Michael’s Bio

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It’s my belief that we are at our best when our hearts and minds are in harmony. When one hurts, the other suffers. When one heals, the other mends. It’s only by listening to and understanding both your mental and emotional states that you can achieve purpose and fulfillment in life.

Michael Payne, LCSWI’m a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Florida with over 18 years experience helping adults and children live better lives. I got my Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. I also completed more than two years post-graduate training in outpatient, community, and institutional mental health before becoming licensed. I am committed to learning new and effective techniques to promote mental health and personal development.

I take an insight-oriented, relational approach to therapy, reflecting a mirror on your past and present struggles to create meaningful change and transformation. After setting mutually-determined treatment objectives, I work with individuals, couples, and families to help them achieve life goals, heal emotional wounds, become unstuck, or break free from unhealthy patterns.

I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults on such issues as depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, grief & loss, substance abuse, identity and sexual orientation, spirituality, intimacy and relationships, career stalemates, lack of fulfillment, and difficult transitions. I would consider it an honor and a privilege to help you on your journey to personal fulfillment.

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950 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703)622-2993


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