Female Therapists in Washington, DC

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Eva Chiriboga
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20024  (Online Only)
Now accepting new Aetna clients! Being a human can be really hard sometimes. Maybe it’s hard because there’s an area in our lives where we struggle, like in our careers or relationships. Perhaps, we’ve experienced some painful times that we haven’t fully healed from or find ourselves engaging in problematic behaviors. Whatever our struggles, I’ve found that psychotherapy can help reduce our suffering and help connect us to the joy of being alive.
Now accepting new Aetna clients! Being a human can be really hard sometimes. Maybe it’s hard because there’s an area in our lives where we struggle, like in our careers or relationships. Perhaps, we’ve experienced some painful times that we haven’t fully healed from or find ourselves engaging in problematic behaviors. Whatever our struggles, I’ve found that psychotherapy can help reduce our suffering and help connect us to the joy of being alive.
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Karen L Hahn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20007
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
My work with adults includes those with a trauma history, depression, anxiety, grief, relational issues, somatic symptoms with no medical explanation, feeling stuck or sensing that something is just “not right”, as well as healthcare providers & other first responders who have experienced increased stress during the COVID crisis. My experience with children includes those with a trauma history, adoption, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, divorce, school refusal, low self-esteem, difficult peer & family relationships, immigration, & cross-cultural adjustments.
(571) 487-7202 View (571) 487-7202
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Stacey Lenkin Saltzman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, MA
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
My goal is to help clients address and to cope with the complex challenges they face in their lives. These challenges include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, loss of a loved one, relationship problems, self esteem issues, trauma and abuse. I work efficiently and effectively to help motivated clients identify and understand what are often unconscious defenses to experiencing feelings.
My goal is to help clients address and to cope with the complex challenges they face in their lives. These challenges include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, loss of a loved one, relationship problems, self esteem issues, trauma and abuse. I work efficiently and effectively to help motivated clients identify and understand what are often unconscious defenses to experiencing feelings.
(240) 339-6121 View (240) 339-6121
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Lynn Hamerling
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
Are you suffering from low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, shame or perhaps even self-loathing? These feelings can make it extremely difficult to seek the very treatment which might offer relief and change. It can feel risky and sometimes exquisitely shameful to reveal oneself to a another person. I can help reduce your shame and make the therapeutic process more bearable and productive. Together we will look honestly and fully at your conflicts, strengths, relationships and experiences - in a manner that is gentle, yet steadfast; warm, yet serious; and attentive to you in all your individual complexity.
Are you suffering from low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy, shame or perhaps even self-loathing? These feelings can make it extremely difficult to seek the very treatment which might offer relief and change. It can feel risky and sometimes exquisitely shameful to reveal oneself to a another person. I can help reduce your shame and make the therapeutic process more bearable and productive. Together we will look honestly and fully at your conflicts, strengths, relationships and experiences - in a manner that is gentle, yet steadfast; warm, yet serious; and attentive to you in all your individual complexity.
(202) 722-1507 View (202) 722-1507
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Lauren Zazzarino
Counselor, MS, LGPC, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20002
As a counselor, I have worked with clients of various age, gender, and background in the community mental health setting. I have helped clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and substance abuse.
As a counselor, I have worked with clients of various age, gender, and background in the community mental health setting. I have helped clients with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and substance abuse.
(202) 838-5457 View (202) 838-5457
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Lisa Sherper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
My primary focus is on helping couples and individuals with sexual issues. In working with couples, I find dissatisfaction with partnered sex is often linked to deeper relationship difficulties and the two can be intertwined. In other instances, the therapeutic focus is primarily on enhancing technique and increasing desire rather than improving the relationship. I also work individually with women to eliminate barriers to sexual wellness and increase acceptance. I enjoy working with gay, lesbian, and heterosexual clients and have respect for sexual fluidity and variance in erotic interest.
My primary focus is on helping couples and individuals with sexual issues. In working with couples, I find dissatisfaction with partnered sex is often linked to deeper relationship difficulties and the two can be intertwined. In other instances, the therapeutic focus is primarily on enhancing technique and increasing desire rather than improving the relationship. I also work individually with women to eliminate barriers to sexual wellness and increase acceptance. I enjoy working with gay, lesbian, and heterosexual clients and have respect for sexual fluidity and variance in erotic interest.
