After more than 35 years of practice, I believe that intellectual and emotional insight must lead to behavioral change for psychotherapy to have true value for the client. The process of self-discovery allows the client to make clear and informed choices and to take responsibility for the results. I prefer clients who are courageous enough to seek the truth and change how they behave in order to create a better life.
Young adults and college students experiencing big life changes- does it seem like despite having your life together, you still feel stressed and overwhelmed? As far as your friends and family can tell, you're keeping it together but deep down you’re feeling overwhelmed, burnout, or maybe even a little lost. Together, we can help you get through this by learning to prioritize your own well-being, strengthening your relationships, and finding greater life balance.
Everyone has the potential to change, grow and heal. I believe that psychotherapy can be a powerful tool toward those ends. Effective therapy requires an accepting and authentic therapist-client relationship, and I strive to create an environment filled with warmth, trust and understanding.
I will encourage you to deepen your understanding of your experiences and emotional life. As most people enter therapy during a time of heightened discomfort, I also strive to quickly identify areas of concern, develop an approach that feels comfortable, and help you find greater fulfillment in your life.
I view therapy as a process that can facilitate healing and change, as well as understanding and fulfillment. Whether stuck in a conflicted relationship, feeling lost, struggling with depression or anxiety, adjusting to a transition or life change, feeling unable to break unhealthy patterns or resolve past issues and pain, it can be difficult to know where to start. Together, we can explore the issues you face and identify the direction you want your life to take and the steps needed to get you there. Once established, our relationship can provide the foundation and safety for this process.
I specialize in holistic, integrated behavioral health promotion. The tools I most often use include cognitive-behavioral treatment, biofeedback training, and hypnosis. I seek to be a change agent working with individuals, couples, families, and organizations.
I'm big on developing, revising, and using collaborative (me and you) treatment plans with specific goals and objectives.
“Life is slippery. Here, take my hand." Jackson Brown - In times of extraordinary stress, when old issues may be exacerbated, people need a place to feel heard and understood. They may be coping with the loss of a loved one, difficulty with their relationships, the loss of a job, or the isolation and fear of living through a pandemic. As a therapist, I lend an empathic ear and help clients explore and re-wire old issues, so they can become more resilient.
There are few things more painful than feeling isolated and alone. Many people enter therapy because they are feeling alone, disconnected and their relationships are suffering. I see therapy as a place where you can feel truly heard, seen, and understood and it is in this safe place that you can begin to make more satisfying and effective life decisions. I work with people to help them understand the unconscious role they may be playing in life decisions and to develop a life of confidence and joy. I work with adults, couples, and families around issues of depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and addictions.
Kids, teens, and college students are often dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress. Parents' goals for their children aren't to survive but to thrive. Parents cultivate this by teaching their children skills such as modeling how to work through difficulties or mistakes, guiding them in how to process through emotions, and helping their child to understand their own needs. Teaching these things can become increasingly difficult when a child begins experiencing a mood disorder. I'm here to support, utilizing a holistic approach to help build a toolset to help individuals feel more capable of coping with life's stressors.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, JD
Finding your true, authentic self can be daunting. You may feel stuck, confused, or overwhelmed by life experiences. Together we can discover the motivations, tools, and skills which will allow you to be content, more-productive, and less anxious. In a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space, you and I will explore your patterns of thinking and feeling, and the meanings behind them. We will remove obstacles which get in your way. Client's often tell me that my warm, non-judgmental approach and careful listening help them to feel safe, freeing them to understand themselves in ways they've never considered.
Many of us experience emotional hardships and strains which affect our abilities to create and sustain satisfying connections, or feel like our strongest self. Our emotions can be affected by adjustments, grief and loss, traumas, physical illness, family distress, and life transitions which can have rippling effects across our multiple roles. Taking a step to connect with a trained counseling professional,with whom you feel a strong and safe fit, can be one way to feel support and better. Through individual, couples, and/or group therapy, or appropriate assessment, I hope to offer a range of psychological support.
