Oxford Psychological is based on the belief that your needs are of the utmost importance. Dr. Carpenter is committed to meeting those needs. The practice believes that we are an active person in our struggles. This provides an impetus to identify internal strengths that will bring about the resiliency needed to work through difficulties.
This clinical practice relies on evidence-based theories with an interpersonal framework. There is a consistent use of a goal-oriented approach that includes cognitive-behavioral techniques, dialectical behavioral techniques, eye movement desensitization reprocessing strategies, as well as family systems strategies. This practice brings healing for First Responders and others who have endured trauma and abuse.
Within an interpersonal model, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is utilized to re-build and strengthen relationships, particularly those of couples. This work has also been helpful to individual adults within co-dependent relationships. Couples therapy with Dr. Carpenter is also heavily based on strategies from the Gottman method, as an evidence-based theory designed to deepen connections and teach effective skills for communication among partners. Dr. Carpenter has completed all three levels of Gottman training and has found this method to yield results in couples’ relationships.
Dr. Carpenter’s skills are conducive to working with young adults and families around issues of mood disorders, behavioral addictions, loss, parenting, and adjusting to medical conditions. Perhaps most central to this practice is the common struggle with life transitions and managing healthy relationships.
Dr. Carpenter is considered a therapist’s therapist, as she continues to work with several mental health specialists (social workers and psychologists) from the community. She is also an experienced psychologist for EMT personnel, including area firefighters and police officers.
The Arlington office is located within a suite alongside other mental health and wellness practitioners who are considerate of your needs. It is conveniently located in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, within walking distance of the Ballston metro, and there is free street and garage parking available.
The Kensington office is located in a building comprised of a variety of businesses, including other mental health practitioners. It is located within walking distance of a Ride-On bus stop and the Metro bus stop at CT Ave & Plyers Mill Rd. There is ample, free parking directly in front of the building.
1655 Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209
Metropolitan Ave. Kensington, MD
Fax: 703-528-8055 (Attn. Dr. Gloria Carpenter)