Therapists in Washington, DC

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Photo of Gwen Enfield Pearl, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Gwen Enfield Pearl
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
There are times when things are not going as well as we'd like in our family, social or work relationships, particularly post-Covid. You may feel alone, depressed, anxious, or have conflict or discomfort with those you care about. In my psychotherapy practice I help couples, individuals & families restore their sense of well being and connection. People learn how to be more present and intentional in accordance with their values. Partners learn to be safely available to each other through a dialogue process that teaches more effective listening, deeper understanding and empathy. In person and Telehealth meetings are offered.
There are times when things are not going as well as we'd like in our family, social or work relationships, particularly post-Covid. You may feel alone, depressed, anxious, or have conflict or discomfort with those you care about. In my psychotherapy practice I help couples, individuals & families restore their sense of well being and connection. People learn how to be more present and intentional in accordance with their values. Partners learn to be safely available to each other through a dialogue process that teaches more effective listening, deeper understanding and empathy. In person and Telehealth meetings are offered.
(202) 618-9869 View (202) 618-9869
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Joseph Cooper
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Are you finding yourself stuck in certain patterns and ways of thinking and feeling that you would like to change, but not sure how? Trying over and over to cope from the effects of past emotional wounds and traumas? If you are tired of the impact that anxiety, depression, and other emotional hurts are having on your performance, relationships, and self-esteem, I want to help. You deserve to feel more at peace, emotionally grounded, empowered, and to experience better relationships with those you care about.
Are you finding yourself stuck in certain patterns and ways of thinking and feeling that you would like to change, but not sure how? Trying over and over to cope from the effects of past emotional wounds and traumas? If you are tired of the impact that anxiety, depression, and other emotional hurts are having on your performance, relationships, and self-esteem, I want to help. You deserve to feel more at peace, emotionally grounded, empowered, and to experience better relationships with those you care about.
(571) 445-0990 View (571) 445-0990
Photo of Megan Flood, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Megan Flood
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
For more than 22 years I have been working with individuals and couples coping with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship struggles, infertility and pregnancy loss, and post-partum anxiety and depression. In a supportive and confidential environment I help my clients develop their strengths to manage more effectively challenging situations, feelings, and relationships.
For more than 22 years I have been working with individuals and couples coping with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship struggles, infertility and pregnancy loss, and post-partum anxiety and depression. In a supportive and confidential environment I help my clients develop their strengths to manage more effectively challenging situations, feelings, and relationships.
(202) 851-8367 View (202) 851-8367
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Angela Sarafin
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20004
Do you keep asking yourself "When is this going to get better?" or "Why can't I figure this out?" or "Why does this keep happening?" Your past experiences might be causing you to be fearful or angry or defensive and negative feelings often get us stuck in unhelpful repetitive patterns. When those feelings and patterns are interrupting your productivity at work or are causing communication or connection problems with friends, family members, and romantic partners, counseling can help.
Do you keep asking yourself "When is this going to get better?" or "Why can't I figure this out?" or "Why does this keep happening?" Your past experiences might be causing you to be fearful or angry or defensive and negative feelings often get us stuck in unhelpful repetitive patterns. When those feelings and patterns are interrupting your productivity at work or are causing communication or connection problems with friends, family members, and romantic partners, counseling can help.
(202) 883-4941 View (202) 883-4941
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Jodi Gilbert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, CHC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
I believe everyone has unique goals, is capable of change and developing themselves. Developed over years of experience in both private practice and non-profit institutions, I employ an eclectic mix of approaches including humanistic, cognitive behavioral and coaching. I encourage clients to consider their strengths, take an active role in psychotherapy and practice positive change in their lives. Further, I maintain a holistic model which takes into consideration how physical health, including food and exercise, play a factor in our mental health. All combined with my commitment, compassion and sense of humor, provide for an effective therapeutic process.
I believe everyone has unique goals, is capable of change and developing themselves. Developed over years of experience in both private practice and non-profit institutions, I employ an eclectic mix of approaches including humanistic, cognitive behavioral and coaching. I encourage clients to consider their strengths, take an active role in psychotherapy and practice positive change in their lives. Further, I maintain a holistic model which takes into consideration how physical health, including food and exercise, play a factor in our mental health. All combined with my commitment, compassion and sense of humor, provide for an effective therapeutic process.
