Charles W. Curtis II, Ph.D. 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 later worked as a staff psychologist for seven years. Dr. Curtis is a graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s in psychology and also received a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia. Currently, Dr. Curtis also works on the culture and restorative team at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Washington, DC.
In clinical practice, Dr. Curtis uses 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 employs great sensitivity in the quality of his client contact.
Dr. Curtis’s practice spans the breadth of treatment populations to include 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. It should also be noted that Dr. Curtis is one of the few African-American men practicing clinical psychology in the area, and specializes in working with issues of racial socialization, racial identity, and coping with acculturation.
In addition to therapy, Dr. Curtis brings expertise in comprehensive psychological, educational, and placement testing. Through extensive work with several school systems (public and private) in the DC and 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 as well as helping adults better grasp their own neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses.