Family Therapy in Washington, DC

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Julia Han
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20006
Welcome to my site. Finding the right therapist can be daunting, so let me give you a sense of how I work. Most appreciate how engaged & active I am, We will explore not only the reasons for your difficulties, BUT more importantly, how stress affects your body; how you internalize thoughts of self & others. Thoughts lead to-> Beliefs -> Habits; automatic responses. I will give you tools to help with difficult emotions. I specialize in: 1) postpartum, 2) trauma/grief, 3) non-traditional family formation, 4) adoption, 5) ThirdCultureKid, 6) LGBTQ. I am open to explore non-traditional methods to assist you in the healing process.
Welcome to my site. Finding the right therapist can be daunting, so let me give you a sense of how I work. Most appreciate how engaged & active I am, We will explore not only the reasons for your difficulties, BUT more importantly, how stress affects your body; how you internalize thoughts of self & others. Thoughts lead to-> Beliefs -> Habits; automatic responses. I will give you tools to help with difficult emotions. I specialize in: 1) postpartum, 2) trauma/grief, 3) non-traditional family formation, 4) adoption, 5) ThirdCultureKid, 6) LGBTQ. I am open to explore non-traditional methods to assist you in the healing process.
(202) 643-2966 View (202) 643-2966
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Katherine Simonetti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW, JD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Are you dealing with anxiety, depression, family or relationship issues? Together, we can understand the roots of your difficulties, build new coping skills and help you lead a more authentic and fulfilled life. My style of therapy is like my personality: compassionate, non-judgmental and direct. I use a combination of evidence-based techniques to help reduce anxiety and depression, improve relationships, and help you live your best life.
Are you dealing with anxiety, depression, family or relationship issues? Together, we can understand the roots of your difficulties, build new coping skills and help you lead a more authentic and fulfilled life. My style of therapy is like my personality: compassionate, non-judgmental and direct. I use a combination of evidence-based techniques to help reduce anxiety and depression, improve relationships, and help you live your best life.
(724) 780-5101 View (724) 780-5101
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Joshua DeSilva
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
Hello! Thank you for visiting my page and for considering me for your mental health needs. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in DC and Virginia. Antiracist and identity-affirming practice is very important to me. I help clients navigate mood-related concerns (e.g., anxiety and depression), relationship issues, identity conflicts, and family of origin issues, among others. Seeking out mental health services requires courage and a desire to change. I try to honor this courage by working hard to be present, warm, and responsive every time we meet. Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) informs my work.
Hello! Thank you for visiting my page and for considering me for your mental health needs. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in DC and Virginia. Antiracist and identity-affirming practice is very important to me. I help clients navigate mood-related concerns (e.g., anxiety and depression), relationship issues, identity conflicts, and family of origin issues, among others. Seeking out mental health services requires courage and a desire to change. I try to honor this courage by working hard to be present, warm, and responsive every time we meet. Accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP) informs my work.
(202) 953-3512 View (202) 953-3512
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Damian McBeth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LMHP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
I specialize in crisis response, family therapy, play therapy, and adult psychotherapy.
Results-oriented, compassionate and "Relentless work ethic" are words patients have described me. I take a "whatever it takes empathic attitude" serving patients suffering from depression, psychosis, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and family dysfunction. I spent my most of my career practicing in DC's Ward 7 and Ward 8 servicing DC's most vulnerable lower income populations. I have experience with The Department of Behavior Health as a crisis supervisor, ACT clinical supervisor and a Child/Adult psychotherapist.
I specialize in crisis response, family therapy, play therapy, and adult psychotherapy.
Results-oriented, compassionate and "Relentless work ethic" are words patients have described me. I take a "whatever it takes empathic attitude" serving patients suffering from depression, psychosis, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and family dysfunction. I spent my most of my career practicing in DC's Ward 7 and Ward 8 servicing DC's most vulnerable lower income populations. I have experience with The Department of Behavior Health as a crisis supervisor, ACT clinical supervisor and a Child/Adult psychotherapist.
(202) 972-7938 View (202) 972-7938
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Delshawna Dixon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, family/relationship issues, or normal life transitions, therapy is the right first step.
