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Kirk Burke-Hamilton

Kirk Burke-Hamilton


20 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker who specialises in anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief & loss, self-esteem and ADHD. I use tools from various theories such as DBT, EMDR CBT, TF-CBT, Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness, and Breathwork. I practice in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. I begin our sessions providing feedback, psycho-education and skill-building tools and techniques to help you cope during exploration and processing. We work collaboratively because the more I learn about you the better I can tailor your treatment to your specific needs. I don't cut corners, sugar coat the truth. I respect your time and I expect the same from my patients. To view my bio and learn more about my practice please visit my webpage at

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

Our first session is an intake session to elevate your concerns provide a diagnosis and adjust your treatment based on your personal needs. I don’t start anxiety or trauma work until we agree on healthy coping techniques for you to use throughout the treatment. Visit my webpage to learn more.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I am an empath, highly sensitive person, highly educated and experienced therapist. I try to bring those things into our sessions and collaborate with my client on more than a superficial level. To speak into someone's life you must first develop trust, be vulnerable, and challenge your clients to stretch beyond their comfort zone.

About Kirk Burke-Hamilton




My treatment methods

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

I take a holistic approach to counseling, focusing on the mind, body, and spirit. I am trained in a variety of evidence-based techniques and therapies to help our clients achieve optimal mental health. I offer specialized services for issues such as LGBTQIA2+, addiction, anger management, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and grief and loss.

Polyvagal Therapy

Anxiety is a state of worry or apprehension. In small doses, it can be a healthy response to stress by giving us an extra push to study for an exam or make a great impression on a first date. It’s our body’s way of helping us think about and prepare for the future. Too much anxiety, though, can harm us. Anxiety disorders develop when anxious feelings grow too strong or last too long. Instead of giving us a temporary boost, these disorders can drag us into overwhelming worry and fear, making it hard for us to function. Polyvagal theory teaches you to develop a relationship with your body and learn to shift internal states.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy

We feel anxiety in response to something we’re anticipating: a future threat that’s unknown or vague, such as worries about our health, family, or future. Mindfulness is excellent for depression, trauma and anxiety because it teaches us to be more sensitive to our own bodies.