About Me

Sheila Ramsey is a licensed clinical social worker providing therapy for adults and young adults.  In addition to providing general counseling for an assortment of life problems, she has specialized training and experience in issues around eating, body weight and eating disorders.  She maintains a private practice in Washington DC and Rosslyn VA.

With over 10 years experience as a therapist, and as a graduate of University of Maryland's Master's Degree in Social Work specializing in adult mental health, she is currently working as a private practitioner with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are eating and weight related disorders as well as anxiety and depression.  She completed a PhD in Health Counseling and has helped many people cope with chronic medical conditions.

She has over 25 years experience as an educator having served on the faculty of Georgetown University Medical Center and University of Maryland.  In addition to being a prominent obesity specialist, Dr. Ramsey has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of eating and weight related disorders and stress management.

Dr. Ramsey is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to utilize various modalities including cognitive behavioral, emotionally focused, experiential and psychodynamic to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates these complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


Ph.D., Health Education, School of Public Health – Dissertation: A Comparison of Cognitive Distortions, Body Image and Recognition of Internal States Between Binge and Non-Binge Eaters  - 1993 University of MD, College Park

M.S.W. in Social Work (Clinical Mental Health) – 2003 University of MD, Baltimore


Licensed Clinical Social Worker -- State of Virginia (current)

  Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker -- DC Board of Social Work (current)

Additional Training

Dr. Ramsey regularly receives professional continuing education in a variety of areas impacting mental health and personal growth.

Professional Activities and Memberships

National Association of Social Workers

Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social

Washington Society for Study of Eating Disorders and Obesity (former board member – 1997-2002)

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