About ANNIE MILLER
I am a therapist. More specifically I am a clinical social worker. I worked for three years doing psychotherapy to earn my clinical license, which designates me as an LCSW-C in Maryland, LICSW in DC and I also have my LCSW in Virginia. I have been a social worker since 2007 and I started my own private practice in 2016.
How I Got Here
I come from a family of therapists and this was a natural choice for me, though my career started off in a different direction. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree and I was always interested in film and television. My first job after college was at the Sundance Channel in New York. There I worked in programming and I had a particular interest in documentary film programming. While there were many aspects about that industry that I loved, I felt pulled towards therapy and mental health and I found myself gravitating towards documentaries about topics related to mental health.
My Career as a Therapist
I earned my Master’s Degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Chicago and from there I was drawn to medical settings. I worked in different hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center. These experiences taught me how to work with chronic illness, medical-related issues and chronic pain. I use techniques learned in these settings to help manage pain, illness and sleep disorders and I can help clients navigate the complicated medical system.
Additionally, I completed the Child and Adolescent certificate program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York, and I have worked with adolescents and families throughout my career. I completed an intensive EMDR training program to focus on working with individuals who have experienced trauma and I am a member of the EMDR International Association. I have also been trained in CBT-i and have a broad understanding of sleep disorders. I have completed a number of programs through the University of Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Sleep Medicine Department and participate in regular supervision training.
What I Do Best
I was trained in talk therapy and still love to incorporate these skills into every session, though over the years I have learned techniques to add to my toolbox. I enjoy incorporating EMDR and CBT-i into my practice to help with insomnia, trauma, anxiety, phobias and pain. I practice from an integrative perspective, which means I utilize mind-body strategies and I adapt sessions to fit each client’s needs. I have also studied the brain and neuroplasticity and incorporate these principles into each of my sessions as well. My strongest areas of expertise are: trauma/PTSD, insomnia, teen therapy, and chronic pain and illness.
A Little Bit More
I was born and raised in the DC Metro area and this is home for me. I live in the area with my husband and daughter, not far from where I grew up. I am still very interested in film and I have a passion for documentary films, in particular. I also enjoy being outside and taking walks any chance I can get.
Education & Professional Background
- Master of Social Work, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania
- Maryland Sleep Society
- National Association of Social Workers
- Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
- EMDR International Association