Emily  West

Emily West

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW Master of Social Work, MSW
District Of Columbia Waitlist Online
Dupont Circle Not Accepting In-person
Updated December 17, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life transitions
  • Self esteem
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Family issues

Professional statement

Emily West is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social worker who specializes in working with young adults and their families. Her clients experience a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, loneliness, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, adjusting to life changes, problematic family dynamics, and generally feeling overwhelmed by life.

She believes that therapy is much more than just helping unhappy people be less unhappy. Therapy is about working together toward the contentment and happiness that can come through expanding our understanding and acceptance of ourselves. Emily was inspired to become a psychotherapist by her experiences with therapy and the profound changes it has helped bring about in her life and in the lives of others. Practicing psychotherapy is a privilege.

Emily practices integrative psychotherapy, drawing on approaches to therapy that complement and support one another. Her foundation is in Relational Psychotherapy and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Each client is unique, and clients' needs often change throughout the course of therapy. Emily's integrative approach allows her the flexibility to meet clients where they are at any point in their work together.

Emily is currently offering remote sessions and is waiting along with everyone else to return to her office in Dupont Circle!


Message to clients

Sometimes we worry that coming to therapy means something is wrong. I believe it means something is right.

Often my clients find themselves facing more decisions and questions about who they are and what they want out of their lives and relationships than ever before. This is an important time in life when many people ask themselves: How can I feel like what I do matters?

In therapy, we are curious about who we are, how we got to this place in our lives, about our relationships, and our larger environment. In therapy, we think about change and take the brave steps that lead to change happening.

My approach to therapy is compassionate, direct, and authentic and I keep in mind that therapy is not always about problems and unhappiness. Therapy can also be about happiness and contentment. Throughout the therapy process, many people experience increased self-acceptance, feeling more centered, grounded, and connected.


Specialties

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Self esteem - Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Emily West is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Dupont Circle practice
1724 20th Street Northwest, NW #302, Washington, DC 20009
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Washington DC)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2017 - Present

Catholic University, MSW
Barnard College, Columbia University, BA


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"

She communicated clearly, and I felt she really listened to me.

"

- Zencare client • September 2020

"

Emily is everything I wanted in a therapist and more! I’ve only met with her a few times, but I’ve already learned something about myself.

"

- Zencare client • June 2020