Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists in Washington, DC

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Jillian Meinhardt
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Being experts in telehealth, we utilize virtual art, movement, meditation, narrative, play, CBT, DBT and psychodynamic techniques to meet you where you are at and connect.
Are you a parent of a child, teen or young adult struggling with big emotions that take over your child's body? Does your child have trouble leaving the house, nervous about new situations, have excess energy, feel low or experience mood swings? Are you a young adult entering a new phase or overwhelmed with today's pressures of work, family, friends and relationships? Are you looking for a clinician that can connect with you and understands the pressures of today? With a background in therapeutic and specials education school settings, we use creative tools to connect with you and your child to support you.
Being experts in telehealth, we utilize virtual art, movement, meditation, narrative, play, CBT, DBT and psychodynamic techniques to meet you where you are at and connect.
Are you a parent of a child, teen or young adult struggling with big emotions that take over your child's body? Does your child have trouble leaving the house, nervous about new situations, have excess energy, feel low or experience mood swings? Are you a young adult entering a new phase or overwhelmed with today's pressures of work, family, friends and relationships? Are you looking for a clinician that can connect with you and understands the pressures of today? With a background in therapeutic and specials education school settings, we use creative tools to connect with you and your child to support you.
(202) 875-6450 View (202) 875-6450
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Keri Sartin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
I am Trauma Informed and use modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my work with children and adults.
My name is Keri Sartin and I am the owner of Limitless Psychotherapy Services. I am really passionate about serving and helping people. I started my private practice in 2022 after practicing as a school social worker for 9 years and providing services to adults for over 15 years. I believe adults and children, do best when they feel heard and have supportive people in their lives. I enjoy working to address concerns of anxiety, depression, and general life changes. I also have a passion for helping parents better understand and connect with their children to transform and enhance the parent-child relationship.
I am Trauma Informed and use modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my work with children and adults.
My name is Keri Sartin and I am the owner of Limitless Psychotherapy Services. I am really passionate about serving and helping people. I started my private practice in 2022 after practicing as a school social worker for 9 years and providing services to adults for over 15 years. I believe adults and children, do best when they feel heard and have supportive people in their lives. I enjoy working to address concerns of anxiety, depression, and general life changes. I also have a passion for helping parents better understand and connect with their children to transform and enhance the parent-child relationship.
(202) 519-4927 View (202) 519-4927
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Julia Tier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036  (Online Only)
These include but are not limited to: CBT, DBT, ACT, and IFS.
Welcome! I am so glad you're here and I am eager to hear your story. My name is Julia and I am passionate about accompanying clients on journeys of healing and growth. I enjoy helping clients pick out just the right tools from a vast and diverse tool kit. My approach is warm, collaborative, and -above all- curious. Each therapy journey is unique and calls us to open ourselves to new possibilities. When acceptance and action meet we can find change, peace, and even a bit of magic.
These include but are not limited to: CBT, DBT, ACT, and IFS.
Welcome! I am so glad you're here and I am eager to hear your story. My name is Julia and I am passionate about accompanying clients on journeys of healing and growth. I enjoy helping clients pick out just the right tools from a vast and diverse tool kit. My approach is warm, collaborative, and -above all- curious. Each therapy journey is unique and calls us to open ourselves to new possibilities. When acceptance and action meet we can find change, peace, and even a bit of magic.
(202) 759-0509 View (202) 759-0509
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Dr. Francine Baffa, LCSW — Balance, Focus, Support
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, BCBA-D
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20005
Based on your needs, we will draw from Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, and other evidence-based approaches.
Do you feel stuck? Are external obstacles, or your own internal fears, holding you back from living a full and meaningful life? In therapy, you can grow, heal, and move forward. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder are real challenges. You can expect to build lifelong coping skills that enable you to reach your goals and experience sustained healing. You can feel calmer, more balanced, more motivated, and more focused. You can learn to build and sustain healthier and more satisfying relationships with family, work colleagues, and romantic partners. Contact me today. I am looking forward to hearing your story.
Based on your needs, we will draw from Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy, and other evidence-based approaches.
