Chronic Illness Therapists in Washington, DC

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Photo of Tara Devineni, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Tara Devineni
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
9 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
My experience working within both acute and ambulatory care medical settings has also expanded my expertise to include helping those coping with chronic illness, grief/loss, and end of life issues.
Everyone needs support during difficult times in their lives, whether they are dealing with relationship issues, stress at home or work, or feelings of depression and anxiety with or without a clear cause. It is during times like these that therapy can help. Through our work together I will provide a safe space for painful memories and emotions to be explored and work with you to gain a deeper understanding of how these experiences continue to shape you today. Together we will work to help you develop new coping skills and bring an enhanced level of self-awareness to your life.
My experience working within both acute and ambulatory care medical settings has also expanded my expertise to include helping those coping with chronic illness, grief/loss, and end of life issues.
Everyone needs support during difficult times in their lives, whether they are dealing with relationship issues, stress at home or work, or feelings of depression and anxiety with or without a clear cause. It is during times like these that therapy can help. Through our work together I will provide a safe space for painful memories and emotions to be explored and work with you to gain a deeper understanding of how these experiences continue to shape you today. Together we will work to help you develop new coping skills and bring an enhanced level of self-awareness to your life.
(484) 424-7218 View (484) 424-7218
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Laura Niver
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Washington, DC 20004
I work with adults experiencing the impact of trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, phase of life adjustment, and relationship issues.
We all have unique stories. Our pasts form us into who we are today, and oftentimes what once worked for us, no longer does. Therapy can help us gain the insight to understand our stories, but more importantly, help us to choose new ways of living and engaging with ourselves, others, and the world. In the context of a supportive relationship, we will work together to move towards a life that is more meaningful, satisfying, and free.
I work with adults experiencing the impact of trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, phase of life adjustment, and relationship issues.
We all have unique stories. Our pasts form us into who we are today, and oftentimes what once worked for us, no longer does. Therapy can help us gain the insight to understand our stories, but more importantly, help us to choose new ways of living and engaging with ourselves, others, and the world. In the context of a supportive relationship, we will work together to move towards a life that is more meaningful, satisfying, and free.
(202) 217-4924 View (202) 217-4924
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Anne-Marie Deutsch
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
After many years as a psychotherapist working with adults, I’ve learned the best therapy is whatever encourages my clients to be curious about themselves and motivated to change what they really want to change while embracing what doesn’t need to change at all. Whether you are looking to work on anxiety, stress, family or relationship issues, work problems, trauma, sleep disorders, depression, or chronic illness – psychotherapy is a process that can help, and I will be happy to join you on that journey.
After many years as a psychotherapist working with adults, I’ve learned the best therapy is whatever encourages my clients to be curious about themselves and motivated to change what they really want to change while embracing what doesn’t need to change at all. Whether you are looking to work on anxiety, stress, family or relationship issues, work problems, trauma, sleep disorders, depression, or chronic illness – psychotherapy is a process that can help, and I will be happy to join you on that journey.
(202) 972-2055 View (202) 972-2055
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Devin Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
I have subspecialties in chronic illness, grief and trauma, and am committed to providing supportive, trauma-informed care.
CURRENT openings. You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stuck, held back by worry and doubt. Perhaps you are struggling under the weight of sadness or shame, or due to a loss or trauma that continues to impact you day to day. I offer a skilled, supportive space to guide you through the process of finding your own voice, helping you to create the confident, calm and connected life you wish to live. My style is compassionate, unbiased, and grounding, and I strive to create an environment that fosters growth, self-awareness and lasting change.
I have subspecialties in chronic illness, grief and trauma, and am committed to providing supportive, trauma-informed care.
CURRENT openings. You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stuck, held back by worry and doubt. Perhaps you are struggling under the weight of sadness or shame, or due to a loss or trauma that continues to impact you day to day. I offer a skilled, supportive space to guide you through the process of finding your own voice, helping you to create the confident, calm and connected life you wish to live. My style is compassionate, unbiased, and grounding, and I strive to create an environment that fosters growth, self-awareness and lasting change.
(202) 933-5781 View (202) 933-5781
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Kate Kelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Washington, DC 20008
I also work with clients of all ages with depression, ADHD, self-regulation challenges, distinct learning styles, chronic illness, grief and loss, trauma, and issues of identity.
I’m the founder and director of The Center for Family Well-Being, where we aim -- through our groups, individual therapy, and classes -- to help kids, teens, adults, couples, and families fully realize their potential with confidence, understanding, and an open heart. We're a group of highly-trained holistic therapists who integrate Western psychotherapy with the wisdom of Eastern mindful awareness practice, as well as other mind-body healing methods, for greater awareness, connection, and well-being for our clients -- within themselves and with others in their lives.