(240) 650-8566 View (240) 650-8566
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Bridget L Burke
Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
A psychotherapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, I received my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University. Prior to becoming a therapist I lived and worked in various countries in West Africa, Haiti, and the Middle East and bring a unique cross-cultural lens to my work. My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, people-pleasing, codependency, trauma, adult children of alcoholics, career issues, dating/relationship struggles, life transitions, and cultural identity development.
A psychotherapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, I received my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University. Prior to becoming a therapist I lived and worked in various countries in West Africa, Haiti, and the Middle East and bring a unique cross-cultural lens to my work. My specialty areas include anxiety, depression, people-pleasing, codependency, trauma, adult children of alcoholics, career issues, dating/relationship struggles, life transitions, and cultural identity development.
(202) 980-1420 View (202) 980-1420
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Naomi Nim
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, MS, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
My work is grounded in the centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the knowledge that the mind and body are interconnected, and thus home to our emotions and our history, as well as a source of healing and growth. I will work with you to gain self-understanding, self-acceptance and self-esteem, healing from trauma, anxiety, or depression, and to strengthen your resources using a somatic, relational, and expressive approach. My work is informed by multicultural and community-based professional and academic experiences in the US and abroad.
My work is grounded in the centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the knowledge that the mind and body are interconnected, and thus home to our emotions and our history, as well as a source of healing and growth. I will work with you to gain self-understanding, self-acceptance and self-esteem, healing from trauma, anxiety, or depression, and to strengthen your resources using a somatic, relational, and expressive approach. My work is informed by multicultural and community-based professional and academic experiences in the US and abroad.
(301) 684-5016 View (301) 684-5016
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Sarafina Tabrum
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009  (Online Only)
Currently accepting new clients, evening and weekend availability - Therapy offers a dedicated time for you to pause, see yourself, and remove some of the old layers of protection that no longer serve. Anxiety, depression, and relationship issues make it hard to see clearly and take the next step. It takes a lot of courage to say “I don’t want to live this way,” and get help to make a change. As your therapist, my goal is to help you create the life that you want to live by identifying areas of growth and building skills to solve the challenges that get in the way. I believe that change is possible and therapy can help.
Currently accepting new clients, evening and weekend availability - Therapy offers a dedicated time for you to pause, see yourself, and remove some of the old layers of protection that no longer serve. Anxiety, depression, and relationship issues make it hard to see clearly and take the next step. It takes a lot of courage to say “I don’t want to live this way,” and get help to make a change. As your therapist, my goal is to help you create the life that you want to live by identifying areas of growth and building skills to solve the challenges that get in the way. I believe that change is possible and therapy can help.
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Katherine Jones
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Waitlist for new clients
Welcome to my practice! Seeking professional support is a courageous step. Life often poses many challenges, which can be difficult to navigate alone. Through empathic, genuine, and non-judgmental support, I help clients understand how past and current experiences impact their lives and relationships. I work collaboratively, creatively, and from a consent-based and anti-racist framework to build awareness, confidence, and a sense of empowerment to make changes that lead to more satisfying and fulfilling lives. My aim is to help clients reduce suffering, develop more adaptive resources, and facilitate growth, healing, and resilience.
Welcome to my practice! Seeking professional support is a courageous step. Life often poses many challenges, which can be difficult to navigate alone. Through empathic, genuine, and non-judgmental support, I help clients understand how past and current experiences impact their lives and relationships. I work collaboratively, creatively, and from a consent-based and anti-racist framework to build awareness, confidence, and a sense of empowerment to make changes that lead to more satisfying and fulfilling lives. My aim is to help clients reduce suffering, develop more adaptive resources, and facilitate growth, healing, and resilience.
(202) 335-4436 View (202) 335-4436
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Dr. Shondolyn Sanders
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
Have you been considering seeking help from a mental health professional? Or maybe you’ve decided to give therapy another try. The foundation of an effective therapeutic relationship begins with finding a therapist with whom you have a good fit and connection. I will meet you with compassion and empathy, while also guiding you towards self-exploration and increased awareness. I believe that we navigate life and view the world through a lens influenced by our society and culture. I will support you in your process of becoming more of the person you want to be and help you commit to actions that align with your desired goals.
