Psychological Wellness Services
“WHEN THE WORLD SAYS, “GIVE UP, HOPE WHISPERS, “TRY IT ONE MORE TIME.”
– JOHN F. KENNEDY
About PWS Arlington
Dedicated to empowering positive change in the lives of individuals through psychological health and wellness
We all have baggage we travel with. Our goal at Psychological Wellness Services is to help you go through everything in your check-in luggage, get rid of the stuff you really don’t need, organize the stuff you do need then help you pack it into a carry-on. We will always travel with a little something because we have had our share of life experiences. Sometimes we just need help making sense of it in order to handle it in a more effect way.
At Psychological Wellness Services, our clinicians create a safe, supportive, and successful environment. It is our responsibility to guide you through the obstacles you are facing, and empower you to live a healthier life long after therapy has ended. We provide an empathetic and supportive environment for you to feel safe to share and learn ways to overcome the obstacles that stand in your way. When the light at the end of the tunnel is too dim for you to see or when you feel like there is no light, you can count on your clinician’s education, knowledge, and skills to help you with finding a solution. We work to empower you to want to put one foot in front of the other in order to overcome the obstacles that lay along your path. We work with your other providers in hopes to create collaborative relationships with them so everyone is on the same page when it comes to your treatment.
Dr. Freiman founded Psychological Wellness Services in 2014 after receiving her license. In 2010 she earned her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) Washington, D.C. Prior to starting her own practice, Dr. Freiman worked at other private practices, including community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, mental health providers and other clinical settings where she say patients in a private practice setting for 8 years.
DR. COURTNEY FREIMAN, PSYD
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST & OWNER OF PWS ARLINGTON
Dr. Courtney Freiman, PSY.D.
“Change, no matter how necessary it may be, is never easy.”
I create an open and supportive environment, allowing individuals and couples to feel comfortable sharing their personal stories. My goal is to empower individuals to set healthy personal goals and make positive changes toward self-growth. Through patience, listening, communication and realistic goal setting, I provide honest, supportive and constructive feedback in order to help individuals become more self-aware of their current needs and ways to make adaptive changes.
Mental illness is not a one-size fits all condition so I take an eclectic approach to therapy, allowing me to tailor treatment to the individual’s needs in order to assess their difficulties, set realistic goals, and evaluate progress. Trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Family System’s and Acceptance and Commitment and Mindfulness therapies, I incorporate a variety of techniques in therapy to help individuals reach achievable goals. I am also a Level II trained Gottman Method Couple’s therapist and I apply these therapeutic techniques in helping couples strengthen their relationships and achieve long-lasting changes, both emotionally and physically. In addition to working with individuals and couples, I have completed comprehensive research on Iraqi war veterans who experienced post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and I am proud to serve our nation’s active and former military and their family members.
I founded Psychological Wellness Services in 2014 shortly after receiving my license. In 2010 I earned my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) Washington, D.C. in, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. I also earned a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Association (ASPP) Washington, D.C. I began my journey in psychology after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in my home state of Connecticut. I served at other private practices, including community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, mental health providers and other clinical settings where I saw patients in a private practice setting for 8 years prior to starting my own practice.
AMANDA COYLE, MSW
LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
Amanda Coyle, MSW
“I firmly believe that at various times in our lives, we all need someone to help us process our thoughts and feelings.”
I firmly believe that at various times in our lives, we all need someone to help us process our thoughts and feelings. Our lives can be full of a multitude of transitions, decisions, stressors and complex relationships, leaving us feeling quite overwhelmed and disconnected. Giving ourselves the space to explore and process our thoughts, feelings and needs is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves. Knowing we are not alone in this journey can be quite powerful. I would be honored to be your therapist as you navigate your challenges.
In my practice, I strive to foster an environment of safety, trust and support, where my clients feel heard and respected as the experts in their lives. I have close to 20 years of experience supporting individuals through personal and professional transitions. My background includes an eclectic combination of Social Work, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Business Consulting. I provide psychotherapy and career therapy for adults. Areas of focus include interpersonal dynamics (personally and professionally), identifying and owning strengths, exploring career changes or re-entry, life transitions, and anxiety.
Talking out loud with a compassionate therapist can help you gain new insight, identify blind spots, let go of storylines and problem solve. Your thoughts and feelings sound different when you externalize them. Feeling heard can be freeing and enable you to connect to yourself on a deeper level. I look forward to accompanying you on this journey.
DR. ASHLEY ELLIOTT, PSYD
RESIDENT IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Ashley Elliott, PSY.D.
“I’m here to encourage people in their moments of hurt, confusion, and disorder. I work to enlighten them on how to use tools to begin healing and growing. I focus on empowering them as they embark on these journeys with me, so they are equipped to thrive when they are ready to navigate without me.” – Dr. Ashley Elliott
My passion for empowering others and working to change lives comes from her understanding of the impact that can occur on the individual, family and community due to substance abuse, mental illness, interpersonal violence. From a young age I have been intent on pursuing a career that would strengthen my community and enlighten the under-served and often overlooked.
My clinical interests include community mental health, client psycho-education/health education, substance abuse treatment, group therapy, severe mental illness, urban trauma, LBGTQ+ issues, chronic mental illness, innovative approaches to individual therapy, & the integration of non-traditional & artistic expression in therapy.
I have worked with children, adults, and adolescents from various multicultural backgrounds. I also have clinical experience in inpatient mental health, community mental health, and school settings in the DC Metropolitan Area. I am not only a clinician, but I am also a motivational speaker and author. I have visited many corporations in order to empower visions, encourage others, and promote positive well-being.
I have launched programs for youth ages in the DC area that focuses on college/career preparation, building a positive self-image/identity, developing emotional awareness, and creating a positive space to celebrate creativity and individual differences. In November 2017, I released my first book, In My Safe Space, which is a collection of therapeutic writings aimed at normalizing vulnerability and discussing mental, spiritual and emotional health.
DR. SHADONNA HARRIS, PSYD
RESIDENT IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. Shadonna Harris, PSY.D.
My objective as a therapist is to provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment to aide my clients in reaching their goals. I have a Doctorate of Psychology and over 18 years of experience. I have worked with various client populations and in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health, community mental health, residential treatment facilities, schools, and addiction treatment centers. I feel that therapy works best when it is collaborative and creative. I believe that all people have the capacity to grow and change, especially if they are provided with an encouraging, compassionate environment.
My specialty is client-centered therapy, which builds relationships with clients to help them gain insight and lasting changes. I often integrate other modalities (i.e., CBT, Psychodynamic, Family Systems) to help clients achieve their goals and ease psychological symptoms.
I aim to provide comforting, judgment free therapy sessions to assist clients in improving and gaining a sense of relief. I truly believe that anyone can benefit from therapy, and deserves to benefit from it as well!