Peter Ward, PhD

Dr. Ward is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and substance use disorders. He offers an integrative approach to psychotherapy which incorporates the following: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT); existential/humanistic therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Motivational Interviewing (MI); and mindfulness.

Dr. Ward values building a strong therapeutic alliance with his patients and feels privileged to help people learn and grow through psychotherapy. He appreciates the resilience people recovering from trauma, addiction and behavioral health conditions reveal in psychotherapy and is eager to help his patients draw from those strengths in order to thrive. He understands the value of creating trust and mutual understanding with his patients and prioritizes building these in his alliance with his patients.

Dr. Ward received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. He practiced as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts, specializing in addiction, before earning his doctorate. In his clinical training, he developed psychotherapy and assessment experience with patients of all ages and backgrounds in various medical settings in Boston, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and McClean Franciscan Children’s Hospital. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Manchester VA Medical Center in New Hampshire, where he became certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT for PTSD). He completed his APA-approved postdoctoral fellowship at the Boston VA, where he specialized in treating the intersection of addiction and trauma.  Before working at Home Base, Dr. Ward worked for Commonwealth Psychology Associates, a group private practice in Boston, as a staff psychologist.

Dr. Ward was attracted to working for Home Base because doing so provides him the opportunity to serve veterans and people in recovery, with whom he always finds rewarding work. In his free time, Dr. Ward enjoys time with his family in Bostin’s North Shore, running, cooking, beach days, hiking and singing karaoke. He is a Washington DC native and an avid Georgetown Basketball fan.