Greetings! I am Delshawna, a therapist at Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services, a practice that embraces diversity and offers therapeutic services in multiple languages. Our team of clinicians is equipped with a range of therapeutic modalities to empower individuals of all ages, from children to adults. Based in Washington DC, I am a seasoned clinical social worker with 7 years of experience in the field. My focus is on serving youth ages 17-24 and adults, utilizing person-centered, solution-focused, and strengths-based therapy approaches to help my clients thrive.
If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, family/relationship issues, or normal life transitions, therapy is the right first step.
Greetings! I am Delshawna, a therapist at Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services, a practice that embraces diversity and offers therapeutic services in multiple languages. Our team of clinicians is equipped with a range of therapeutic modalities to empower individuals of all ages, from children to adults. Based in Washington DC, I am a seasoned clinical social worker with 7 years of experience in the field. My focus is on serving youth ages 17-24 and adults, utilizing person-centered, solution-focused, and strengths-based therapy approaches to help my clients thrive.
(855) 686-0506 View (855) 686-0506
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Laelia Gilborn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MPH
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003
I also work with children and adolescents to address emotional, social and behavioral issues, as well as family crises like separation/divorce, illness, and grief.
Adult clients come to me when feeling stuck, anxious or depressed. Others are coping with trauma, loss, relationship issues, parenting struggles, or a major life change. Using a variety of approaches, I help clients gain insight and self-acceptance, to navigate life transitions from a position of strength, to grow in relationships, and to make meaning from loss. Therapy is a wonderful form of self-care. Whether you are in crisis or just feeling stuck, I strive to be an honest, accepting, and active partner in your journey to greater fulfillment.
I also work with children and adolescents to address emotional, social and behavioral issues, as well as family crises like separation/divorce, illness, and grief.
Adult clients come to me when feeling stuck, anxious or depressed. Others are coping with trauma, loss, relationship issues, parenting struggles, or a major life change. Using a variety of approaches, I help clients gain insight and self-acceptance, to navigate life transitions from a position of strength, to grow in relationships, and to make meaning from loss. Therapy is a wonderful form of self-care. Whether you are in crisis or just feeling stuck, I strive to be an honest, accepting, and active partner in your journey to greater fulfillment.
(202) 998-4757 View (202) 998-4757
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Maggie Carroll
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Whether your family is dealing with anxiety, grief, or simply neurodivergence in a not-very-accommodating world, I feel confident that we can get to a happier, healthier future, together.
I'm a therapist committed to serving queer and trans youth, and all young people, with respect, compassion, and attentiveness. I specialize in helping kids with self-regulation, anxiety management, and processing grief and trauma. I work to build collaborative relationships with kids and their parents to create a safe(r) space where kids can get the support they need. In therapy, they will learn new skills and work on changing patterns that no longer work for them.
Whether your family is dealing with anxiety, grief, or simply neurodivergence in a not-very-accommodating world, I feel confident that we can get to a happier, healthier future, together.
I'm a therapist committed to serving queer and trans youth, and all young people, with respect, compassion, and attentiveness. I specialize in helping kids with self-regulation, anxiety management, and processing grief and trauma. I work to build collaborative relationships with kids and their parents to create a safe(r) space where kids can get the support they need. In therapy, they will learn new skills and work on changing patterns that no longer work for them.
(855) 673-1259 View (855) 673-1259
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Dr. Martha Gross
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
I have been in private practice for 45 years and specialize in sexual dysfunction,step family issues and major life transitions.
Navigating life's stresses, dealing with relationship disappointments and regaining self confidence and hope are issues that we can confront together. I will help you become aware of your harmful patterns of behavior and replace them with new healthier ones. Through awareness learned in therapy, you will develop a new sense of comfort and satisfaction with your life.
I have been in private practice for 45 years and specialize in sexual dysfunction,step family issues and major life transitions.
Navigating life's stresses, dealing with relationship disappointments and regaining self confidence and hope are issues that we can confront together. I will help you become aware of your harmful patterns of behavior and replace them with new healthier ones. Through awareness learned in therapy, you will develop a new sense of comfort and satisfaction with your life.
(202) 390-7162 View (202) 390-7162
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Aubrey A Rainbow
