Introducing Dr. Alisha Powell

Alisha Powell, LCSW

Dr. Powell is a couples therapist who is well versed in helping couples & online counseling.

Dr. Powell conducts her online work for couples from DC, MD, MA, or CO.

Credentials

Licenses

Georgia: Clinical Social Worker (#CSW005640)

Colorado: Clinical Social Worker (#CSW.09923679)

Massachusetts: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#120446)

Washington DC: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (#LC50081377)

Education:

Ph.D., Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Social Psychology) 2018.
Denver Family Institute (Post-graduate certificate), 2014.
M.S.W. , University of Denver, Denver, CO (Social Work),  2012.

B.A. Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL. (social work) 2011.

Evidence-Based Treatment Models:

Advanced Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 3)

Solution-Focused Brief Couples Therapy

Reviews

  • Review 1
  • REview 2
  • Review 3

”The core issues we wanted to improve were communication and understanding but we were hesitant about the price. We went to another therapist together instead but it went poorly.

What changes resulted from your work with Couples Therapy Inc?

I thought the intensive weekend was very helpful. I liked Dr. Powell’s even approach and focus on Gottman methods. We still have challenges, but the weekend was a great way to make deposits into each other’s emotional bank account. We have much better ways to communicate.

We’ve slowed down our discussions so they don’t spiral out of control. We identified some core conflicts and helped to “declaw” them. We have better communication, better understanding and empathy towards each other and better skills moving forward.

Clinical Experience

Dr. Powell is a couples therapist at heart. After completing her graduate degree in social work at the University of Denver, she entered the Denver Family Institute, where she received advanced training in couples and family therapy. She next completed a doctoral program in social psychology at Walden University.

She's also conducted family assessments for couples and collaborated on an interdisciplinary team with professional colleagues. 

In addition to her practical experience, she's experienced in motivational interviewing, sex therapy, multi-problem families, and substance abuse. She's also completed Level 1, 2, & 3 of the Gottman Institute Training (Advanced Training).

Personally Speaking

"Ever since I can remember, I wanted to do something with my life that would help people. While I was drawn to the medical field initially, I wanted to do something that was more people focused and improved their emotional and mental well being. Early on, I chose to be a therapist and pursued that dream through the field of social work and then went on to get advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy. This was a wonderful experience that shaped me as a professional.

"It's rewarding to see couples start to laugh together again, communicate better, and connect with their partner.

I am originally from Alabama and Georgia and relocated to Denver, Colorado for graduate school. I recently moved to Maryland. I love the mild winters, hot summers, and the varied cuisine available. I also love the fact that I am geographically closer to a beach than I was in Colorado!

I have worked in a variety of settings in mental health, medical social work, hospice, residential, and outpatient settings. However, my first love has always been couples therapy. I fight for their relationship until they tell me not to fight any longer. I believe I'm the last one in the room that should give up on the couple, while discovering and exploring what they want to gain from their therapy experience. When couples are disengaged, and couples work is the "last thing on the list to check off" before divorce, there's an emphasis on identifying the factors that caused them to disengage from each other and challenging them to become fully engaged in the therapeutic process. That's tough to do.

Personally, I'm the oldest of four children and while I don't have any children of my own, I have a "dog-child" named Sam who is a Jack Russell Terrier who has been my constant companion for the last 9 years.

My parents have been married over 30 years and they have always functioned as a team and taken time out for each other. From them, I've learned the importance of perseverance and being willing to compromise and be flexible.

I once spoke to a classmate of mine who married right after he turned 21 and the marriage was still going strong. He said: "I made a commitment to my wife on our wedding day but everyday I choose her. From the moment I wake up to the time I sleep, I choose to be and remain married."

This demonstrates what it means to have a relationship built on love, trust, and commitment with each partner making the relationship a priority.

In my spare time I travel, trying new foods, and love a good book.

Clinical Focus


  • infidelity
  • substance abuse
  • blended families
  • open marriage
  • sex addiction
  • mental illness
  • life stressors
  • and parenting conflicts.

"My first love has always been couples therapy. I fight for their relationship until they tell me not to fight any longer.  I believe I'm the last one in the room that should be giving up..." Dr. Powell

"Sam"