Do you feel stuck? Are external obstacles, or your own internal fears, holding you back from living a full and meaningful life? In therapy, you can grow, heal, and move forward. Anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder are real challenges. You can expect to build lifelong coping skills that enable you to reach your goals and experience sustained healing. You can feel calmer, more balanced, more motivated, and more focused. You can learn to build and sustain healthier and more satisfying relationships with family, work colleagues, and romantic partners. Contact me today. I am looking forward to hearing your story.
(703) 782-3846 View (703) 782-3846
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Dr. Candace A. Koman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
What would it feel like to have someone help you navigate life’s challenges? Using an integrative approach, I work collaboratively with clients to better understand feelings of anxiety, sadness, frustration, and how to manage them. We discuss what you wish to get out of therapy and, using techniques from evidence-based approaches, work towards making sure you get the most out of our time together. My training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Relational-Cultural Therapy.
What would it feel like to have someone help you navigate life’s challenges? Using an integrative approach, I work collaboratively with clients to better understand feelings of anxiety, sadness, frustration, and how to manage them. We discuss what you wish to get out of therapy and, using techniques from evidence-based approaches, work towards making sure you get the most out of our time together. My training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Relational-Cultural Therapy.
(202) 656-6051 View (202) 656-6051
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Sherika Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20001  (Online Only)
She specializes in applying a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, meditation, dialectical-behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing.
Sherika Elliott is a licensed clinical social worker. Working collaboratively, Sherika helps patients identify the stressors posing a barrier to their quality of life. From there, she helps patients identify the root causes of these issues and identify any behaviors that may be perpetuating the problem. Sherika sees her role as being there to assist the patient and offering accountability for change. In the session, Sherika takes her time establishing the therapeutic relationship, listening to each individual’s concerns, symptoms, and struggles. Her goal is to spread the love so her patients’ hearts can be touched by insight .
She specializes in applying a range of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, meditation, dialectical-behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing.
Sherika Elliott is a licensed clinical social worker. Working collaboratively, Sherika helps patients identify the stressors posing a barrier to their quality of life. From there, she helps patients identify the root causes of these issues and identify any behaviors that may be perpetuating the problem. Sherika sees her role as being there to assist the patient and offering accountability for change. In the session, Sherika takes her time establishing the therapeutic relationship, listening to each individual’s concerns, symptoms, and struggles. Her goal is to spread the love so her patients’ hearts can be touched by insight .
(202) 998-6724 View (202) 998-6724
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Hayley Gould
Counselor, LPC, MS/EdS
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
I also implement Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for practical coping skills to use in the day to day.
Eating disorders can be all encompassing and can start to take over so many different aspects of your life. It becomes hard to do anything without hearing the eating disorder’s disapproving voice in your head making comments about your food intake, your body, and most painfully, who you are as a person. This voice is not you. We can work together to help you fight back and regain your identity. You do not need to have an eating disorder for us to work together, I also work with those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, life transitions, trauma, relationships, and identity.
I also implement Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for practical coping skills to use in the day to day.
Eating disorders can be all encompassing and can start to take over so many different aspects of your life. It becomes hard to do anything without hearing the eating disorder’s disapproving voice in your head making comments about your food intake, your body, and most painfully, who you are as a person. This voice is not you. We can work together to help you fight back and regain your identity. You do not need to have an eating disorder for us to work together, I also work with those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, life transitions, trauma, relationships, and identity.
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Peter Devlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003
I practice a relational form of psychodynamic/humanistic therapy that views the therapeutic relationship as central to the therapeutic process. However. I also incorporate therapeutic tools from difrrent pychotherapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, and psychoanalysis . I have had great success working with people who have had difficulty connecting to therapists in the past and am noted for working with high-conflict couples. I enjoy working with couples utilizing. among other modalities, the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy, which aren't necessarily exclusive to each other
I practice a relational form of psychodynamic/humanistic therapy that views the therapeutic relationship as central to the therapeutic process. However. I also incorporate therapeutic tools from difrrent pychotherapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, and psychoanalysis . I have had great success working with people who have had difficulty connecting to therapists in the past and am noted for working with high-conflict couples. I enjoy working with couples utilizing. among other modalities, the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy, which aren't necessarily exclusive to each other
(202) 972-6846 View (202) 972-6846
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Alyssa Louise McCall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002
In the past, I have supported clients through utilizing Problem Solving Therapy, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness Practices, Trauma-Informed Care, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Being our best selves is attainable when we allow ourselves to be on a path of peace, fulfillment, and self-awareness. I hold a passion for helping clients do just that. I work with clients through a holistic & individualistic approach to support them in moving closer to their personal & professional goals. I am here to help you on your journey to finding yourself, being in tune with your needs, and overcoming any trauma that may be hindering this. I specialize in supporting clients overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, workplace & relationship challenges, low career self-efficacy, discrimination, and so much more.
