Danielle Nelson, LCSW-C

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Licensed In: DC and Maryland


Life’s journey presents us with a mixture of stressors, major life transitions, and many successes. I believe that we can get overwhelmed by mixed emotions and could benefit from sharing these experiences with a trained professional, such as myself. I work to build genuine rapport, provide a safe space for you to share your vulnerabilities, and unlock your potential, strengths, healthy coping strategies, and resilience. I offer a warm, empathetic, and compassionate approach to each session as I strive to understand your experiences and help you to create meaningful interpretations of life events. I employ evidence-based practices in counseling sessions while collaborating with you to create a treatment plan that’s tailored for you. I enjoy creating a comfortable environment where you feel free to identify your emotions, needs, and values, and learn creative and effective ways to manage and show up for life prepared and equipped for what life’s journey will present.

I am a dual licensed independent clinical social worker in both Washington, DC and Maryland, and a certified clinical trauma professional. I am a psychotherapist who delivers quality clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults.

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity University and her graduate degree in Social Work from Howard University, where I maintain strong partnerships. I have over 15 years of social work experience working with youth and families, with a focus on helping individuals to transform obstacles into opportunities. I work with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, depression, grief and loss, trauma, substance use, and ADHD.

  • Children (age range 10 +)
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD/School-related problems
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Substance Use
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management and Life Transitions
  • School Adjustment Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Trauma
  • Self-Esteem

I strive to help heal my community by providing awareness about trauma and its impact on mental health, stabilizing families, investing in our youth, and ensuring that the helping profession is recruiting and retaining exceptional service providers.  I provide this help personally, and by providing clinical supervision to newly trained clinicians. My passion is fueled by my personal story of overcoming adversity, an undying belief in mentorship, unwavering belief in God, and a natural love for education. I can be found assisting others with a smile, creating safe spaces for coaching and counseling, and promoting wellness and recovery.