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Lucy Sgroi LCSW

Lucy Sgroi

Director of Clinical Programs and Partnerships, LCSW

Hi! My name is Lucy Sgroi and I have nearly a decade of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor across Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland and I have dedicated my career to working alongside youth, young adults, and families in a therapeutic role.


In my practice, I aim to cultivate a space where clients can authentically explore their individuality, strengths, and challenges. I foster an environment of affirmation, devoid of judgment, where clients are held with unconditional positive regard. My therapeutic foundation revolves around deconstructing the inherent power dynamic in therapist-client relationships and placing clients and their caregivers as the authorities of their narratives.  You know yourself best! And as your therapist, I center your “self expertise” while bringing alternative perspectives and reflections to the work we do together. 


Rather than imposing change, I view my role as a collaborator in navigating pathways and deeper understanding for change. Clients often experience profound change reflective of their self-identified goals, facilitated by feeling seen and heard within our therapeutic alliance. Your voice matters most in our sessions; you are the expert of your own story.


My areas of expertise encompass anxiety, trauma/chronic stress, life transitions, grief and loss, family separation, self-esteem/self-advocacy, depression, and interpersonal family dynamics through a neurodivergent affirming lens. 


I work closely with youth and caregivers, co-creating a clinical approach aligned with their needs and aspirations. My therapeutic toolkit consists of EMDR, client-centered play therapy, attachment-based psychotherapy, IFS-informed parts work, and trauma-informed practices. Together, we will navigate your path to change and understanding using approaches that support your unique needs. 


Having spent a significant portion of my career in school-based mental health, I understand the crucial role of a supportive educational environment for youth with diverse needs. As a former senior clinical manager of a school-based mental health program, I provide training and consultation to school staff, administration, and parents on fostering social-emotional well-being, trauma-informed practices, and advocating for students' mental health needs within the school setting. 


For caregivers seeking guidance in navigating the educational landscape for their child, I offer consultation and advocacy services to ensure their child receives the support they deserve. Navigating the school system in order to meet your child’s needs can often feel overwhelming and complicated - I am here to support you. I also offer consultation and professional development support to school staff and administrators. 

Please feel free to contact me directly for consultation regarding advocacy for your child or your staff in the school setting.

*I am currently accepting supervisees in social work looking for clinical supervision hours and graduate-level interns looking for field placement*


  • Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, Fellow, Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Fellowship

  • Loyola University Chicago, Master of Social Work, Specializations: Children & Families, Advanced Family Treatment

  • College of Charleston – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Clinical Areas of Expertise

I specialize in working with children and adolescents who have experienced:

  • Trauma(s)

  • Grief/loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Physical and sexual abuse

  • Attachment disruptions

  • Foster care involvement

  • Adoption

  • Senior Clinical Manager of a large school-based mental health program in Washington, DC. Provided clinical supervision and oversaw administrative management of therapists.  Partnered with school administrators to ensure delivery of clinical services, comprehensive clinical training and consultation to school staff, and oversight of grant funding.  

  • School-based mental health therapist for elementary-aged children in Washington, DC.  Provided individual, family, and group therapy to youth PreK through 5th grade. Provided consultation and support to school staff regarding social-emotional needs of students and support for students with mental health diagnoses. Supported larger school community by providing trainings and assisting with access to resources.

  • Social worker at Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC. Provided consultation, advocacy, and testimony regarding mental health and clinical assessment to attorney guardians ad litem who represented the most high-need, at-risk youth in foster care in DC.

  • School-based mental health therapist for youth in Minneapolis, MN. Provided consultation, support, and training to school staff regarding social-emotional and mental health needs of students and families.

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