In the past, I have supported clients through utilizing Problem Solving Therapy, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness Practices, Trauma-Informed Care, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Being our best selves is attainable when we allow ourselves to be on a path of peace, fulfillment, and self-awareness. I hold a passion for helping clients do just that. I work with clients through a holistic & individualistic approach to support them in moving closer to their personal & professional goals. I am here to help you on your journey to finding yourself, being in tune with your needs, and overcoming any trauma that may be hindering this. I specialize in supporting clients overcome anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, workplace & relationship challenges, low career self-efficacy, discrimination, and so much more.
(202) 914-1107 x701 View (202) 914-1107 x701
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Kate Kelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
I’m trained in multiple approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, mindful awareness, and body-based therapies; play, art, and sand therapy; and brain-based therapies, including Brainspotting.
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’m trained in multiple approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, mindful awareness, and body-based therapies; play, art, and sand therapy; and brain-based therapies, including Brainspotting.
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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Caroline Freedenberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I am a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Many women and partners/fathers feel sad, anxious, stressed, and struggle to find joy or experience barriers connecting with their pregnancy or baby. You are not alone, and it is not your fault. Think of me as an ally in your corner, a mirror for your strengths, and a strategist walking alongside you during this time. I am passionate about working with women and parents experiencing perinatal anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and obsessive-compulsive disorders during or following a pregnancy, and navigating parenthood.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
Many women and partners/fathers feel sad, anxious, stressed, and struggle to find joy or experience barriers connecting with their pregnancy or baby. You are not alone, and it is not your fault. Think of me as an ally in your corner, a mirror for your strengths, and a strategist walking alongside you during this time. I am passionate about working with women and parents experiencing perinatal anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and obsessive-compulsive disorders during or following a pregnancy, and navigating parenthood.
(202) 759-5869 View (202) 759-5869
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Dr. Sadaf Lotfalian
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20017  (Online Only)
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.
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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Photo of Ean Lischin-Smith, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Washington, DC
Ean Lischin-Smith
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
I have over fifteen years of psychotherapy experience working with individuals, couples and families utilizing a combination of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Psychodynamic and Relational techniques among other modalities.
My approach to therapy is compassionate, collaborative, holistic and individualized, meeting you where you are. I am passionate about the process of therapy and will help you to develop insight, identify and reach your goals and enhance wellness. I specialize in treating couples and individuals coping with mental health and relationship concerns. My aim is to engage in collaboration to illuminate, foster insight and clarify what is within as well as the path ahead.
I have over fifteen years of psychotherapy experience working with individuals, couples and families utilizing a combination of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Psychodynamic and Relational techniques among other modalities.
My approach to therapy is compassionate, collaborative, holistic and individualized, meeting you where you are. I am passionate about the process of therapy and will help you to develop insight, identify and reach your goals and enhance wellness. I specialize in treating couples and individuals coping with mental health and relationship concerns. My aim is to engage in collaboration to illuminate, foster insight and clarify what is within as well as the path ahead.
(202) 960-4579 View (202) 960-4579
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Susannah Herrada
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Waitlist for new clients
My academic training includes advanced trauma-informed approaches and I lean into DBT, CBT, and IFS.
Whether you're looking to get unstuck, make meaning of the past, or find a way forward, it's easier with someone walking alongside you. We can keep it super practical and forward-focused with creative problem-solving, go deep to examine the past, or do a little of both. However you'd like to approach this space, we can find strategies to leverage your strengths and find more balance.
My academic training includes advanced trauma-informed approaches and I lean into DBT, CBT, and IFS.
