Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists in Washington, DC

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Kim Gentin
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I incorporate psychodynamic, relational, cognitive -behavioral, and humanistic orientations into an integrative approach tailored to meet your individual needs.
When clients first reach out to me, they often feel depressed, anxious, stressed, or overwhelmed but are unsure about what steps to take to feel better. Clients also reach out because they want to further their understanding of their experience or need help navigating challenging situations or relationships. And then there are others who feel stuck and seek to change patterns in their lives.
(202) 362-0200
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Washington, DC 20007
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Thrive Mind & Body
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Having specialized training in approahes of cognitive -behavioral, solution focused, perinatal, or family therapy, we will find the one that fits your goals.
You just want to get through the day without thinking about the bad, stop overthinking, or feeling overwhelmed. Wondering what it takes to feel motivated again or not feel alone even when you are in a room full of people. Perhaps something is missing in your relationships or feeling you have imposter syndrome in your career. You just want to get through the day without feeling paralyzed or having fear about the future. It may feel so difficult to get back to the excitement you once had.
(415) 943-0340
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Washington, DC 20003
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Dr. Sadaf Lotfalian
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
To aid with this process, I use somatically-informed interventions (eg relational, sensorimotor, emotion-focused, mindfulness- & acceptance-based, dialectical- & cognitive -behavioral) geared toward your unique concerns and needs.
At times the road to your fullest life is found by moving through trauma, rage, loss, and betrayal. How we cope with those hardships is important. Therapy can help you become more aware of suffering, the sources that are causing it, and tools to help you overcome it. I invite us to imagine a life beyond fear, shame, and regret. One where you feel your innate wisdom, compassion, and capacity, to live life more fully despite all of its complexities.
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Washington, DC 20017
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Gail Kalin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Specializing in relationship and self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and stress management; utilizing hypnosis, EMDR, EFT, Cognitive Behavior and Psychodynamic Therapy approaches.
With over 20 years experience, my goal is to help uncover your true potential with a solution-focused approach. While we can't change difficult situation, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges. We will rapidly change long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that hold you back from a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I offer support and guidance through challenging situations and help move you towards a new direction in your life. I can help you with self-confidence and self-esteem, with relationship issues, life transitions, stress management, anger management, depression, mood disorders, anxiety.
(202) 365-5212
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Washington, DC 20008
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Dr. Lauren E. Mays
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I am integrative in my approach and tailor the use of evidence-based techniques from cognitive -behavioral, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic treatment modalities to each client's needs, goals, and interests.
Welcome! I am a results-oriented therapist who specializes in helping individuals break free of old patterns, find motivation, form deeper relationships, and manage difficult transitions. Using foundations of attachment and neuroscience, I work collaboratively with clients to help them gain insight into how they are "wired". This blueprint allows us to develop effective strategies that both reduce immediate stress and make lasting impacts on your overall well-being and life satisfaction. I believe that the therapist-client connection is paramount to this work and strive to provide a space that is safe, thought-provoking, (sometimes) fun, and always real.
(202) 517-1937
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Washington, DC 20036
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Marcus Lasota
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
My theoretical orientation is an integrative blend of contemporary Cognitive -Behavior Therapy.
I believe that a genuine strength exists in seeking support in periods of suffering. As a therapist, I consider my role as that of an expert navigator along your journey toward growth, improvement, and symptom relief. It is one of the great privileges of my life to work with individuals as they meet life's challenges, helping them to author new insights, strategies, enrichment, and strength. Through our collaborative work, I believe that lasting change is quite possible.
(702) 945-0656
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Washington, DC 20017
Not accepting new clients
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Sapna Doshi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
20 Endorsed
Verified
20 Endorsed
Dr. Doshi specializes in the treating of eating disorders, body image concerns, behavioral weight management, pre & post bariatric counseling, insomnia, OCD, anxiety disorders, depression, and multicultural and identity-related concerns. She utilizes scientific, evidence-based approaches to inform her treatment with clients. She specializes in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).
(703) 783-9118
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Washington, DC 20003
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Carla D Washington
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, EdD
Verified
Verified
This can range from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to a more Eclectic (Combination) Approach.
I have been a psychotherapist for over 25 years working with diverse adolescent and adult clients on an individual, group, and couples basis. I assist clients with developing healthier coping skills for addressing the issues of every day life. Furthermore,as an Existentialist, I feel that it is a human right to work toward developing one's potential and to enjoy one's journey on this planet.
(202) 670-9948
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Washington, DC 20006
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Binita Amin
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
I work with individuals who experience a wide range of challenges. My primary specialties include depression, anxiety, and life transitions. I also address job stress, relationships, grief/loss, and sleep concerns. My approach to therapy is integrative and collaborative. I primarily incorporate education with a cognitive -behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness approach.
(202) 759-5435
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Washington, DC 20009
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Katherine Maestre Caro
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Usando técnicas basadas en fortalezas como EFT y CBT , les ayudare a identificar los patrones dañinos en los que han estado atrapados.
Todavía están tensos y con rabia por otra pelea a gritos que acaban de tener. Ni siquiera están seguros de qué se trataba esta vez. Últimamente, cualquier cosa pequeña puede desencadenar una batalla total entre ustedes. Ayer discutieron por sus suegros, el día anterior fue por dinero. Ha llegado al punto en que han comenzado a evitarse porque no pueden estar en la misma habitación sin pelear. ¿Sería mejor si simplemente separamos? No están listos para renunciar al sueño de un futuro compartido , pero las cosas solo empeoran. Quiere salvar esta relación, pero no está seguros de cómo hacerlo. Están ya desesperados sin saber que hacer!
(202) 866-4039
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Washington, DC 20006
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Lewis Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with years of experience having helped people with a myriad of challenges and conditions. My counseling style is direct, warm, and interactive. You should expect to be treated with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I do not believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive -behavioral with aspects of motivational interviewing. We will devise a plan of action to work through what you deemed to be important. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to take the first steps towards change.
(202) 618-4460
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Washington, DC 20007
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Elana Hoffman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I'm trained in DBT, CBT , mindfulness, ACT, EFT, CPT, and PE, and I work from an integrative approach.
I love working with couples and individuals with difficulty in romantic relationships (i.e. sexual issues, communication, infidelity, divorce), adults who come from dysfunctional childhoods, as well as those with anxiety, impulsivity, and addiction. I also enjoy working with those in non-traditional romantic relationships (i.e. ethically non-monogamous, polyamorous). I am LGBTQIA- affirming and sex positive. I work best with clients who are engaged, thoughtful, and motivated for change. My style is empathic and direct, with a sense of humor. I believe strongly in the therapeutic alliance and the client/therapist fit.
(202) 793-8669
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Washington, DC 20010
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Sydney Rosen
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have extensive training in psychodynamic and relational therapies, as well as skill-based approaches such as CBT and DBT.
I help clients to create change through a better understanding of themselves and their relationships. You may be feeling dissatisfied or uncertain, disconnected from others or lacking a sense of control over your emotions or life choices, but I believe that you already have the ability and determination to help yourself. I work to draw out that ability through a combination of insight-expanding exploration and skill building to help you overcome challenges, all while utilizing my training to call out patterns and behaviors that may be getting in your way. I aim to create an environment that feels safe, accepting, and empowering.
(202) 998-4956
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Washington, DC 20006
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Harry L. Martin
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified
Verified
As mentioned above I would say that I specialize with depression and anxiety, often taking a cognitive behavioral therapy approach.
I am a DC native and LPC now taking clients. I see clients with a wide array of mood/emotional/behavioral concerns. I often work with clients grappling with major depressive disorder and anxiety. This is where I have found I am most helpful. Creating a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients is critical to my work and theirs, as we establish goals and identify and challenge negative thinking that stalls real progress. Progress comes through mitigating the severity of symptoms as well as restoring the client to a healthy baseline mood where one's sense of purpose and self -image are restored.
(202) 998-6383
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Washington, DC 20016
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Nailah Turner
Pre-Licensed Professional, PC-I
Verified
Verified
My techniques are rooted in cognitive -behavioral, person-centered, emotionally focused, solution-focused, and psychodynamic theories and therapies.
I am a Mental Health Counseling Intern at Northwestern University. I am passionate about creating an atmosphere where you can thrive in the world in a loving, healthy manner. I help clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, life and relationship challenges. I also enjoy working with couples with communication and parenting styles. My techniques are rooted in cognitive -behavioral, person-centered, emotionally focused, solution-focused, and psychodynamic theories and therapies.
(202) 838-3177 x704
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Washington, DC 20036
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Alisa Schwartz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a clinical psychologist practicing for over 15 years. I have a lot of experience treating men and women facing a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, work stresses, and life transitions. I have training in various treatment modalities including psychodynamic, CBT , and DBT and tailor my treatment to your needs. In general, I try to understand the origins of the problem and teach practical techniques for making improvements. I have a warm, interactive and collaborative style and will work with you to make positive changes in your life.
(917) 746-8959
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Washington, DC 20036
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Washington Nutrition and Counseling Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified
Verified
My approach to counseling is to create a safe space for growth and healing. I believe that growth and healing happen when people recognize that they have a circle of care (including clinicians) that show them empathy and support, that they can rely on and recognize that they have their best interests in mind. My therapeutic techniques include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy to create an atmosphere where the client recognizes that they are in control of their therapeutic experience.
(202) 759-2780
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Washington, DC 20005
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Todd Randall
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
After 7 years of training, practice, and providing clinical supervision at the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy, I've transitioned to private practice in Woodley Park. I have significant training in Cognitive Behavioral ( CBT ), Psychodynamic, Mindfulness-based, and Metacognitive approaches. These are the main schools in the field, and combined allow me to offer both practical techniques for troublesome thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; as well as help you see subtleties in yourself that likely influence how and why you may be stuck.
(202) 760-4893
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Washington, DC 20008
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Marlow Johnson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I am able to choose from a range of approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, strengths-based therapy, mindfulness, and Somatic Experiencing®.
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
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Washington, DC 20036
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Aya Behavioral Health, LLC
LPC Intern
Verified
Verified
Through mindfulness training, cognitive .
I focus on all types of traumas, such as stress related disorders, and neurodevelopment disorders, such as, intellectual developmental disorder, Autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder ADHD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, insomnia, and personality disorder. I specialize in individual and group therapy with children 8-13, teens 13-18, and adults. I’m also happy to collaborate with families who are struggling with multiculturalism and culturally specific issues due to the transmission of multigenerational trauma.
(202) 933-5976
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Washington, DC 20009
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Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists

How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy works by exploring how your thoughts affect your emotions and experiences. CBT helps you identify distortions in your thinking. For example, you may tend to jump to the worst case scenario (catastrophizing) or think in extremes (all-or-nothing thinking). A therapist can teach you how to push back against those thoughts to ultimately change your feelings and behavior for the better. They can also provide coping skills to better deal with stressors and challenges.

When do I know to seek treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy?

It’s reasonable to consider cognitive behavioral therapy if you struggle to manage difficult emotions or behaviors to such an extent that you are not getting the most out of life on a day-to-day basis. If you want a shorter term, concrete, skills-based approach, CBT is a great option. (By contrast, other types of therapy may devote more time to exploring your past and its effects.) The decision to seek CBT also depends on the condition you’re treating; CBT is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and many other disorders.

How can I find a cognitive behavioral therapist for someone else?

To find a cognitive behavioral therapist for someone else, you may want to begin by discussing the person’s problem, researching cognitive behavioral therapy, and assessing whether the approach is the right fit. You could then reach out to a few cognitive behavioral therapists in this directory, explain the scenario, have a consultation with those available, and determine who could be a good match.

Why is CBT such a popular form of therapy?

CBT has become a popular form of therapy because it is effective and accessible. Robust research has demonstrated that CBT is an effective treatment for many mental health conditions. And CBT can be learned in relatively few sessions, which means that many people can engage in the process, afford it, and see results quickly. It involves learning concrete skills such as disputing unhelpful thoughts; these skills can also be taught and spread widely.