Dr. Charles W. Curtis II, PhD
Charles W. Curtis II, PhD received his Doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from the University of Virginia. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the John L. Gildner – Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents where he remains employed as a staff psychologist. Dr. Curtis completed his MEd at UVA, and his undergraduate work at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Curtis uses as a comprehensive approach to therapy that engages clients as individuals as well as parts of larger systems (e.g. family, work, community, etc). He typically uses psychodynamic conceptualization while employing a variety of interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and dialectic strategies to aid in strength building, reestablishment of regulation, and a return to optimal functioning. Most importantly, Dr. Curtis approaches therapy as a balanced combination of healing art & science, and evidences great sensitivity in the quality of his client contact.
Dr. Curtis’s practice spans the breadth of treatment of children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. He has significant experience in educational settings having worked in a variety of schools, community mental health agencies, and advocacy groups in Virginia and the DC Metro area. It should also be noted that, as one of the few African-American men practicing clinical psychology in the area, Dr. Curtis is adept at working with issues of racial socialization, racial identity, and coping with acculturation.
In addition to therapy, Dr. Curtis also specializes in comprehensive psychological, educational, and placement testing for school age clients. Through extensive work with several school systems (public and private) in the DC/Montgomery County area, Dr. Curtis has a nuanced understanding of the area’s educational dynamics and is subsequently equipped to aid parents in educational planning/decision making for their children ages 6-19y.o.