(202) 759-4267 View (202) 759-4267
Photo of Jamie Peterson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC
Jamie Peterson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Therapy is where we ease loneliness and deepen connection with ourselves and others. Where we begin to feel safe and ready to make real and lasting change in our lives. Where we gain new understanding & awareness that guides us out of the place we're in, to the place we long to be.
Therapy is where we ease loneliness and deepen connection with ourselves and others. Where we begin to feel safe and ready to make real and lasting change in our lives. Where we gain new understanding & awareness that guides us out of the place we're in, to the place we long to be.
(202) 883-7776 View (202) 883-7776
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Hilary Charles
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
As a therapist my goal is to serve as a guide to help you uncover your truth and empower you to live a full and expansive life. At Barth Therapy, I center QTPOC clients with the frameworks of collective liberation and love.  I work with clients around issues related to grief and loss, isolation, burnout, family dynamics, friends and relationships, and self and identity. The work we will do collaboratively will require vulnerability, awareness, and trust in the process as well as yourself.
As a therapist my goal is to serve as a guide to help you uncover your truth and empower you to live a full and expansive life. At Barth Therapy, I center QTPOC clients with the frameworks of collective liberation and love.  I work with clients around issues related to grief and loss, isolation, burnout, family dynamics, friends and relationships, and self and identity. The work we will do collaboratively will require vulnerability, awareness, and trust in the process as well as yourself.
(202) 417-2548 View (202) 417-2548
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Legacy Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LGPC, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Legacy Therapy, LLC. is a Minority Woman & Black/POC owned Holistic Psychotherapy and Coaching practice in Washington D.C. Legacy Therapy is a holistic approach to mental wellness that combines psychotherapy with holistic services (such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing and yoga) to enhance wellness and fulfillment in all areas of life functioning.
Legacy Therapy, LLC. is a Minority Woman & Black/POC owned Holistic Psychotherapy and Coaching practice in Washington D.C. Legacy Therapy is a holistic approach to mental wellness that combines psychotherapy with holistic services (such as mindfulness, somatic experiencing and yoga) to enhance wellness and fulfillment in all areas of life functioning.
(202) 978-4457 View (202) 978-4457
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Douglas LaBier
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I've served patients in the Washington, D.C. area for over four decades, helping men, women and couples resolve conflicts arising from the many changes and transitions they experience -- especially during the "middle years" of adulthood, My holistic perspective integrates psychoanalytic understanding of developmental origins of conflicts with the social, cultural, gender and career experiences that contribute to emotional troubles; feelings of limitations about change; your values. All can impede capacity for loving relationships and expressing hidden dimensions of your personalities; and for achieving success and meaning in life.
I've served patients in the Washington, D.C. area for over four decades, helping men, women and couples resolve conflicts arising from the many changes and transitions they experience -- especially during the "middle years" of adulthood, My holistic perspective integrates psychoanalytic understanding of developmental origins of conflicts with the social, cultural, gender and career experiences that contribute to emotional troubles; feelings of limitations about change; your values. All can impede capacity for loving relationships and expressing hidden dimensions of your personalities; and for achieving success and meaning in life.
(202) 557-8157 View (202) 557-8157
Photo of Madeleine Lawrence, Pre-Licensed Professional in Washington, DC
Madeleine Lawrence
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20012
I am a Masters-level counselor-in-training through Northwestern University currently offering counseling services at The Imago Center of Washington, DC. I am accepting clients with sliding scale pricing/low fee. Together, we can work on areas such as life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem regulation, sexuality, anxiety, and depression. Using an integrative approach, I hope to work with young adults and couples in exploring areas such as sexual orientation, healthy relationship development, and positive sexuality as well as anxiety regulation and adjustment strategies.
I am a Masters-level counselor-in-training through Northwestern University currently offering counseling services at The Imago Center of Washington, DC. I am accepting clients with sliding scale pricing/low fee. Together, we can work on areas such as life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem regulation, sexuality, anxiety, and depression. Using an integrative approach, I hope to work with young adults and couples in exploring areas such as sexual orientation, healthy relationship development, and positive sexuality as well as anxiety regulation and adjustment strategies.
(202) 930-8979 View (202) 930-8979
