Nancy Sharpe, LCSW-C, LICSW

Associate
Washington D.C. License #LC50080484
Maryland License #LC23135
Phone: 301-960-1198 ext. 702

I am a firm believer in a holistic, integrated approach to health and wellness that incorporates both the mind and body.  I work primarily with two populations: children (age 3-12) and their families and adults (college students, graduate students, professionals, and parents).  My work helps clients regain a sense of balance, develop and maintain healthy relationships, manage difficult emotions, and feel contented and accepting of themselves and their life.

I approach my work with a collaborative spirit knowing that you are the expert on your life experience no matter the age.  The goal of therapy is to approach a problem together so that you feel more capable and energized to handle the challenge(s) that life has sent your way.  Together we will acknowledge and celebrate the ways you are already coping with the stressful situation that brought you into therapy and build on your innate strengths and abilities to effect change.

Adult Experience

Nancy has worked for the past 9 years bilingually with adults (college students, graduate students, professionals, and parents) who are seeking greater work-life balance.

Nancy recognizes how easy it is to become over-programmed and overwhelmed by the fast-paced demands of living in this career-driven area.  Being constantly connected via a smart phone or other device leaves little room for the mind to quiet and the body to find peace.  Nancy would be honored to help you feel more connected to the things and people that are most important to you.

Yoga, mindfulness, and nutrition have all played big roles in Nancy’s own health and wellness. Nancy is excited to work at a place that values and offers these healing modalities in addition to therapy.

Worries, fears, stress, and doubts live in the body in the form of tension and pain.  Yoga and mindfulness are the perfect companions to talk or play therapy as they engage the body in addition to the mind.  So many people live and get stuck in their thoughts, their endless to-do lists, and their criticism of themselves or others.  Yoga and mindfulness help people to get out of their heads and into their bodies where real change can occur by learning to breath into tense muscles and observe the patterns of the mind.  These practices calm racing thoughts, relieve tension and stress, ground people in the present moment, and allow people to approach life’s challenge with renewed strength and peace.

Kids and Family Experience

Nancy has worked for the past 5 years bilingually (Spanish) with children and their families.

One of her current passions is working with kids ages 3-12 and their families utilizing play therapy.  Young children use play as a form of communication and as a way to process stressful and scary events.  Nancy helps parents decode their child’s needs and find ways to validate and respond to those needs.  The parent-child connection is a unique and special bond that so many get the privilege to experience.  However, maintaining that bond is hard when you are confronted with a series of difficult or confusing behaviors or when you see your child unable to function in certain situations.  Together, we will approach your family with gentleness and respect and find ways (often through play) to re-establish that sense of connectedness that you want with your child.

Nancy has worked with kids who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)anxietydepressionautism spectrum disorders (ASD)aggression and bullying-like behaviorslearning disabilities, and poor social interaction skills.   Nancy has also offered play therapy to kids impacted by complex custody conflicts, separation, and divorce.  She is happy to collaborate with other professionals in the client’s life such as teachers, doctors, guardian ad lidems, and psychiatrists as requested, to create a cohesive experience.

Therapeutic Approach

As a white, straight, cisgendered female clinician, Nancy is a proponent of social justice and realizes that her (often) privileged experience of the world can be different from that of her clients. She works hard to create an environment where her clients can feel understood, supported and not judged regardless of their experience of the world.

For younger clients (ages 3-12), Nancy predominantly utilizes play therapy or attachment-based family therapy.  For adults Nancy uses aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapymindfulness, narrative therapy, and solutions-focused work.  Nancy also loves to incorporate art therapy and sand tray whenever the client is interested in doing so no matter the age.  However, because each client has their own unique needs, Nancy takes the time to identify what will work best for each client.

Nancy approaches her work from a trauma-informed lens looking at the mind-body connection and incorporating mindfulness when appropriate.  Nancy would describe her clinical orientation as psychodynamic, attachment-informed, solutions-focused, strengths based, narrative therapy informed, and family systems (and internal family systems) oriented.

Education

Master of Arts in Spanish 2008, Messiah College

Masters of Social Worker 2012, The Catholic University of America

Nancy continues to learn and grow professionally by attending workshops, trainings, and conferences. She continues to stay up to date with the latest theories and research and obtains supervision as well as consults with other clinicians in the field.