• Certificate in Somatic Experiencing - Somatic Experiencing Training Institute
  • Postdoctoral Residency; St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington D.C.
  • PhD Clinical Psychology; Oklahoma State University
  • BA Psychology; State University of New York at Binghamton

For more information, call Leslie Dalton, PhD, SEP at 703.550.4056 or email at

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Virginia Psychological Association
  • Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists
  • Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists
  • ​Somatic Experiencing Training Institute

Clinical Specialty Areas

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mind Body Therapies
  • Trauma
  • Relationship and Interpersonal Issues
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Life Transitions
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Spirituality

Leslie Dalton, PhD, SEP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Phone: 703.550.4056


"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous."  Thomas Merton

I offer a warm and safe environment within which we can explore your concerns and rediscover parts of yourself you may have forgotten. Together we will find alternative perspectives and solutions to problems that have made you feel stuck. Our work can help you feel more connected to yourself, to others, and the world around you so that you feel more balanced and fully alive.

My approach is integrative and holistic, incorporating interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness approaches. I also use
Somatic Experiencing to facilitate healing from and integration of trauma and other difficult experiences.

Working together, we will explore the connection among emotions, physical sensations, beliefs, and thoughts, helping you to connect to and draw strength from this vital inner wisdom. Appreciation and understanding of our internal experience leads to greater clarity, cultivation of better relationships with ourselves and others, more thoughtful action in the world, and subsequently, more satisfying decisions and outcomes. As we learn how to relate to experiences stored in the body, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and we develop the opportunity to change old patterns that are no longer helpful.

Through the process of psychotherapy, we learn how to be more fully present for all of life, and to enrich our relationships through authenticity.

For a message from the American Psychological Association about the benefits of psychotherapy, please click on the video:

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