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Carla M. Shuman Ph.D., LCP

Mindful Solutions
2000 14th St. N., Suite 780
Arlington Virginia 22201
Dr. Carla M. Shuman, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the owner and director of Mindful Solutions, LLC. The practice treats children, adolescents and adults. Specialty areas include treating anxiety, OCD, trauma, ADHD, depression and adjustment to chronic medical illness. Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted to diagnose ADHD, learning disabilities, and other cognitive and emotional challenges.

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.