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, LCPAT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016  (Online Only)
You’re here because something’s not working. Whether it’s a specific event or just life piling up, I can help. Therapy with me blends visual arts with Internal Family Systems (Level 1 trained) parts work to explore your strengths and your stuck spots. You might find my approach beneficial if you relate to any of the following: you see yourself as an overachiever or perfectionist, find it hard to set boundaries, spend a lot of time in your head, struggle to sit with intense emotions, feel lonely despite being surrounded by people, have faced loss or trauma, or want to take up more space in your own life.
You’re here because something’s not working. Whether it’s a specific event or just life piling up, I can help. Therapy with me blends visual arts with Internal Family Systems (Level 1 trained) parts work to explore your strengths and your stuck spots. You might find my approach beneficial if you relate to any of the following: you see yourself as an overachiever or perfectionist, find it hard to set boundaries, spend a lot of time in your head, struggle to sit with intense emotions, feel lonely despite being surrounded by people, have faced loss or trauma, or want to take up more space in your own life.
(202) 851-8281 View (202) 851-8281
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Sharon Schonteich
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006
I specialize in college students through mature adults, with a particular emphasis on navigating life transitions or complex roles as individuals, partners, employees and family members.
I help clients who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or depleted to make sense of their struggles and create an actionable, accessible plan for change. My approach combines tactical skill building with broader insight, helping you to develop more clearly defined personal goals and boundaries, and an increased sense of personal agency and self acceptance. I strive for clients to feel seen, heard and supported as we build towards a greater sense of wellbeing, balance and more satisfying relationships.
I specialize in college students through mature adults, with a particular emphasis on navigating life transitions or complex roles as individuals, partners, employees and family members.
I help clients who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed or depleted to make sense of their struggles and create an actionable, accessible plan for change. My approach combines tactical skill building with broader insight, helping you to develop more clearly defined personal goals and boundaries, and an increased sense of personal agency and self acceptance. I strive for clients to feel seen, heard and supported as we build towards a greater sense of wellbeing, balance and more satisfying relationships.
(202) 519-1719 View (202) 519-1719
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Maura Healy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
Through the lens of Internal Family Systems (IFS), I help clients to explore and understand all parts of themselves.
I believe people are fundamentally resilient. Our histories and life experiences shape us, change us and require us to adapt. But in the face of a global pandemic, rising sociopolitical tensions, climate anxiety and financial uncertainty, even the healthiest among us can struggle to cope.
Through the lens of Internal Family Systems (IFS), I help clients to explore and understand all parts of themselves.
I believe people are fundamentally resilient. Our histories and life experiences shape us, change us and require us to adapt. But in the face of a global pandemic, rising sociopolitical tensions, climate anxiety and financial uncertainty, even the healthiest among us can struggle to cope.
(202) 600-9046 View (202) 600-9046
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Alec Spergel
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20003
I grew up in a family where mental health was very important.
I work with children, young adults, and adults facing a wide range of mental health issues.
I grew up in a family where mental health was very important.
I work with children, young adults, and adults facing a wide range of mental health issues.
(202) 935-7287 View (202) 935-7287
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Madelaine Claire Weiss
LICSW, MBA, BCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20037  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a Harvard trained practitioner and Board Certified Coach with > 30 years experience helping people find success and satisfaction in work and life. Together we will define where you want to go in your life & how you will get there - with special emphasis on what's in the way. You may work on one or more parts of your life. Since 'You are You' wherever you may go, you may find that gains you make in one part of your life significantly improve other parts too. You will decide which part(s) of your life you want to work on. These may include: Work, Play, Family, Friends, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Money, Romance...
Hello, I am a Harvard trained practitioner and Board Certified Coach with > 30 years experience helping people find success and satisfaction in work and life. Together we will define where you want to go in your life & how you will get there - with special emphasis on what's in the way. You may work on one or more parts of your life. Since 'You are You' wherever you may go, you may find that gains you make in one part of your life significantly improve other parts too. You will decide which part(s) of your life you want to work on. These may include: Work, Play, Family, Friends, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Money, Romance...
