Carla M. Shuman Ph.D., LCP
Q: How do you measure success?
A: The most rewarding aspect of my work is when I know I’ve established trust and connection with a client, and they begin to transform. As they recognize their resilience, change and growth result. Often, for the first time in a long time, they enjoy the freedom to find meaning, purpose and joy.
Q: Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?
A: My mission is to support people as they work to improve their lives, even rebuild their lives after trauma. Everyone has challenges; I’ve faced my own. In part, that helps me do what I do. I’m a big proponent of individuals’ ability to fight, bounce back and be resilient. Leaning into struggles and finding healthy ways to deal with them allows people to have a good life with healthy relationships.
I strongly believe in applying evidence-based mental health practices, but since even the best practices don’t fit everyone, we use a variety of tools and strategies. In brief phone consultations, I match clients with therapists for the best connections. Each of us has a slightly different training background.
Q: Why did you decide to open your own practice?
A: My hospital experience includes a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center. There are wonderful days in the hospital setting, but natural limitations with a laser-sharp goal of diagnosis and treatment of specific symptoms. I prefer to treat the whole person and that takes time. With my own practice, I always take that time.