Matthew Burgess Leary

Psychologist, PhD

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(240) 221-5449

Matthew Burgess Leary

Psychologist, PhD


Location

Offers online therapy

Bethesda Psychological and Family Services, LLC
4809 St. Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 221-5449

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Additional Location

Matthews Psychological and Family Services, PLLC
1811 Sardis Road North
Suite 207
Charlotte, NC 28270
(240) 221-5449
Announcement icon I am seeing current and new patients online via a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform. Please contact me to set up an initial session.
Many people experience uncertainty and anxiety about consulting a therapist. I believe it shows courage to seek out psychotherapy. You may be struggling with serious emotional issues, deep personal crises, relationship distress, or a sense of distance with your child or adolescent. You may simply feel that something is "off" in your life. Many people I work with simply want to get more from their lives - more joy, more connection, more serenity and more general well-being. To help you reach your goals, I collaborate with you to create a therapy environment that is warm, safe, supportive, challenging when needed, and authentic.
I help people change through developing a greater awareness and understanding for all of themselves. You have a wider range of choices when you know your wants, needs, emotions, and relational patterns, and can listen to your own inner wisdom. I help people live more authentic and fulfilling lives.
As an experienced psychotherapist and former graduate psychology professor, I have developed a wide range of expertise in helping others. I am honored and humbled by the courage and spirit of the children, adolescents, and adults with whom I work. I feel privileged to help people come to terms with pain, face challenges, and change their lives.

Finances

  • Cost per Session: $225
Pay By: Cash, Check, Mastercard, Visa
Accepted Insurance Plans
  • NC State Health Plan
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Qualifications

  • License: Maryland / 06267
  • School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Year Graduated: 2003

Matthew Burgess Leary's Groups

Caregivers for People with Chronic Illnesses

This group is for caregivers of people suffering from Lyme disease, other tick-borne diseases, autoimmune diseases, or other chronic illness. This group is a thematic process group for caregivers to work through the range of feelings they have like loss, frustration, discouragement, uncertainty, anger, love, support, exhaustion, and others from caring for a person coping with the devastation of these illnesses. Special attention will be paid to finding a working balance between taking care of their loved one(s) and taking care of themselves.

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Chronic Lyme and Autoimmune Disease Patient Group

This group is for Lyme, tick-borne illness, dysautonomic, and autoimmune patients to support and work through issues that they experience. This group is a thematic process group to work through the changes, losses, fears, uncertainties, and discouragement that most patients experience in finding a diagnosis, seeking treatment, and coping with the devastating impact such diseases can have on their lives. In addition to supporting patients through this trying time, a goal of this therapy is to work on developing new senses of meaning, given the losses and limitations that patients often experience with these crippling diseases.

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Accepting Ourselves: Vulnerability & Authenticity

Shame underlies so many experiences of fear, anxiety, depression, helplessness, and anger. And so often, hiding our shame robs us of the capacity to meaningfully connect with ourselves and other people. Using Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection, this group will create a safe environment to help you learn more deeply about yourself in relationships, become more resilient to shame, work through painful past and current interpersonal experiences, and practice vulnerability and authenticity to lead a more fulfilling life. The group will also offer you the opportunity to connect more deeply with yourself and other people.

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Location

Bethesda Psychological and Family Services, LLC
4809 St. Elmo Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 221-5449
Offers online therapy

Nearby Areas

This location is easily accessible from:

Other Location +

Additional Location

Matthews Psychological and Family Services, PLLC
1811 Sardis Road North
Suite 207
Charlotte, NC 28270
(240) 221-5449
Specialties
  • Relationship Issues
  • Parenting
  • Trauma and PTSD
Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Illness
  • Compassion, Shame
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men's Issues
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence
Mental Health
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
Sexuality
  • Bisexual
  • Lesbian
  • Gay

Client Focus

Age
  • Elders (65+)
  • Adults
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Children (6 to 10)

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors -
  • Eclectic
  • Existential
  • Experiential
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused
Modality
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

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Professional Connections

Matthew and I have trained together since 2000 through the American Academy of Psychotherapist. He is skilled as a therapist and good person. I recommend him for individual and group therapy.
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Mrs. Elizabeth Field, LMFT, LCAS
Marriage & Family Therapist

Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020
Matthew Burgess Leary, PhD, Psychologist in Bethesda

Matthew Burgess Leary

Psychologist, PhD