Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
I believe that my role as a therapist is to provide support for clients who have decided to enter therapy due to any number of concerns. Addressing life's many challenges can be a daunting experience. Finding the right "fit" with a therapist can prove central in attaining the most positive outcome in a therapeutic relationship. I strive to provide an environment rich in understanding and empathy while helping clients achieve personal goals and reduction of emotional symptoms such as anxiety and depression. My goal is to provide clients with a strong sense of self- awareness while building on individual strengths.
**Open for Online and In-Person Sessions** Hey there! My name is Phyllis and I'm a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist. I am a level-2 certified Gottman Couples Therapist providing counseling for couples, adults, and families. I help clients improve communication, trust, and security in their relationships. I work collaboratively with my clients and believe they are the expert on their lives. I focus on their strengths and help build upon them to overcome difficulties. I identify what is already working well for them and we build the skills that they can implement and use in their everyday lives.
It is common to feel frustrated and misunderstood at times within our significant relationships, particularly with an intimate partner. When we repeatedly feel unheard and blamed, feelings of resentment may build, contributing to chronic feelings of rupture and disconnection. Over time, this dynamic can become emotionally and physically exhausting. What once felt like a perfect union, may start feeling like a pattern of never-ending conflict. Many couples can fall into this frustrating cycle of miscommunication, feeling misunderstood and resentment.
Welcome! Our practice offers neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing and psychotherapy provided by exceptional clinicians. Our experienced clinicians focus on providing the highest quality of care in a warm, supportive environment. We are committed to evidence-based practices in both testing and therapy to ensure that we can help you meet your goals (and your child/teen realize their true potential). Not only are we focused on your goals, we want testing and/or therapy to be a great experience for you and your family. We believe that evidence-based psychological care can transform lives and unlock potential.
I work to help you address the painful challenges you are facing in your life, whether it be in your relationships, your work, or internally with yourself. With depression, self-esteem worries, anxiety and panic, separation and loss, sexual/intimacy conflicts, work/achievement difficulties, parenting problems or addictions, my efforts with you are to use understanding and problem-solving to find relief and direction. I teach and train other mental health professionals, and emphasize the active collaboration needed to bring about change and growth.
I enjoy working with adults with anxiety, impulsivity, addiction (i.e. substance use, sex and love), postpartum issues, trauma, difficulty in romantic relationships (i.e. sexual issues, infidelity, divorce), and adults who come from dysfunctional childhoods. I also enjoy working with those in non-traditional romantic relationships (i.e. ethically non-monogamous, polyamorous). I am LGBTQIA- affirming and sex positive. I work best with clients who are engaged, thoughtful, and motivated for change. My style is empathic and direct, with a sense of humor. I believe strongly in the therapeutic alliance and the client/therapist fit.
I specialize in helping individuals heal from the emotional wounds that can be created by traumatic experiences. I work with children, adolescents, and adults, meeting my clients wherever they may be in their journey toward healing. My theoretical approach is eclectic, rooted in relational, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral theories. I prioritize being goal-oriented, having a clear treatment plan, and regularly measuring progress during therapy. I value your perspective on our progress and will invite your feedback regularly, as well as objectively measuring progress with standardized psychological measures.
I have seen many clients over the years and each one has been a unique individual with their own story to tell. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two people are alike. Allow me to help you find your own path and solutions through empowerment utilizing your unique strengths. Individuals come to see me for many reasons: Trauma, Grief, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, OCD, changes in family dynamics and other life changes. I want to provide an open, relaxed, non-judgmental environment that allows you to reach your full potential. Whatever your reason, therapy can be the first step.
Deciding to see a therapist can be a difficult decision, whether it is for yourself, or your teen/child. In my practice, I use a supportive, non-judgmental, cognitive behavioral approach. My work will be practical and oriented towards results. It will ultimately increase your self-confidence. I have had great success working with people of all ages on their various fears using CBT.
