Tanya  Clausen , LCSW

( she/her/hers )



Northern Virginia

Ages Treated


Practice Philosophy

Warm, collaborative, and accepting, Tanya Clausen has effectively treated teens, adults, and couples for over 25 years. Tanya tailors her treatment to each client, identifying unique goals and strategies that reduce anxiety, enhance mood, and decrease disruptive or self-harming behaviors. She helps clients change their narrative and get ‘unstuck’, leading to increased self-esteem and more adaptive ways to deal with out of control feelings and negative thoughts that won’t go away. Tanya’s approach frees her clients to be their best selves, as they employ new skills in every day life to sustain them through whatever bumps come their way.

Areas of Expertise

Tanya has developed expertise in treating trauma of all kinds, and is a certified trauma therapist. She is also known for her expertise in treating eating disorders, anxiety, addiction and mood disorders. Tanya specializes in working with teenagers and young adults, giving them a confidential space in which to address their issues. She involves parents when appropriate; working closely with each family to determine when parental involvement is warranted. She often coordinates care by collaborating with school counselors, psychiatrists, and physicians. She uses a variety of evidence-based treatments, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), The Seeking Safety Model (for addictions and PTSD), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (for couples). Additionally, she approaches each client holistically, often pulling from aspects of yoga and mindfulness to help clients heal.

Experience and Training

Tanya draws from a wealth of experience that she employs to successfully treat patients with a variety of complex issues. Previous experience includes working as a trauma therapist treating sexual assault, an outpatient clinician in community mental health treating serious mental illness, and a bereavement counselor in hospice. She provides culturally competent therapy and is fluent in Spanish, having worked extensively with at-risk and underserved women and children in Guatemala. She remains passionate about her work in the community and is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming space for all people. Tanya currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Master of Social Work Program at Catholic University and formerly taught graduate level courses at George Mason University. Her clients benefit from her breadth of experience as she teaches them to tolerate distress and more effectively negotiate daily life.

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Fluent in: Spanish


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