Have you been considering seeking help from a mental health professional? Or maybe you’ve decided to give therapy another try. The foundation of an effective therapeutic relationship begins with finding a therapist with whom you have a good fit and connection. I will meet you with compassion and empathy, while also guiding you towards self-exploration and increased awareness. I believe that we navigate life and view the world through a lens influenced by our society and culture. I will support you in your process of becoming more of the person you want to be and help you commit to actions that align with your desired goals.
(844) 775-0048 x7 View (844) 775-0048 x7
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Dana Kippen
Counselor, LGPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
While beginning therapy with someone new can feel nerve-wracking, seeking out mental health care is a testament to your strength and courage. In session, we'll create a safe space of trust and empathy, and be able to figure out what best suits you in our work together. We'll dive deeper into your experiences in order to create meaning and understanding. We will work to uncover the root causes of your presenting concerns, becoming curious about the patterns in your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions to foster insight.
While beginning therapy with someone new can feel nerve-wracking, seeking out mental health care is a testament to your strength and courage. In session, we'll create a safe space of trust and empathy, and be able to figure out what best suits you in our work together. We'll dive deeper into your experiences in order to create meaning and understanding. We will work to uncover the root causes of your presenting concerns, becoming curious about the patterns in your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions to foster insight.
(202) 946-8422 View (202) 946-8422
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Christine Greer O'Connor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20005  (Online Only)
Are you in your twenties or thirties and feeling lost in life? While the many changes that occur during young adulthood like graduation, new jobs, and dating can be exciting, they can also feel completely overwhelming. If you're struggling with some of these changes, you may be experiencing a quarterlife crisis. You are not alone, and we are here to help! Our therapists and career coaches at the Quarterlife Center specialize in helping young adults survive their quarterlife crisis and thrive in their lives. We are culturally competent, BIPOC allies, and LGBTQIA affirmative. All are welcome. To learn more: www.quarterlifecenter.com.
Are you in your twenties or thirties and feeling lost in life? While the many changes that occur during young adulthood like graduation, new jobs, and dating can be exciting, they can also feel completely overwhelming. If you're struggling with some of these changes, you may be experiencing a quarterlife crisis. You are not alone, and we are here to help! Our therapists and career coaches at the Quarterlife Center specialize in helping young adults survive their quarterlife crisis and thrive in their lives. We are culturally competent, BIPOC allies, and LGBTQIA affirmative. All are welcome. To learn more: www.quarterlifecenter.com.
(202) 858-0177 View (202) 858-0177
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Beneath the Surface Therapy
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LPC, LCPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20052  (Online Only)
Accepting DC and MD clients for telehealth. Are you often seen as the one who has it all together, making it hard to find the support you need? Inspired by my experiences and those of my loved ones, my clinical focus centers on supporting millennial high-achieving and high-performing BIPOC women and young professionals to achieve balance and wellness. I specialize in addressing "high-functioning" anxiety and depression, life transitions, self-discovery and identity journeys, work-life balance, and relational concerns. By providing a safe space to embrace vulnerability, my clients can uncover hidden wounds, heal, and thrive!
Accepting DC and MD clients for telehealth. Are you often seen as the one who has it all together, making it hard to find the support you need? Inspired by my experiences and those of my loved ones, my clinical focus centers on supporting millennial high-achieving and high-performing BIPOC women and young professionals to achieve balance and wellness. I specialize in addressing "high-functioning" anxiety and depression, life transitions, self-discovery and identity journeys, work-life balance, and relational concerns. By providing a safe space to embrace vulnerability, my clients can uncover hidden wounds, heal, and thrive!
(301) 450-8250 View (301) 450-8250
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Keltie Hawkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in the treatment of unresolved trauma and difficult life experiences. But I also believe therapy is a comfortable space to get to know yourself better—and a vehicle for hope, whether you are in acute crisis, or simply feeling stuck. Through an integrative approach, I help you identify patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may have begun early in life and continue to affect your relationships or your work.
I specialize in the treatment of unresolved trauma and difficult life experiences. But I also believe therapy is a comfortable space to get to know yourself better—and a vehicle for hope, whether you are in acute crisis, or simply feeling stuck. Through an integrative approach, I help you identify patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may have begun early in life and continue to affect your relationships or your work.
