Vicki  Goodman

Vicki Goodman

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in Woodley Park practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Mindfulness
  • Relationships
  • Existential crisis
  • Life transitions
  • Spirituality & religion
  • Anxiety

Professional statement

Vicki Goodman is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington, D.C., who is most known for mindfulness based psychotherapy.  She specializes in relationship issues, existential issues, depression, anxiety, spirituality and life transitions, including loss, divorce, relationship changes and relocation. She has a special interest in the interface of psychotherapy, mindfulness and contemplative practices. In sessions, she and her clients attend to the body/heart/mind. She sees individuals, couples, families and provides group psychotherapy. She has trained in somatic therapy, psychodrama, Family Systems, Imagery, Gestalt and group psychotherapy.

Vicki works with clients to bring a wise and compassionate attention to: building intimacy in relationships, stress management and mood changes. Vicki has developed a space where clients do not feel the need to change who they are—instead they can learn how to accept both themselves and the challenges they are facing. Over the last twenty-five years, she has practiced Insight Meditation and studied Buddhism. Vicki is a member of Insight Meditation Community of Washington's (IMCW) Teacher’s Council. She completed the Community Dharma Leaders Program in 2008 and the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2013, both out of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She currently teaches classes in Washington, DC and regularly sits meditation retreats.

Message to clients

People come for therapy when they are hurting or feeling stuck in unproductive thinking and behavior. Therapy can be a refuge for you to work through conflict, unpack painful experiences, and ultimately gain more understanding of yourself. It is a way of discovering truth and layers of meaning together with someone who offers support, respect, and an unbiased perspective. We will take a collaborative approach to help you identify patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are creating personal challenges. It can be confusing when we find ourselves in situations that seem to make little sense or are preventing us from feeling content. Often these are automatic responses that feel familiar but no longer work for us. We will explore what causes your suffering and what can alleviate your suffering.

Mindfulness based psychotherapy emphasizes and cultivates the capacity to see clearly what is arising in any moment and greet experience with wisdom and utmost compassion. So often there is clinging to an idea of wanting things to be a certain way or avoid what hurts. In this way there is a tendency to add on to the suffering with judgments and self limiting beliefs. Mindfulness can allow for an understanding that transformation comes from changing our relationship to what's happening – rather than trying to change what's happening. In this therapeutic process you can courageously cultivate a willingness to be open to the ephemeral nature of experience with honesty, patience, compassion and lovingkindness. This involves letting go of preconceptions, filters, projections and tendency to not live fully. What is often needed is a safe environment to cultivate acceptance and the willingness to honestly explore the truth of what is unfolding within yourself and the uncertainties of life.


Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

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

Existential crisis - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness

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

Spirituality & religion - Exploring beliefs and practices related to meaning, existence, and spiritual health and healing; enjoying a deeper felt connection with the spiritual dimension of one's life

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Vicki Goodman 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: $210

Therapist's note

Vicki can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Woodley Park practice

3000 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Suite 104 Washington

Washington, DC 20008


  • Mon 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 1985 - Present
Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Teacher, 2005 - Present
Washington School of Psychiatry National Group Psychotherapy Training Institute, 2014-2016
Dedicated Practitioners Program (DPP4) Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 2010 - 2013
Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL3) Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 2005-2008
The Hedaya Clinic for Whole Psychiatry, 2002
Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Center of Washington DC, 1995 - 1997
Imagery Training Institute, 1993 - 1995
Family Therapy Practice Center Faculty Appointment, 1990 - 1992
Clinical Training, 1987 - 1988
Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County, 1984 - 1985
National Institutes of Mental Health St Elizabeth's Hospital, Psychodrama Training, 1983 - 1984
Univ of MD, MSW, 1980