Whether you're looking to get unstuck, make meaning of the past, or find a way forward, it's easier with someone walking alongside you. We can keep it super practical and forward-focused with creative problem-solving, go deep to examine the past, or do a little of both. However you'd like to approach this space, we can find strategies to leverage your strengths and find more balance.
(202) 804-0223 View (202) 804-0223
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Stephanie Musa
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I use a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to treatment, integrating evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I specialize in working with young adults and adults struggling with depression, mood, anxiety, who are overwhelmed with the stressors that life can naturally bring as it relates to work, college or graduate school, moving, making new friends, family, identity, relationships, life transitions, and adjustment concerns. I'm also passionate about working with caregivers and family members who may be seeking support in navigating the emotional challenges of caring for an individual with serious mental illness, including burnout, caregiver fatigue, depression, anxiety, guilt, and feelings of stress and overwhelm.
I use a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to treatment, integrating evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I specialize in working with young adults and adults struggling with depression, mood, anxiety, who are overwhelmed with the stressors that life can naturally bring as it relates to work, college or graduate school, moving, making new friends, family, identity, relationships, life transitions, and adjustment concerns. I'm also passionate about working with caregivers and family members who may be seeking support in navigating the emotional challenges of caring for an individual with serious mental illness, including burnout, caregiver fatigue, depression, anxiety, guilt, and feelings of stress and overwhelm.
(202) 517-6934 View (202) 517-6934
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Zoé R Fiske
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
Dr. Zoé Fiske is a licensed psychologist with experience providing therapy and forensic assessment services to adolescents and adults. Dr. Fiske has training in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy and works with individuals with a range of presenting problems. Dr. Fiske also conducts adult forensic assessments in a variety of areas including competency to stand trial, insanity, mitigation, parenting capacity, and psychosexual evaluations. Dr. Fiske is licensed in DC and Indiana and also has her PSYPACT certification allowing her to provide telehealth services in most states.
Dr. Zoé Fiske is a licensed psychologist with experience providing therapy and forensic assessment services to adolescents and adults. Dr. Fiske has training in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy and works with individuals with a range of presenting problems. Dr. Fiske also conducts adult forensic assessments in a variety of areas including competency to stand trial, insanity, mitigation, parenting capacity, and psychosexual evaluations. Dr. Fiske is licensed in DC and Indiana and also has her PSYPACT certification allowing her to provide telehealth services in most states.
(202) 931-0542 x07 View (202) 931-0542 x07
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Aisha Marie Martin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20008
I am also trained in DBT, CBT, Grief and Trauma Interventions and Solution Focused Therapies.
I believe everyone has the ability to learn new ways to cope and view their personal situation differently. Therapy is a place where you can access your most authentic self and allow the therapeutic process to guide healing. Through creating a safe, comfortable and trusting environment clients will be able to share honestly and receive genuine feedback. My approach is supportive and client centered. You are the expert of your past and together we will explore patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to establish improved ways of being and building relationships with others to help shape your future.
I am also trained in DBT, CBT, Grief and Trauma Interventions and Solution Focused Therapies.
I believe everyone has the ability to learn new ways to cope and view their personal situation differently. Therapy is a place where you can access your most authentic self and allow the therapeutic process to guide healing. Through creating a safe, comfortable and trusting environment clients will be able to share honestly and receive genuine feedback. My approach is supportive and client centered. You are the expert of your past and together we will explore patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors to establish improved ways of being and building relationships with others to help shape your future.
(301) 298-2537 View (301) 298-2537
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Mary Hope Blase
MS, APRN, CNS
Not Verified Not Verified
Washington, DC 20037
Treatment goals are met utilizing evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Welcome! I am an adult psychotherapist, licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). These credentials, coupled with nearly 30 years of related experience, allow me to address clients' needs holistically in individual, couples and group psychotherapy. Many individuals struggle with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, loss, addictions, and adjustment to change. My style is direct, compassionate and interactive and relies on evidenced-based practices. I am open to the LGBT community. I aim to help individuals and couples gain insight and make behavioral changes to enhance their lives.