I also work with clients of all ages with depression, ADHD, self-regulation challenges, distinct learning styles, chronic illness, grief and loss, trauma, and issues of identity.
I’m the founder and director of The Center for Family Well-Being, where we aim -- through our groups, individual therapy, and classes -- to help kids, teens, adults, couples, and families fully realize their potential with confidence, understanding, and an open heart. We're a group of highly-trained holistic therapists who integrate Western psychotherapy with the wisdom of Eastern mindful awareness practice, as well as other mind-body healing methods, for greater awareness, connection, and well-being for our clients -- within themselves and with others in their lives.
(202) 804-8054 View (202) 804-8054
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Chelsey Barrios Foster
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I have expertise in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, emotion dysregulation, coping with health issues and chronic illness, and stress-related disorders across the lifespan. I also specialize in women’s mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I further specialize in working with college students and young adults (20's and 30's) through life transitions and identity development. In addition, I consult with parents to develop strategies to support their children, and enact lasting change in the home.
I provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. I have expertise in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, adjustment difficulties, ADHD, emotion dysregulation, coping with health issues and chronic illness, and stress-related disorders across the lifespan. I also specialize in women’s mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I further specialize in working with college students and young adults (20's and 30's) through life transitions and identity development. In addition, I consult with parents to develop strategies to support their children, and enact lasting change in the home.
(202) 937-2621 View (202) 937-2621
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Jennifer L Pauk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, MPH
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20011
I work with clients who want change in some aspect of their life, including managing their emotions. An area of expertise is supporting individuals affected by chronic pain or chronic illness. We explore how, in the face of problems, one can define and live a full life. I also support clients facing destabilizing life events (pregnancy/infertility, career, relationship change, traumatic event or stress) that can cause anxiety, panic, or depression. Finally, I work to provide space for honest, nonjudgemental and open exploration about alcohol, drugs or other behaviors that are often taboo.
I work with clients who want change in some aspect of their life, including managing their emotions. An area of expertise is supporting individuals affected by chronic pain or chronic illness. We explore how, in the face of problems, one can define and live a full life. I also support clients facing destabilizing life events (pregnancy/infertility, career, relationship change, traumatic event or stress) that can cause anxiety, panic, or depression. Finally, I work to provide space for honest, nonjudgemental and open exploration about alcohol, drugs or other behaviors that are often taboo.
(202) 831-7718 View (202) 831-7718
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Athena Gavaris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, traumatic events, and chronic illness.
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.
I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, traumatic events, and chronic illness.
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 Anne Kelemen, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Anne Kelemen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, SEP
Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Whether you are a caregiver or healthcare professional seeking guidance and support or an individual facing a chronic illness, my 17 years of experience working with grief, trauma, loss, and illness can help manage the stress and burnout that comes with illness and caregiving. My patients have included those experiencing grief/loss, people living with a chronic illness, healthcare professionals, and caregivers. I have over a decade of experience working predominantly with people from a historically marginalized population, and my patients describe me as a great listener, compassionate, and a creative problem solver.
Whether you are a caregiver or healthcare professional seeking guidance and support or an individual facing a chronic illness, my 17 years of experience working with grief, trauma, loss, and illness can help manage the stress and burnout that comes with illness and caregiving. My patients have included those experiencing grief/loss, people living with a chronic illness, healthcare professionals, and caregivers. I have over a decade of experience working predominantly with people from a historically marginalized population, and my patients describe me as a great listener, compassionate, and a creative problem solver.
(202) 804-9929 View (202) 804-9929
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Gwen F Melnick
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Washington, DC 20008
Would you like to feel less overwhelmed, anxious, sad, fearful, depressed or unsure of yourself? Are you going through a life transition, dealing with chronic illness, or are unproductive behaviors holding you back? Perhaps you’re unhappy at work/school, experiencing grief/loss, uncertain about your professional goals, or dissatisfied with your relationships. Life issues may seem insurmountable. Once you begin therapy with me, we'll work collaboratively to increase your self-understanding & insight. I'll help you identify & effectuate necessary life changes (step by step), embrace self acceptance, or move toward a little of both.
Would you like to feel less overwhelmed, anxious, sad, fearful, depressed or unsure of yourself? Are you going through a life transition, dealing with chronic illness, or are unproductive behaviors holding you back? Perhaps you’re unhappy at work/school, experiencing grief/loss, uncertain about your professional goals, or dissatisfied with your relationships. Life issues may seem insurmountable. Once you begin therapy with me, we'll work collaboratively to increase your self-understanding & insight. I'll help you identify & effectuate necessary life changes (step by step), embrace self acceptance, or move toward a little of both.