Photo of Katie Zale, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Katie Zale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hi! I am thrilled you have taken the first step towards a more peaceful existence. I primarily work with adolescents through adulthood, with a special focus on young adults. Topics we can work on include feelings of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, perfectionism, people pleasing and life adjustments
Hi! I am thrilled you have taken the first step towards a more peaceful existence. I primarily work with adolescents through adulthood, with a special focus on young adults. Topics we can work on include feelings of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, perfectionism, people pleasing and life adjustments
(206) 590-7810 View (206) 590-7810
Photo of Leonard Brisendine, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC
Leonard Brisendine
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MS, CSAC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Hello. My name is Lenny Brisendine. I am credentialed in DC and Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. My professional orientation is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. I offer online therapy and flexible scheduling including Saturday hours, plus an initial free 15 minute video session so you can decide if we are a good match.
Hello. My name is Lenny Brisendine. I am credentialed in DC and Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. My professional orientation is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. I offer online therapy and flexible scheduling including Saturday hours, plus an initial free 15 minute video session so you can decide if we are a good match.
(202) 991-3549 View (202) 991-3549
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Marsha Lucas, PhD - Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD, PSYPACT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
All of us need help from time to time to develop new ways of living fuller, richer lives. My focus is on improving how you perceive and navigate life's challenges, transitions, and relationships. Our work together can help you to develop new skills to create the life you want; to enhance your relationships, friendships, or worklife; and to move you toward greater abundance, mindfulness, and depth. My additional expertise in neuropsychology means that our work will integrate psychotherapy and current neuroscience -- 'psychotherapy with the brain in mind' -- a powerfully effective combination.
All of us need help from time to time to develop new ways of living fuller, richer lives. My focus is on improving how you perceive and navigate life's challenges, transitions, and relationships. Our work together can help you to develop new skills to create the life you want; to enhance your relationships, friendships, or worklife; and to move you toward greater abundance, mindfulness, and depth. My additional expertise in neuropsychology means that our work will integrate psychotherapy and current neuroscience -- 'psychotherapy with the brain in mind' -- a powerfully effective combination.
(202) 331-3318 View (202) 331-3318
Photo of Duncan Krieger, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Duncan Krieger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
People who find their way to my practice are ready for something more in their lives. Whether your focus is on the quality of your relationships, the state of your career or the satisfaction and pleasure that you find in other parts of your life, you've found your way here because you are ready to make a change. We can't always see our way to reaching what we want on our own. With a mindful approach, compassion, experience and training, I can help you find traction on the path that is truly yours.
People who find their way to my practice are ready for something more in their lives. Whether your focus is on the quality of your relationships, the state of your career or the satisfaction and pleasure that you find in other parts of your life, you've found your way here because you are ready to make a change. We can't always see our way to reaching what we want on our own. With a mindful approach, compassion, experience and training, I can help you find traction on the path that is truly yours.
(202) 793-7577 View (202) 793-7577
Photo of Eric Behna, Pre-Licensed Professional in Washington, DC
Eric Behna
Pre-Licensed Professional, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20020  (Online Only)
Eric is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, D.C. Eric’s style is calm, supportive, and non-judgmental. Eric seeks to walk alongside his clients on their journey towards change and being the person they want to be. His approach is to help clients tap into inner strengths while building greater awareness of emotions and behaviors.
Eric is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, D.C. Eric’s style is calm, supportive, and non-judgmental. Eric seeks to walk alongside his clients on their journey towards change and being the person they want to be. His approach is to help clients tap into inner strengths while building greater awareness of emotions and behaviors.
(833) 525-0466 View (833) 525-0466
Photo of A Fresh Start Therapy, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
A Fresh Start Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
12/21/2023- Yes, we are currently accepting new clients. Welcome to A Fresh Start Therapy. FYI: This time of year is difficult for many as we get less sunlight and our days are shorter. Both Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Major Depressive Disorder flare up in the Fall. Consider making a small change in your environment like adding art to your sleeping area or tossing a piece of furniture or decor that no longer fits who you are. Making subtle updates to your home or work space can improve your mood a bit. Give it a try!
12/21/2023- Yes, we are currently accepting new clients. Welcome to A Fresh Start Therapy. FYI: This time of year is difficult for many as we get less sunlight and our days are shorter. Both Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Major Depressive Disorder flare up in the Fall. Consider making a small change in your environment like adding art to your sleeping area or tossing a piece of furniture or decor that no longer fits who you are. Making subtle updates to your home or work space can improve your mood a bit. Give it a try!
