Education & Certification

Licensed In

Graduated From
Catholic University of America (1975)

National Register Member Since

Robert Simmons, PhD

I am a clinical psychologist with post-graduate training in advanced psychotherapy. I have been in private practice in Alexandria for over twenty years. In addition to my clinical interests, the training of other psychologists has always been important to me. I have been director of psychology internship and postdoctoral training programs, and chief psychologist at a nearby community mental health center. I have a special interest in helping people with depression, anxiety, relationship and sexual problems. I do both individual and couples psychotherapy.

I believe every individual brings strengths, weaknesses and life histories to bear on their current situation. These experiences need to be appreciated and understood within the emotional safety and confidentiality of a therapeutic relationship. Only then can psychotherapy best address and resolve both the current emotional distress and the life patterns that often contribute to this distress.

I have also provided expert commentary for The Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today and Redbook on the subjects of depression, self-esteem, mid-life crisis and other topics.

My office is located in Old Town, Alexandria and is 2 blocks from the King Street Metro station.

Learn more about me on my website:

Practice Characteristics

Areas of Expertise

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Career and Life Adjustments (occupational/career counseling and assessment, academic problems, financial issues, relocation stress, stress associated with other life changes)
  • Anxiety (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, major depression, bereavement)

Ages Served

  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
  • Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
  • Children (3-12 yrs.)

Treatment Modalities

  • Psychodynamic Treatment
  • Existential/Humanistic/Interpersonal


    Membership is held in the American Psychological Association, Virginia Psychological Association, the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists, the Northern Virginia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and the National Register of Health Care Psychologists

Fee Information/Office Policy

Office Hours: Office hours are Tuesday through Friday days; and Tuesday through Thursday evenings.

Please contact by phone at 703.548.0400 or email

Health Care Plan Participation

Patients may use their out-of-network insurance benefits and/or their Health Savings Accounts for direct reimbursement of fees.

Contact Information

Primary Contact

1505 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
P: 703-548-0400 (Office)