(202) 918-4218 View (202) 918-4218
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Joanna Chakerian
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20007
I work with adults 18 and older on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, trauma, perinatal health, and grief/loss. My therapeutic approach is primarily psychodynamic, while incorporating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness modalities. Therapy is a collaborative relationship, and I believe in creating a warm, non-judgmental and engaging environment to understand clients’ unique goals, strengths, and challenges. I consider it a privilege to help my clients walk through the ups and downs of their daily lives, and grow and thrive in the long term.
I work with adults 18 and older on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, trauma, perinatal health, and grief/loss. My therapeutic approach is primarily psychodynamic, while incorporating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness modalities. Therapy is a collaborative relationship, and I believe in creating a warm, non-judgmental and engaging environment to understand clients’ unique goals, strengths, and challenges. I consider it a privilege to help my clients walk through the ups and downs of their daily lives, and grow and thrive in the long term.
(301) 396-7768 View (301) 396-7768
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Angela M Snyder
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Often when people come to see me, they have been experiencing the pain and challenges of life much more than the pleasure, and they desire to feel better and enjoy life more fully. I have worked with men and women who experience this pain in many forms, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, grief, or the aftermath of trauma. In addition, I am very interested in working with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. I have worked extensively with immigrants, first generation citizens, international students and professionals, and people who identify as multicultural or a person of color.
Often when people come to see me, they have been experiencing the pain and challenges of life much more than the pleasure, and they desire to feel better and enjoy life more fully. I have worked with men and women who experience this pain in many forms, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, grief, or the aftermath of trauma. In addition, I am very interested in working with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. I have worked extensively with immigrants, first generation citizens, international students and professionals, and people who identify as multicultural or a person of color.
(202) 681-3923 View (202) 681-3923
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Alexandra Savela
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20011  (Online Only)
I'm a counseling psychologist, trained as a researcher and therapist, with a passion for life-long learning. I view counseling as a creative process where we work collaboratively to uncover the root causes of what’s getting you stuck. In tandem, we work to discover what brings you a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. I specialize in working with adults who are interested in self-growth and identity development, in addition to finding relief from symptoms. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, stress/burnout, career development, and building self-esteem & self-compassion.
I'm a counseling psychologist, trained as a researcher and therapist, with a passion for life-long learning. I view counseling as a creative process where we work collaboratively to uncover the root causes of what’s getting you stuck. In tandem, we work to discover what brings you a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. I specialize in working with adults who are interested in self-growth and identity development, in addition to finding relief from symptoms. I have extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, stress/burnout, career development, and building self-esteem & self-compassion.
(202) 883-3254 View (202) 883-3254
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Charrise Hipol, Psy.D., PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Greetings! There are circumstances in life that can lead people to feel anxious, depressed, stuck, or otherwise emotionally troubled. You may find yourself in patterns of unhealthy behaviors, thoughts or relationships that you can't seem to change.
Greetings! There are circumstances in life that can lead people to feel anxious, depressed, stuck, or otherwise emotionally troubled. You may find yourself in patterns of unhealthy behaviors, thoughts or relationships that you can't seem to change.
(720) 907-1063 View (720) 907-1063
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Janine Donnelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20018
While starting therapy may seem daunting, I offer a warm, nonjudgmental space in which I help my clients rediscover clarity and joy. I use compassion and humor to help clients move through pain and worry, and become more fully present in their lives, relationships, and community. I strive to meet my clients with empathy and authenticity, backed up by over twenty-five years of experience and a commitment to research-based methods. Being trained as a social worker means that I strive to understand the complex web of personal, relational, and systemic challenges that can impact clients' well-being.
While starting therapy may seem daunting, I offer a warm, nonjudgmental space in which I help my clients rediscover clarity and joy. I use compassion and humor to help clients move through pain and worry, and become more fully present in their lives, relationships, and community. I strive to meet my clients with empathy and authenticity, backed up by over twenty-five years of experience and a commitment to research-based methods. Being trained as a social worker means that I strive to understand the complex web of personal, relational, and systemic challenges that can impact clients' well-being.
(240) 232-2738 View (240) 232-2738
Female Therapists

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.