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Mengqi Li, LGSW

I currently have a waitlist for new clients. Please email to join my waitlist.

Offering individual and couples therapy

I believe the therapeutic relationship is a sacred space, where each individual has the capacity to flourish when given the right environment and support. In my work, I will seek to meet you exactly where you are, and together we can tend to the unique challenges in your life. My ultimate goal is for clients to uncover their essential self—to rediscover their own innate wisdom and strength that can face whatever life brings.

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“Don't turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you.” by Rumi captures my philosophy on trauma therapy. In making the brave choice to bring awareness and care to our wounds, we might uncover a capacity and resilience that once felt out of reach. It is in the dark that the light can shine, and I find no greater purpose than to accompany my clients on this journey.

With couples, I practice from an emotion-focused, attachment framework that helps them connect with underlying vulnerabilities, reach for connection, and rebuild a secure bond. 


I practice from a mindfulness, somatic, and social justice based lens. Freeing ourselves from limiting beliefs and internalized oppression allows us to be more free, loving, and supportive to our world. 

Clinical Experience

I completed my Master’s in Social Work from George Mason University with a clinical emphasis on adults. I’ve worked as a crisis companion at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, clinical intern at the St. Jude’s Project supporting individuals with terminal illness, and individual therapist at the Catholic University counseling center. In addition, I have facilitated therapy groups for social anxiety.


I'm passionate about advocacy and have organized to reduce stigma against mental illness in communities of color. I co-lead a monthly meditation group for Asian identified folks.


I have trained In Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and Brainspotting, and practice under the supervision of Georgiana Mora, LICSW.

More about me....

I am an Asian American woman, 1.5 generation immigrant, bilingual in English and Mandarin. On long breaks, I often attend silent meditation retreats but also love to explore the world. Two of my most memorable experiences were walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in Japan. When in DC, I love to dance, play sports, and sing karaoke with friends and family.

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