete the Therapist Client Service Agreement and the Psychotherapy Intake Form, located under forms and also emailed to you upon booking.
Katy’s current clinical hours are Tuesday evenings from 5pm-9pm, Wednesdays from 9 am-1 pm, and some Thursday mornings. Lois's current clinical hours are Mondays from 10am-3pm, Wednesday from 5pm-8pm, and Fridays from 10am-3pm. You can schedule an appointment with Lois or Katy by going to our "Book an Appointment" page or by calling The Well at 202-436-1279. Katy or Lois may also be open to using video or phone therapy sessions to accommodate scheduling, illness, or caregiving.
While not currently in-network for insurance companies, Katy or Lois will work with you to provide the necessary paperwork to submit for reimbursement from your health insurance as an out-of-network provider. More information about submitting for out-of-network psychotherapy reimbursement can be found in the Therapist-Client Service Agreement form. Additionally, please note that psychotherapy is typically an eligible expense for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Care Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs). Please feel free to discuss questions or concerns about billing with Katy or Lois.
If you need immediate mental health support or are unable to keep yourself safe, please contact the DC Access HelpLine at 1-888-7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or call 911 and ask to speak to the mental health worker on call.
Clinical Social Work Supervision
Both Katy and Lois are available to provide clinical supervision for social workers looking to pursue clinical licensure in DC. To discuss fees and hours, please contact The Well at the number provided to inquire about supervision.
Speaking and Training Engagements
Katy and Lois are both available to speak or provide training material to groups or professionals interested in deepening their understanding of trauma, perinatal mental health, resilience and a variety of other topics within their expertise. Please contact The Well for more information.
Mindful Mama Support Circle
Parenthood is an incredible journey, one we cannot make alone. Katy facilitates a support circle for new and veteran moms who want to show up and be more present and calm with their babies and themselves. Together, we will hold a safe and non-judgmental space for you to bring your whole self, a space for sharing the joys and struggles of new parenthood. We will explore practical issues such as feeding and sleeping, as well as topics of emotional adjustment, identity, and relationship dynamics. We will ground our time of sharing with mindfulness, gentle movement, and other self-care practices.
Mindful Mama Support Circles are open to mothers with babies who are zero to six months at the beginning of the session. We ask that you commit to attending all of the sessions if possible; feel free to speak to Katy if you have a circumstance that would make this difficult. Space in the circle is limited to ten mamas in order to build a deep, supportive community. The cost for the eight-week session is $295, and for the four-week session is $149, due at the beginning of the first session.
The next four-week session begins on Wednesday, July 19th, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM at The Well and runs through August 21. There will be an eight week fall session on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 at The Well running from September 7- October 26.
Feeding, changing, moving around with your baby are all welcome, and crying, sleeping, or both is expected (for babies, and maybe sometimes for mamas, too!). Often, mamas will continue to meet once their circle has ended for playdates with their little ones and ongoing nurturing friendships.