As a nationally certified sex therapist and certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist, Alicia (she/her/ella) has expertise working with a wide range of sexual issues, relationship & attachment issues, and traumatic experiences. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins School of Education and post-graduate degree in Holistic Sex Therapy from the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. She is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is a certified EMDR therapist via the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA); she is also currently a consultant-in-training via EMDRIA. Alicia is licensed in the state of Maryland and Washington, DC.
With the goal of helping people live more fulfilling lives, Alicia specializes in working with individuals who want to learn to manage and process depression and anxiety symptoms and heal from past traumatic events. She also works with couples who desire a more deepened connection, those who struggle with desire discrepancy, or who wish to repair from difficult incidents. She works with clients who are in the midst of a crisis of infidelity, relationship strain, sexual dysfunction, or who are exploring their identities. She works with individuals who struggle with a sexual dysfunction, gender or orientation confusion, or who experience their sexual behavior as out of control. She is an ally to LGBTQA+, to individuals in open relationships/consensual non-monogamy and an ally for social justice. Alicia is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural. She strives to respect various cultures, spiritual practices, and identities and learn more from her clients via the work that they do together. Her goal is to provide a supportive therapeutic environment regardless of sexual orientation, sexual expression, gender expression, relationship orientation, or gender identity.
Alicia’s career has consisted of psychotherapy in outpatient settings; she’s worked in integrated medical settings, in sexual assault and domestic violence centers, in crisis intervention, with offenders of domestic violence, and for fee-for-services outpatient agencies in the community. In her advanced career, she’s devoted her time to improving sexual health and healing trauma. She is also an educator, approved supervisor and consultant; her plan is to continue supervising and teaching to bring about more sex-positive & trauma-informed clinicians in the community. She continues on a higher education track focused on human sexuality and she continues training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and the Internal Family Systems Institute. Alicia uses the following approaches in psychotherapy: sex-positive approaches, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, IFS and Imago & Gottman Method approaches for couple’s therapy. Alicia is a Board Approved Supervisor for LGPCs in the state of Maryland and Washington, DC and an EMDR consultant-in-training. Alicia co-manages and is Clinical Director for Alicia Beltran, LCPC & Associates, LLC. During her free time, Alicia enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, dancing and reading good books.