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Kathleen Galdo, LCSW

Specialty and Experience


A passion for helping people who are ready for positive change has led me to hone my skills in EMDR, Hypnotherapy, CBT and similarly effective modalities.  Nineteen years of practice have shown me the intensely positive effects that Mindfullness, EMDR and Hypnotherapy have on allowing clients to transform long stored distressing emotions.  Through various forms of clinical Hypnotherapy, EMDR and CBT, clients experience  calming and empowering new ways that they can overcome stress based thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  I am a Certified EMDR therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, licensed to practice psychotherapy in Virginia and Washington D.C.


I've worked for the INOVA Health System, Kaiser Permanente and have since been in private practice.  Through ongoing training and extensive experience, I've developed a skill set to support clients who are ready to address and clear out the effects of post traumatic stress, or who just simply want to live life with less anxiety, more confidence and joy.  I enjoy working with my clients to create lasting, positive shifts in their lives so that trauma and self doubt are left in the past.

Post- Graduate Continued Education and Training 


  • Using EMDR for Chronic Pain, Focus on Phases One and Two, Jamie Zabovec, Psy.D. (3 CEUs, January 2024)

  • Healing the Heart of Complex Trauma with EMDR and Ego State Therapy, Carol Forgash, LCSW (10 CEUs, September 2023)

  • Hypnosis for Trauma and Chronic Pain: Protocols for Relieving Pain in Trauma Survivors, Courtney Armstrong, LPC (4 CEUs, April 2023)

  • 2­Day Training on Clinical Hypnosis: Transform Your Treatment of Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction and Chronic Pain, Eric Willmarth, PHD (12 CEUs, April 2023)

  • Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center Strong Star Training (13 CEUs, April 2023)

  • Integrating Hypnosis and EMDR in the Treatment of Medically Unexplained Pain,       Mark Grant, LCSW (5 CEUs, March 2022)

  • Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD Recovery: Integrating hypnosis, neuroscience, and mind/body approaches in clinical practice (12.5 CEUs, September 2021)

  • International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy, Professional Hypnosis Training (100 hours with 24 hours live instruction, June-September 2021)

  • Using EMDR to Treat the Hidden Wounds of War and Childhood, The HeadStrong Project (3 CEUs, September 2020)

  • Trauma Therapy Innovations and the Flash Technique (3 CEUs, March 2020) 

  • The Flash Technique and EMDR (8 CEUs, August 2019)

  • EMDR, Working with Dissociation, the Progressive Approach (12 CEUs, 2019)

  • Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR Therapy (24 CEUs, 2018)

  • EMDR Therapy in the Treatment of Veterans with Complex PTSD, Dissociation and Moral Injury (12 CEUs, 2017)

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (21.5 CEUs 2017)

  • Adaptive Information Processing Methods for Treating Complex PTSD (12 CEUs, 2016)

  • EMDR in the Treatment of Acute and Complex Trauma (12 CEUs, 2016)

  • EMDR With Military and First Responders, Critical Incidents and Complex Trauma (6 CEUs, 2016)

  • Healing Early Relational Injuries with Somatic Experiencing (6 CEUs, 2016)

    *CEUs= Continuing Education Credits


Continued education 2007-2015:

  • EMDRIA EMDR Basic Training 

  • Using Visualization, Focusing and Guided Imagery for the Management of Anxiety, Depression and Flashbacks

  • Drug-Free CBT Methods for the Treatment of Anxiety

  • Evidenced-Based Trauma Treatments and Interventions

  • Treatment of Addictive Disorders

  • Basic and Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Advanced Mindfulness Techniques

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Graduate Degree 

Catholic University of America, National Catholic School of Social Services

Masters of Clinical Social Work, Transpersonal Theory and Psychotherapy, May 2005

Undergraduate Degree

Trinity University, cum laude

Bachelors in Sociology and Psychology, May 2002

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