(412) 356-9859 View (412) 356-9859
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Dr. Laurel Wade
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003
Dr. Wade specializes in health psychology, particularly the areas of chronic pain, adjustment to chronic illness or injury, weight management, weight loss surgery counseling, disordered eating, body image concerns, and implementing health-promoting lifestyle changes. Dr. Wade practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and positive psychology approaches, capitalizing on the strengths of each individual to form a collaborative and holistic treatment plan.
Dr. Wade specializes in health psychology, particularly the areas of chronic pain, adjustment to chronic illness or injury, weight management, weight loss surgery counseling, disordered eating, body image concerns, and implementing health-promoting lifestyle changes. Dr. Wade practices Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and positive psychology approaches, capitalizing on the strengths of each individual to form a collaborative and holistic treatment plan.
(571) 462-6539 View (571) 462-6539
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Reese Hebrank
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Making changes in your life can be exciting, scary or often a mixture of both. You want to have the right support when you are experiencing a life transition such as gender transition; opening, escalating, or de-escalating a relationship; accepting and affirming a diagnosis of neurodivergence; or navigating the diagnosis or progression of a disability or chronic illness in yourself or a loved one. If you are seeking an experienced and passionate mental health professional to explore the emotional impact of LGBTQIA+ identity, polyamory, or disability, I would like to talk to you more about how I can help.
Making changes in your life can be exciting, scary or often a mixture of both. You want to have the right support when you are experiencing a life transition such as gender transition; opening, escalating, or de-escalating a relationship; accepting and affirming a diagnosis of neurodivergence; or navigating the diagnosis or progression of a disability or chronic illness in yourself or a loved one. If you are seeking an experienced and passionate mental health professional to explore the emotional impact of LGBTQIA+ identity, polyamory, or disability, I would like to talk to you more about how I can help.
(703) 520-1782 View (703) 520-1782
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Nancy Brutsché
MSN, RN, PMHCNS, BC
Verified
Washington, DC 20016
MINDFULNESS-BASED SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY & INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS: "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]. All that you seek already lies within you. It is my great pleasure to assist you in opening up to your wholeness. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, chronic illness, pain, feeling stuck, existential/spiritual issues or simply seeking what you have been missing or what calls you, I am here to help you find the freedom, peace, love and joy you desire. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE NOR MANAGE MEDICATIONS.
MINDFULNESS-BASED SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY & INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS: "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]. All that you seek already lies within you. It is my great pleasure to assist you in opening up to your wholeness. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues, chronic illness, pain, feeling stuck, existential/spiritual issues or simply seeking what you have been missing or what calls you, I am here to help you find the freedom, peace, love and joy you desire. I DO NOT PRESCRIBE NOR MANAGE MEDICATIONS.
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Andrea Hamilton
Resident in Counseling, LGPC, MA, NCC
Verified
Washington, DC 20002
I have worked with various groups such as first responders, medical staff, veterans, international humanitarian workers, law enforcement, journalists, and individuals struggling with fertility, prepartum, postpartum, chronic illness, and couples.
Are you in search of support? Are you struggling with symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, personal growth, life transitions, relationship conflict, multicultural issues, religion, spirituality, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or bipolar/mood disorders?
I have worked with various groups such as first responders, medical staff, veterans, international humanitarian workers, law enforcement, journalists, and individuals struggling with fertility, prepartum, postpartum, chronic illness, and couples.
Are you in search of support? Are you struggling with symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, personal growth, life transitions, relationship conflict, multicultural issues, religion, spirituality, self-harm, suicidal ideation, or bipolar/mood disorders?
(571) 946-6525 View (571) 946-6525
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Tonia Gregory
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Washington, DC 20007
My expertise includes alcohol and substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, chronic illness and interpersonal challenges.
My belief in the therapeutic relationship as foundational for personal growth and change in individual psychotherapy motivates me to ensure a therapeutic environment that is both safe and validating. My style is collaborative and non-judgmental as I work in partnership with individuals to promote healing, foster strengths and move toward positive change.
My expertise includes alcohol and substance use disorders, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, chronic illness and interpersonal challenges.
My belief in the therapeutic relationship as foundational for personal growth and change in individual psychotherapy motivates me to ensure a therapeutic environment that is both safe and validating. My style is collaborative and non-judgmental as I work in partnership with individuals to promote healing, foster strengths and move toward positive change.
(703) 596-2793 View (703) 596-2793
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Sabrina Gibb
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
I help clients through life transitions, relationship distress, trauma, loss, grief, the perinatal period, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety.
Life can be hard. A job relocation, challenging career or significant life transition can make it even harder. Maybe you feel alone, overwhelmed, hopeless or even damaged, and somehow stuck inside of these feelings. When navigating such painful feelings and life moments, it's easy to find yourself "going through the motions" — disconnected from yourself, the people closest to you, and your real purpose in life. If you find yourself in this unsettling space, remember: You don't have to figure it out alone. I work with people just like you — individuals and couples that often appear to have it all together but suffer in silence.
