Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapists in Bethesda, MD

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Joann S Stern
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Stressed, anxious, even panicked at times? in these times, facing the unknown, at times thinking the worst, it can be difficult to attain calm and serenity. Through Talk and Mind/Body Therapies, I can help you find relief from anxiety and stress and engage in life.
(301) 685-0618
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Eileen Aveni
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW, ACSW, BCD
Verified
Verified
As a psychotherapist, I have been profoundly touched by survivors of trauma, particularly extreme trauma, ritual abuse, mind control, clergy abuse, & spiritual abuse. Unfortunately, I am no longer taking new clients. But I am available for consultations to answer your questions or guide you in getting help. I am also developing a treatment model, The Migration Model, still in the testing phase, to remove mind control for ritual abuse/DID clients. (See www.ra-free.org). I provide intensives of 6 hours per day over 2+ days in my Ann Arbor, Michigan office using this model. But you must be in therapy with a licensed therapist.
(833) 752-0492
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Virago Counseling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, CST, CCTP-II
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I believe one of the bravest things we can do is begin to understand our stories. Our minds and bodies react to trauma in a defensive way. The human mind is uniquely designed to defend against the memories of scary events, yet sometimes those defense mechanisms end up causing ongoing pain unnecessarily. Feelings of anger, shame, anxiety and depression can keep one stuck in an endless loop of suffering. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Together, we can approach your journey toward healing, empowering you to engage in your life and self-care. I have been in practice for many years and have seen the benefit of this healing
(410) 656-9353
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Lisa T Schlesinger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, psychoa, lcswc, MSW
Verified
Verified
Most people would change what is making them unhappy, if they could. I feel my job is to help you become aware of the parts of yourself that are negatively impacting you.I help you look at the patterns that are making you feel stuck. We work together to understand what prevents you from attaining a better relationship with yourself and your loved ones. I believe that all humans desire to understand and to be understood. I create an environment where you can just simply be yourself.
(301) 852-6885
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Sigrid Dildine, Bethesda Accelerated Psychotherapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, NBCCH, LICSW
Verified
Verified
"Something we were withholding made us weak until we found out it was ourselves" (Robert Frost) Working closely together we'll help you become authentically, fully ALIVE by healing your past and current emotional wounds and breaking self- destructive habits/behaviors. We'll work relentlessly to liberate you from crippling anxiety, shame, detachment, loneliness and other destructive inhibitions creating your symptoms. Clients report a feeling of HOPE and MOMENTUM even after our first session! So, if you want to enjoy passionate relationships, become emotionally alive while experiencing internal peace and fulfill your unique potential, roll up your sleeves and let's get started!
(301) 259-3680
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Bethesda, MD 20815
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Keri A Roberts
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
We all need healthy relationships and meaningful activities in order to have fulfilling lives. When we are struggling in one or both of these areas, psychotherapy can be immensely helpful. Our relationship can become a springboard for the positive changes you seek. While I primarily utilize talk therapy techniques, we may incorporate EMDR, breath work, or other methods. My style is active and collaborative; I will listen, and I will tell you what I think. We may focus on how childhood experiences have shaped current problems or emphasize what is happening now in your life.
(301) 321-8013
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Margaret Laracy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I work with adults and adolescents with a variety of struggles and difficulties including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, and loss. I think about treating whole people rather than diagnoses or problems. And, because each person is unique, I believe that close and careful listening is vital as I try to understand each person who comes to see me. I work to create secure and collaborative relationships in which my patients and I can be curious together and work on understanding and shifting patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that may cause symptoms and interfere with living fully and freely.
(301) 259-3697
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Lilith Rose, LCSWC, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWC, LCSW
Verified
Verified
...and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom - anais nin. Do these words resonate with you? Are you stuck in emotional, physical or spiritual pain? Ready to get unstuck? Blossom and grow? I am a clinical social worker with 25 plus years of experience in a number of mind/body/spirit theories and practice. My private practice is woman-centered and I am presently providing therapy to individuals. I am licensed in both Maryland and Pennsylvania and available to provide therapy to you in both locations.
(215) 874-6117
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Joey Salvatore
Counselor, MS, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Clients who are looking for support exploring issues in a compassionate and warm space; in need of direction; help clarifying what gives their lives meaning and importance; are dealing with life transition issues and stressors; interpersonal or relationship issues; LGBTQIA+ identity or gender issues; conflict of faith/religion/spirituality issues; mood or sleep imbalance and dysregulation issues.
(410) 844-6914
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Neal R Morris
Psychologist, EdD, MS, CBSM, ABPP
Verified
Verified
I am a practical professional who is committed to those I work with. The goal is to identify actions that improve your life and translate these actions into concrete steps to promote emotional stability and effectiveness in dealing with long-standing and daily challenges. I work with adults and children helping them deal with specific problems as well as supporting their development of long-term, positive life-goals. I am board-certified in Clinical Psychology and Sleep Psychology treating adults, children, families and couples with emotional, behavioral and physical-health concerns. I specialize in treating anxiety, panic and problems such as chronic pain and insomnia.
(301) 852-7604
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Katie Cogan
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LCC
Verified
Verified
Katie specializes in PTSD, adoption/foster care issues, helping people who are suffering from cancer and chronic physical disease which contributes to mental health issues. She works with clients who have experienced emotional abuse and domestic abuse, self-harm, eating disorders and dealing with issues related to military and law enforcement service.
(240) 541-5476
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Pat Webbink
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