Welcome! Recognizing that something in your life isn't working is a great sign of hope & resilience and those who find their way to my practice are usually looking for something to change in their lives. The reasons why you are seeking therapy are my top priorities and helping you have the life you want is my job. I am often described as compassionate, intuitive, empathetic, open and honest. Seeking out a therapist you connect with and trust it critical. Please come in and decide if you feel that I'm the right therapist for you! I have Tuesday-Saturday hours available.
Christian Johnson is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in Washington, DC, and the State of Maryland. Christian has 8 years of experience providing therapy and clinical interventions with adults, children, and families in stress management, depression, anxiety, life skills, trauma, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and grief and loss. He completed his Bachelors of Arts (BAs) in Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, with a Minor in Music, at the University of Washington-Seattle, and additional studies in Music Education at the University of the District of Columbia.
It is my privilege to guide individuals, couples and groups to find their own way. You may experience vitality and despair, triumph and struggle, fulfillment and longing. However, when the "self" becomes impoverished it is vulnerable, emotionally scarred and injured. Are you self aware and in search of a deeper sense of self and the ultimate meaning of life?
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.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW-C, LICSW
Therapy is a journey through which we find our authentic selves and become the best we can be. I have expertise in working with alcoholism, addictions, and recovery issues; and with relationship, couple and family issues. I have worked in the field for over twenty years. I work with adults and adolescents, in individual, couple and family modalities. My approach is to meet you where you are, and to help you to move towards your goals, overcome obstacles, and achieve maximum growth. I use several therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and strengths-based techniques. Website: practicaltherapy.net.
As a therapist, I strive to create a space that feels comfortable for you to talk about your unique journey towards greater wellbeing. I approach therapy with a belief that many of our areas of struggle often have roots in our natural adaptations to difficult circumstances. By being curious about the connections between current difficulties and past experiences, we can increase awareness and reflection, which can lead to important shifts in how we function in our lives.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC, EMDR-C
Whether in person or via telehealth during the pandemic, I am passionate about helping people facing relationship struggles that manifest as anxiety, depression, and difficulty with intimacy. My experience and training (EFT: Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Imago, PACT) taught me that most emotional challenges are tied to how we function in our personal relationships. I've been told that my real strength is helping people feel safe and reflective enough to recognize, think through, and either accept or change the way they approach the relationships that matter most.
D.C. is a fast-paced area of ambition and achievement. Our beloved city is also an area rife with elevated levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and exhaustion - in addition to the other mental health concerns that many face. What emotional support is available to help you manage the intense and sometimes painful feelings that are a result this fast-paced environment with elevated expectations? My practice is ready to help individuals challenged by stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. I specialize in women and children with a sub-specialization in student mental health for grades elementary through college.
I draw on more than 30 years of experience and learning in the practice and teaching of individual, group, and couples therapy. I work with a broad variety of adult clients, whose circumstances are quite varied. Nevertheless, they generally share a common aspiration ~ to discover within themselves a more vital, passionate, and creative approach to meeting life's challenges.
My intention as a therapist is to establish ~ through active engagement, compassion, humor and insight ~ a safe and authentic collaboration in pursuit of your aspirations for growth and personal fulfillment. My approach integrates elements of the best, well-established therapeutic approaches, tailored to your unique needs and challenges.
I place great importance on creating a non-judgmental atmosphere where the person that I am seeing can talk comfortably about their difficulties without fear of stigma or criticism. My approach is one of discovering the links between past and present relationship patterns, and using these insights to foster change and growth. After over thirty years in the field, I believe that I have developed the ability to understand a situation quickly, and to communicate recommendations in an empathic and sensitive manner. I am able to work in brief psychotherapy, and wish to provide genuine help as quickly as possible.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Georgetown, Washington are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Georgetown, Washington then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Georgetown, Washington, or Child Psychologists in Georgetown, Washington.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Georgetown, Washington psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Georgetown, Washington specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.