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Mindful Solutions, LLC

2000 14th St. N., Suite 780
Arlington Virginia 22201
Carla M. Shuman Ph.D., LCP
703-527-1200
drcarla.messenger@gmail.com
Twitter: @DrCarlaMShuman

Dr. Shuman earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the George Washington University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center. She teaches as an adjunct and clinical assistant professor at GW’s Medical School. Mindful Solutions offers individual/group therapy, psychological assessments, adoption evaluations and more.

Q: What made you decide to become a psychologist?

A: I pursued a career in psychology to support people as they work to improve their lives. I’ve faced my own obstacles and am a big proponent of being a fighter, bouncing back and being resilient. Everyone has challenges. It’s important to lean into those struggles and find healthy ways to deal with them so you can have a good life with healthy relationships. Rather than merely acknowledging my patients’ challenges, I help them become more self-aware and develop strategies for resilience.

Q: What makes Mindful Solutions unique?

A: I think the time we spend with our clients and the personalized care we provide really set us apart. As the director, I return every phone call and email. I use brief phone consultations to match clients with the therapist with whom they will best connect: each of us has a slightly different training background. All treatment plans are evidence-based, supported by science, and designed to meet the specific needs of each individual. It’s important to us to connect to our clients by building rapport and trust.

Q: Are you seeing patients in person?

A: We are offering in-person treatment and testing on a case-by-case basis, and we have also launched several virtual support groups to help clients navigate this strange and difficult time.

Q: What brings you the most satisfaction in your work?

A: Seeing clients transform themselves and live out their resilience is the most rewarding part of my job. True personal change and growth requires reflection, and helping patients find their resilience is a collaborative process.