Marsha Lucas, PhD

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Psychotherapy is most effective when you feel an authentic connection with your therapist. Sometimes, knowing about your therapist’s training and experience helps you with beginning that connection, so I’m offering some information here that might be helpful. Of course, if you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.
  • I have a passionate commitment to helping people create fuller, more abundant and mindful lives. I love what I do, and I bring my diverse and well-grounded personal, educational and clinical experiences as a psychologist to my psychotherapy practice. My training, credentials, and expertise, together with authenticity, directness, and empathy, help people get the traction they need to create real change. I’m approaching twenty-five years as a psychologist, and I still find psychotherapy to be an invigorating and compelling experience with my patients.
  • I’m straightforward, compassionate, and authentic in therapy. Together with my training and experience, these support and energize the work my patients and I do together.
  • I feel strongly that increasing well-being is far more effective than “decreasing” pathology. I focus on helping people create and experience changes in their lives, like:
    • emotional growth and evolution
    • better relationships with yourself and with others
    • healthy and useful self-understanding
    • greater resilience
    • improved physical health through psychological wellness
    • greater life satisfaction
  • In addition to my extensive background in clinical psychology, I’m a neuropsychologist. I respect and am fascinated by the connections between physical and emotional well-being, and I stay up to date on the research and clinical use of understanding those connections. Before entering private practice, I was an assistant professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, working with patients who had sustained traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other physical and psychological challenges. From that, I developed a special interest in interpersonal neurobiology, which I bring into the psychotherapy work I do. For example, there’s an effective integrative approach between neuropsychology and the practice of mindfulness, with strong, evidence-based research showing real, measurable changes in the brain that support well-being and improved relationships.
Educational Background
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology – Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Internship, Clinical Psychology – U.N.C. Medical School, Chapel Hill
  • MA, Psychology – State University of New York at Binghamton
  • BA, Psychology (with Distinction) – University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Professional Memberships
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • American Academy of Psychotherapists
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • I’ve also written a best-selling book, Rewire Your Brain for Love, about changing the brain, mindfulness, and creating healthier relationships.

Dr. Marsha Lucas Reaches

Washington DC