I help clients through life transitions, relationship distress, trauma, loss, grief, the perinatal period, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety.
Life can be hard. A job relocation, challenging career or significant life transition can make it even harder. Maybe you feel alone, overwhelmed, hopeless or even damaged, and somehow stuck inside of these feelings. When navigating such painful feelings and life moments, it's easy to find yourself "going through the motions" — disconnected from yourself, the people closest to you, and your real purpose in life. If you find yourself in this unsettling space, remember: You don't have to figure it out alone. I work with people just like you — individuals and couples that often appear to have it all together but suffer in silence.
(301) 690-9279 View (301) 690-9279
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John-Paul James
Resident in Counseling, PhD, DMin
Verified
Washington, DC 20020  (Online Only)
My ideal clients are people with individual, health issues, parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, premartial, marriage, family, relationship, and sex challenges, body dysmorphia, psycho-social issues, chronic illness, chronic pain, chronic emotional difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, and personality disorders. The client is willing to have consistent dialogue about how to improve this area of their life and is willing to try new ideas and/or behaviors suggested during their sessions within their daily life. My ability to establish a quick rapport, understanding, and genuineness are keys to my success with my clients.
My ideal clients are people with individual, health issues, parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, premartial, marriage, family, relationship, and sex challenges, body dysmorphia, psycho-social issues, chronic illness, chronic pain, chronic emotional difficulties, anxiety, mood disorders, and personality disorders. The client is willing to have consistent dialogue about how to improve this area of their life and is willing to try new ideas and/or behaviors suggested during their sessions within their daily life. My ability to establish a quick rapport, understanding, and genuineness are keys to my success with my clients.
(571) 200-6935 View (571) 200-6935
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Victoria Tripp
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW, OSW-C
Verified
Washington, DC 20064
I specialize in clients over 18, and am passionate about counseling young adults who are suffering from disabling anxiety, depression, and grief, or otherwise needing counsel due to chronic illness, caregiver burden, end of life issues, or spiritual distress.
Individuals suffering from cancer and chronic illnesses are often overwhelmed with numerous challenges, including family system dynamics, and the tumult of intense and fluctuating emotions of fear, anxiety, depression, anger and anticipatory grief. These challenges can bring up existential questions regarding the meaning of life and personal faith. My experience as a therapist havs inspired my counseling style as one where there is space for client’s to process these important questions without judgment.
I specialize in clients over 18, and am passionate about counseling young adults who are suffering from disabling anxiety, depression, and grief, or otherwise needing counsel due to chronic illness, caregiver burden, end of life issues, or spiritual distress.
Individuals suffering from cancer and chronic illnesses are often overwhelmed with numerous challenges, including family system dynamics, and the tumult of intense and fluctuating emotions of fear, anxiety, depression, anger and anticipatory grief. These challenges can bring up existential questions regarding the meaning of life and personal faith. My experience as a therapist havs inspired my counseling style as one where there is space for client’s to process these important questions without judgment.
(540) 274-0289 View (540) 274-0289
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Joanne Assarsson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, OSW-C
Verified
Washington, DC 20007  (Online Only)
I specialize in helping adults who are challenged by acute and chronic medical illness, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, grief, work/life balance and life transitions. I also work with those who support individuals struggling with the above concerns. With over 2 decades of clinical experience, our work together will be tailored towards your unique needs in an interactive, compassionate, flexible and consistently supportive environment. You can expect to leave our sessions equipped with actionable tools that are goal directed.
I specialize in helping adults who are challenged by acute and chronic medical illness, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, grief, work/life balance and life transitions. I also work with those who support individuals struggling with the above concerns. With over 2 decades of clinical experience, our work together will be tailored towards your unique needs in an interactive, compassionate, flexible and consistently supportive environment. You can expect to leave our sessions equipped with actionable tools that are goal directed.
(202) 519-7921 View (202) 519-7921
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Kristin Drouin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, APHSW-C
Verified
Washington, DC 20002
I specialize in working with individuals of all ages who are navigating illness, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions and professional burnout. My passion for supporting children, teens, young adults and families impacted by a life-limiting medical diagnosis is informed by the years I spent as a pediatric social worker. In my bereavement work, I support clients affected by all manner of death, with a particular focus on grief after the death of a parent, young child or sibling.
I specialize in working with individuals of all ages who are navigating illness, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions and professional burnout. My passion for supporting children, teens, young adults and families impacted by a life-limiting medical diagnosis is informed by the years I spent as a pediatric social worker. In my bereavement work, I support clients affected by all manner of death, with a particular focus on grief after the death of a parent, young child or sibling.
(202) 335-6360 View (202) 335-6360

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