(202) 499-4550 View (202) 499-4550
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Rula Garside
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I provide psychotherapy to adults and adolescents addressing a broad range of concerns, including depression and anxiety; relationship issues; identity concerns; family issues; and life transitions.
We all experience challenging times when we don’t feel like ourselves. We may feel stuck, lost, or experience the same unsatisfying relationships. Engaging in therapy, with the right therapist, can help. Within a supportive and collaborative relationship, I actively work with my clients to better understand themselves and their relationships; to acquire healthy coping strategies; and to achieve an enhanced sense of well-being. I am flexible, tailoring the therapy according to the needs of each client. I bring an integrative approach to psychotherapy that includes insight-oriented work, practical interventions, and cognitive/behavioral techniques, all within a nurturing relationship.
I provide psychotherapy to adults and adolescents addressing a broad range of concerns, including depression and anxiety; relationship issues; identity concerns; family issues; and life transitions.
We all experience challenging times when we don’t feel like ourselves. We may feel stuck, lost, or experience the same unsatisfying relationships. Engaging in therapy, with the right therapist, can help. Within a supportive and collaborative relationship, I actively work with my clients to better understand themselves and their relationships; to acquire healthy coping strategies; and to achieve an enhanced sense of well-being. I am flexible, tailoring the therapy according to the needs of each client. I bring an integrative approach to psychotherapy that includes insight-oriented work, practical interventions, and cognitive/behavioral techniques, all within a nurturing relationship.
(202) 930-0543 View (202) 930-0543
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Kate L Stewart
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Waitlist for new clients
In our meetings, I pay attention to intersecting identities and social and family environments to help us both understand your challenging experiences.
I value working with individuals from many different backgrounds, including folx from queer and trans communities, POC, and both college students and working adults. I’m a strong advocate for gender affirming health care. A significant focus of my work involves helping my clients to deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationships.
In our meetings, I pay attention to intersecting identities and social and family environments to help us both understand your challenging experiences.
I value working with individuals from many different backgrounds, including folx from queer and trans communities, POC, and both college students and working adults. I’m a strong advocate for gender affirming health care. A significant focus of my work involves helping my clients to deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationships.
(202) 933-5634 View (202) 933-5634
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Lisa S Oakley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers.
I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers.
(202) 759-3472 View (202) 759-3472
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Larissa Godfrey-Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002
Located in Union Market, Washington, DC, I specialize in gender and queer topics. The clients I enjoy working with the most are teens, adults, couples, and families with identities that are often seen as outside of the “typical”: transgender and gender-expansive, queer, blended families, and formerly religious. They are seeking a safe space to process challenges, practice acceptance, gain strength, and secure support, without having to explain their identity, family dynamic, or risk be criticized because of it.
Located in Union Market, Washington, DC, I specialize in gender and queer topics. The clients I enjoy working with the most are teens, adults, couples, and families with identities that are often seen as outside of the “typical”: transgender and gender-expansive, queer, blended families, and formerly religious. They are seeking a safe space to process challenges, practice acceptance, gain strength, and secure support, without having to explain their identity, family dynamic, or risk be criticized because of it.
(202) 301-4605 View (202) 301-4605
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Deirdre Gaughan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20017
My clinical interests include working with anxiety and mood disorders, trauma recovery, identity development, spirituality and family of origin concerns.
Each person has a unique story. I find exploring and understanding the layers of each person I encounter to be deeply meaningful and gratifying work. As a therapist, I take an approach of empathic curiosity in order to help you move towards the change you are looking for. I believe that therapy is most effective in a nonjudgmental and trusting environment. I consider my approach to be collaborative, helping you to pinpoint what in your life you are looking to change. I offer a space to process your experience and deeper emotions, gain insight into your relationships, and address patterns in order to better understand yourself.
My clinical interests include working with anxiety and mood disorders, trauma recovery, identity development, spirituality and family of origin concerns.