Treatment goals are met utilizing evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Welcome! I am an adult psychotherapist, licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). These credentials, coupled with nearly 30 years of related experience, allow me to address clients' needs holistically in individual, couples and group psychotherapy. Many individuals struggle with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, loss, addictions, and adjustment to change. My style is direct, compassionate and interactive and relies on evidenced-based practices. I am open to the LGBT community. I aim to help individuals and couples gain insight and make behavioral changes to enhance their lives.
(202) 759-3991 View (202) 759-3991
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Jessica Turpin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
I am also trained in ACT, DBT, CBT, Grief and Trauma Interventions and Solution Focused Therapy.
Welcome! In my last four years of clinical practice, I have worked with a wide range of populations and presenting problems. While I do utilize evidence-based therapeutic interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in fostering lasting change, I believe that establishing a genuine, authentic, and nonjudgmental relationship between the therapist and the client is the real key to successful therapy. I will meet you where you’re at, as every individual needs something different out of therapy. I believe that by working together, we can figure out what that will look like for you.
I am also trained in ACT, DBT, CBT, Grief and Trauma Interventions and Solution Focused Therapy.
Welcome! In my last four years of clinical practice, I have worked with a wide range of populations and presenting problems. While I do utilize evidence-based therapeutic interventions that have demonstrated efficacy in fostering lasting change, I believe that establishing a genuine, authentic, and nonjudgmental relationship between the therapist and the client is the real key to successful therapy. I will meet you where you’re at, as every individual needs something different out of therapy. I believe that by working together, we can figure out what that will look like for you.
(855) 607-0185 View (855) 607-0185
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Mary Szegda
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
I draw on training in Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, EMDR, DBT and somatic/body based methods.
My practice is designed to give you the therapeutic tools and processing experiences necessary to bring balance to your nervous system. This approach can be helpful for clients who suffer the multi-systemic impacts of chronic and acute stress which can show up as anxiety disorders, PTSD and C-PTSD. People seeking support for anxiety related muscle tension, emotional dysregulation and those who identify as "highly sensitive" may also benefit. If it interests you, we can incorporate mindfulness, meditation, somatic movement, yoga based relaxation training or expressive techniques including role play into your sessions.
I draw on training in Sensory Motor Psychotherapy, EMDR, DBT and somatic/body based methods.
My practice is designed to give you the therapeutic tools and processing experiences necessary to bring balance to your nervous system. This approach can be helpful for clients who suffer the multi-systemic impacts of chronic and acute stress which can show up as anxiety disorders, PTSD and C-PTSD. People seeking support for anxiety related muscle tension, emotional dysregulation and those who identify as "highly sensitive" may also benefit. If it interests you, we can incorporate mindfulness, meditation, somatic movement, yoga based relaxation training or expressive techniques including role play into your sessions.
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Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Therapists

Who is DBT for?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is designed for people who experience extreme emotional suffering because they lack the skills of emotion regulation and distress tolerance. The basic affliction can underlie a wide range of conditions, from borderline and other personality disorders to PTSD and treatment-resistant anxiety and depression. The therapy is helpful to those whose emotional reactivity is so intense it is disruptive to everyday functioning and leads to frequent crises.

Why do people need DBT?

The ability to regulate emotions is a core psychological skill that enables people to function in life and pay attention to the world outside themselves; it is consistently associated with well-being. DBT is designed to help people learn how to manage and regulate their emotions. Originally developed to treat people with borderline personality disorder whose extreme emotional suffering led to self-harming behavior and suicide attempts, the therapy is now applied to other conditions involving emotion dysregulation, particularly when other treatments have failed.

What happens in DBT?

Individuals meet weekly with their therapist to discuss their experiences relating to moods, behavior, and skills. Using checklists they maintain, they review emotional experiences and positive practices they engage in. The diaries help individuals discern what led up to a specific problem encountered, this is followed by discussion of the consequences of their actions. In addition, individuals may meet in class-like small groups to learn skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

How long does DBT last?

Because it is intended to establish long-lasting behavioral change among those with persistent problems, DBT is designed to last six months to a year. DBT includes both weekly sessions of individual therapy and weekly skills-training sessions conducted in small groups. Studies of DBT have documented improvement within a year of treatment, particularly in controlling self-harmful behavior; nevertheless, individuals may require therapy for several years.