With 50 years experience, a Duke U. Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, I am an empathic results-oriented therapeutic partner, . My specialties: relationships, anxiety, depression, stress reduction, intimacy, trauma & abuse. I work with adults, adolescents, & children in individual, couple, family & group therapy. I counsel in Spanish, French & Japanese. I've authored 4 books on intimacy & relationships & hold regular zooms on Mindfulness, Centering & Relationship workshops w/ guided imagery & music. Serving MD, D.C. & VA, anywhere online. My associates accept most insurance plans. My podcasts are also available at patwebbink.bandcamp.com
(240) 435-4843
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Bethesda, MD 20816
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Sophia Coudenhove
MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
Originally from Britain, I have an international background and have helped clients from around the world. Together, we have found ways to adapt to losses as well as new environments, and to heal the legacies of trauma. I work with individual adults and teens, as well as couples and groups.
(202) 838-5589
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Kristin G Sweeney
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
My clients describe me as warm, friendly, down to earth, and kind. I believe in forming a caring, secure, and trusting relationship with all my clients as the basis for our work together. In my humanness, I like to help clients see that they are not alone and they will be accepted and not judged by me. I consider my clients as the experts on their lives and my job is to support them in achieving their goals and caring for them during this process. I offer guidance, understanding, and wisdom based on experience and knowledge. I truly care.
(240) 213-9604
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Bethesda, MD 20816
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Devon C King
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
I have tremendous respect for people who make the difficult decision to enter in to psychotherapy. I work collaboratively with older children, adolescents, and adults, in individual, couples, and family therapy. My goal is to explore collaboratively the troubles that have led them to seek treatment at this time. I try to provide a safe, non-judgemental environment, where one can develop insight to better understand and ultimately change behavioral and relational patterns that get in the way of happiness and fulfillment. I have extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as relationship difficulties and life transitions.
(202) 751-3073
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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DBT Maryland LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
At DBT Maryland, we believe that in order to grow and make changes in their lives, people need validation, support and practical skills. We strive to provide empathic, accepting and productive therapeutic relationships so you can feel safe while moving toward your goals. Each person's situation is unique and our therapy approach will be designed to meet your individual needs. Many of our clients suffer from problems of emotional dysregulation (borderline personality, PTSD, depression, anxiety & bipolar) most effectively addressed by a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program.
(240) 301-1474
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Mumta Purohit
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I provide a warm, yet comprehensive approach to treatment and assessments with adolescents and adults. Whether you are seeking a place to process a current stressor, deal with a lifelong mental health issue, or live with a medical condition, I am eager to help. My mission is to assist each patient to achieve both short term goals and develop long term coping strategies. I work closely with your other medical professionals to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
(443) 991-7076
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Cassandra Edwards
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Verified
Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or anger? Have you experienced substance use, marriage conflict, or difficult relationships in your family? Do you need help addressing an eating disorder? It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help – and I respect that courage. Together, we will work to discover your strengths, and I can help you leverage those strengths to build coping skills that will help you in everyday life. We will tailor therapy to your needs and goals, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, and your own experiences.
(240) 671-0269
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Alexandra D. Swe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I am not accepting new clients at this time. As a clinical social worker, it is my passion to help adolescents and young adults navigate through life's toughest moments while focusing on their strengths and successes. My years of experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, chronic mental illness, and every day challenges allow me to address a wide range of social and emotional difficulties.
(301) 710-9953
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Amy Kohn McNelly
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT, LMFT, CAC-II
Verified
Verified
Sometimes the reasons people seek therapy are hard to pinpoint or articulate. Other times the totally unexpected brings a person into therapy. Often it is the thing one least wants to discuss. The reasons are countless, but they always matter. They affect our thoughts and our relationships, often quite deeply. My purpose as a therapist is to develop a relationship and a context that feels restorative and safe through which my patients and I can grapple with any and all concerns imaginable. Through intimate conversation and our shared experience emerge feelings, buried fears, and the previously unknowable.
(240) 546-6114
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dissociative Disorders (DID) Therapists

How does therapy for dissociative disorders work?

Dissociation may be triggered by stress or other upsetting circumstances, and therapy can address the traumatic events at the core of an individual’s dissociation. Understanding why a person may dissociate can help the therapist and the individual come up with alternative methods of coping. A person with a dissociative disorder may get stuck on negative thinking, for example, and treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy is a gold standard for breaking such thinking. And dialectical behavior therapy, for example, can help a person manage their anguish through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for dissociative disorders?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, psychodynamic, schema therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful memories and past traumas. These therapies work to integrate an individual's different identities into one person.

Are there specific medications for dissociation?

There are no specific medications prescribed for dissociative disorders. However, psychosis, depression, anxiety, and/or panic often co-occur in dissociative disorders. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for any accompanying symptom—which may include antipsychotics like aripiprazole, antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines.

How often and how long are therapy sessions?

Like any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. There are still other patients, especially those who have co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety, who may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months.