Each person has a unique story. I find exploring and understanding the layers of each person I encounter to be deeply meaningful and gratifying work. As a therapist, I take an approach of empathic curiosity in order to help you move towards the change you are looking for. I believe that therapy is most effective in a nonjudgmental and trusting environment. I consider my approach to be collaborative, helping you to pinpoint what in your life you are looking to change. I offer a space to process your experience and deeper emotions, gain insight into your relationships, and address patterns in order to better understand yourself.
(202) 915-3022 View (202) 915-3022
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Chanda R Reynolds
Psychologist, PsyD, MS, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20003  (Online Only)
Is your Child or Teen having problems with anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues? Is your family having significant parent-child conflict? I want to help you & your family achieve a healthier life. Adolescents and young adults have unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. During these critical periods in life, many may face peer issues, family conflict, self-esteem difficulty, parent-child conflict, and difficulty with transitions (e.g., high school to college; college to career). I have approximately 10 years of experience working with these age groups. Currently, I am also available to see young adult clients.
Is your Child or Teen having problems with anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues? Is your family having significant parent-child conflict? I want to help you & your family achieve a healthier life. Adolescents and young adults have unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate. During these critical periods in life, many may face peer issues, family conflict, self-esteem difficulty, parent-child conflict, and difficulty with transitions (e.g., high school to college; college to career). I have approximately 10 years of experience working with these age groups. Currently, I am also available to see young adult clients.
(202) 519-5765 View (202) 519-5765
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Carolyn Bell
Counselor, LPC, NCC, MA, MBA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I work with individuals- especially young adults-balancing family, career, relationships, community, and self care to improve well-being.
Are you seeking deeper attachment? I collaborate with couples and individuals to increase your inner awareness of self to share with others. I help clients process life-changing events including job growth and relocation, loss and grief, chronic health diagnoses, and adoption. I offer support for couples who want to strengthen their relationships and resolve issues preventing emotional and sexual intimacy. Where appropriate, I offer intensive therapy to bring clarity and begin the healing process of life experiences. I'm licensed in DC/MD/VA. My diverse background includes working in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Main Street.
I work with individuals- especially young adults-balancing family, career, relationships, community, and self care to improve well-being.
Are you seeking deeper attachment? I collaborate with couples and individuals to increase your inner awareness of self to share with others. I help clients process life-changing events including job growth and relocation, loss and grief, chronic health diagnoses, and adoption. I offer support for couples who want to strengthen their relationships and resolve issues preventing emotional and sexual intimacy. Where appropriate, I offer intensive therapy to bring clarity and begin the healing process of life experiences. I'm licensed in DC/MD/VA. My diverse background includes working in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Main Street.
(202) 262-9922 View (202) 262-9922

Family Therapy

What do family therapists do?

A family therapist facilitates the process of understanding and improving how a family functions. The therapist will help family members develop empathy for one another. They’ll seek to understand existing patterns, misunderstandings, and conflicts that arise, in order to help the family arrive at a realistic, unified understanding and develop the coping skills they need to build stronger relationships.

How long does therapy for families take to work?

Therapy manifests differently in every family; a common time frame is 12 weekly sessions, but some families may see improvement after just a few weeks. Families should discuss their goals with the therapist at the beginning of the process and periodically revisit those goals to assess their progress together.

How can you encourage a family member to attend family therapy?

You can encourage family members to attend therapy by expressing with both love and concern the challenges you see and explaining how a therapist could help the family navigate those challenges together. An outside perspective can help everyone feel heard, get on the same page, and develop new skills. If family members are still hesitant, it may be helpful to emphasize that family therapy is short-term—it won’t last forever.

Is therapy for families effective?

Family therapy can significantly improve family dynamics and relationships. Research suggests that family therapy can help individuals understand their role in the family, communicate and solve problems together, reduce conflict and draw boundaries when necessary, and develop coping skills for stressors, major life changes, and mental or physical illnesses within the family.