(202) 831-7039 View (202) 831-7039
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Caitlin Wick
Counselor, MSEd, LGPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20012
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. I am passionate about supporting individuals, couples and people in all types of relationships on their personal and relational journeys, as they explore themselves and their experiences, gain insight into patterns and dynamics, and ultimately, as they connect to what is meaningful in their lives. I approach my clients with genuineness, creativity, and a sense of collaboration, and I believe it is a privilege to sit with people and hold their stories.
Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. I am passionate about supporting individuals, couples and people in all types of relationships on their personal and relational journeys, as they explore themselves and their experiences, gain insight into patterns and dynamics, and ultimately, as they connect to what is meaningful in their lives. I approach my clients with genuineness, creativity, and a sense of collaboration, and I believe it is a privilege to sit with people and hold their stories.
(202) 875-7949 View (202) 875-7949
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Marlow Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
Not accepting new clients
Are you feeling stuck or unable to relax? Having difficulty with maintaining boundaries or communicating what you need? Wishing you could feel more affirmed or more comfortable to be yourself? In working with me, you will find that I have a person-centered approach. I will meet you where you are, and we’ll go from there to accomplish your goals. I have over 3 years experience working with adults navigating substance use, anxiety, depression, grief, questions around identity, and all forms of trauma.
Are you feeling stuck or unable to relax? Having difficulty with maintaining boundaries or communicating what you need? Wishing you could feel more affirmed or more comfortable to be yourself? In working with me, you will find that I have a person-centered approach. I will meet you where you are, and we’ll go from there to accomplish your goals. I have over 3 years experience working with adults navigating substance use, anxiety, depression, grief, questions around identity, and all forms of trauma.
(301) 900-8470 View (301) 900-8470
Photo of Athena Gavaris, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Athena Gavaris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Have you not found success with other therapy experiences? Let’s meet. For over 25 years, I have been providing psychotherapy services to individuals and couples. It is a pleasure to see clients grow, resolve problems, and begin to live and feel in ways they never imagined. I create a safe, supportive, and affirming environment for exploring and gaining insight into the challenges you face, and together we will find new ways to understand, and address them. My goal is to help you find meaningful and lasting solutions that improve your mood, sense of well being and relationships.
Have you not found success with other therapy experiences? Let’s meet. For over 25 years, I have been providing psychotherapy services to individuals and couples. It is a pleasure to see clients grow, resolve problems, and begin to live and feel in ways they never imagined. I create a safe, supportive, and affirming environment for exploring and gaining insight into the challenges you face, and together we will find new ways to understand, and address them. My goal is to help you find meaningful and lasting solutions that improve your mood, sense of well being and relationships.
(202) 759-5433 View (202) 759-5433
Photo of Rachel Bradley Williams, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Rachel Bradley Williams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, RPT-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008
Not accepting new clients
Upon entering each new developmental phase of our lives, there is often a momentary pause, an unsettling of the ship as we adjust to new demands, challenges and desires (and this is true no matter our age). Perhaps the Terrible Twos, Tween or Teen years have hit? Could it be that your child is struggling at school and you'd like to support him or her to feel better and have more success? Maybe you are an adult who is feeling overwhelmed by stress and the demands of life. These moments are great opportunities for growth and I believe I can help.
Upon entering each new developmental phase of our lives, there is often a momentary pause, an unsettling of the ship as we adjust to new demands, challenges and desires (and this is true no matter our age). Perhaps the Terrible Twos, Tween or Teen years have hit? Could it be that your child is struggling at school and you'd like to support him or her to feel better and have more success? Maybe you are an adult who is feeling overwhelmed by stress and the demands of life. These moments are great opportunities for growth and I believe I can help.
(202) 304-1134 View (202) 304-1134

How does your Therapist compare?

Number of Therapists in Washington, DC

2,000+

Average cost per session

$180

Therapists in Washington, DC who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
81% Relationship Issues
77% Self Esteem
69% Stress
68% Trauma and PTSD
65% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

13 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

63% BlueCross and BlueShield
57% CareFirst
53% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Washington, DC see their clients

56% In Person and Online
44% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Washington?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.