Toni is a highly skilled therapist who has been practicing for over 30 years. She practices individual, couple and family therapy with adolescents and adults. Toni is committed to advanced training as well as teaching. She has served as a faculty member for Georgetown School of Medicine, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and the Washington School of Psychiatry. Toni has also been trained as a Collaborative Divorce Coach as well as a Parent Coordinator. In addition, she provides supervision to other therapists. Her empathy and commitment to her work led to her being included in WASHINGTONIAN MAGAZINE "TOP COUPLE THERAPISTS" in 2012.,
Named Top Therapist of 2022 and in 2020 by Washington Family Magazine. Also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and the Anxiety Specialist at Potomac Therapy Group. I specialize in helping teens, adults, and couples overcome anxiety. This includes anxiety in people's personal as well as professional lives, around previous trauma, with interpersonal relationships, and anxiety co-occurring with ADHD. Neuro-divergent and LGBTQIA+ friendly. I work with clients who are ready to change their anxious thinking, low self-esteem, & intrusive thoughts. For couples- I do couples therapy & sex therapy and use the Gottman Method.
I work with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, life’s transitions, and a host of existential issues inherent to the human experience. If you are looking to be heard, seeking meaning in your life, coping with life’s challenges in a safe and confidential environment, welcome to my culturally competent private practice.
Are you feeling anxious about how COVID-19 is impacting your life? Are you experiencing stress related to this unknown entity? Now is the right time to process these feelings and develop tools and strategies to address them. I am offering secure teletherapy to any client who wants to start therapy now, but is concerned about office visits. I help clients develop concrete strategies to relieve symptoms, while simultaneously exploring the root of their anxieties. Think of of therapy as filling a tool box that you take with you when you leave.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MS, LCPC, NCC, CTMH
We all face challenges in our lives that we may have difficulty navigating through. It may be feeling depressed or anxious, experiencing relational/family conflict and grief, or adjusting to life transitions. Sometimes we need another person to help us along the way outside of our loved ones. That's where I come in. I strive to help you work through adversities, build upon your strengths, and empower you to create new, meaningful, and fulfilling chapters in your life.
At Medpsych Health Services, our goal is to provide thoughtful, competent, compassionate, and thorough psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, medication treatment, and as well as therapy services to clients in a confidential and caring environment with special consideration to biological, psychological, and physical health. We are an integrated mental health service provider where psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists collectively treat mental illnesses with complete consideration of your full medical, psychological, social, and family history.
Do you wish to be happy again, and get back control of your life? Has your self esteem plummeted so that daily functioning has become difficult? Has anxiety, depression and anger taken control of you and won't let you function in peace? My ideal adult client is the multitasking adult, often juggling multiple tasks but are unable to cope with their own anger, anxiety, sadness, or stress which seem to be controlling their lives. My ideal adolescent client is one who is dealing with impulsivity, anger, anxiety, peer relations, self esteem issues or are just too depressed to pay attention to their important last years of school.
Potomac Therapy Group is an award-winning psychotherapy practice in North Bethesda, Maryland that provides specialized psychotherapy services. Potomac Therapy Group offers virtual and in-person individual, couples, family, and group therapy services for clients located in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and California.
You have made a courageous decision to face what is not working for you in your life, and to seek change. Good therapy is life changing! It is necessary to be compassionate and patient with yourself as you approach this challenge. It takes work to transform ourselves into healthier beings. I am characterized as an active therapist who enlists the energies of her clients as a partner in this experience. My clients have told me that I am an empathetic, supportive therapist who gently, but steadily pushes for this change.
I am honored that my clients share their deepest secrets with me every day. I am grateful for the trust they place in me and I value their need for confidentiality. I make an effort to listen to my clients and hear what they say to learn what they need to grow. Every client is a person who is much greater than their problem behavior or diagnosis. While I have extensive training in treating trauma and sexual behavior problems, I also have experience and training in treating other mental health problems such as: Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, ADHD, and chemical as well as process addictions.
The process of finding a therapist can be daunting, but I believe it is a sign of courage and strength to seek help for lasting personal growth and for stronger and more fulfilling couple and family relationships. My overall perspective about therapy is to show acceptance, compassion and care to all clients; to build safe, warm, trustworthy, and collaborative therapeutic relationships; to apply evidence-based and culturally-competent therapeutic concepts and skills to address clients’ specific needs; and to build upon client’s strength for change. I can speak both English and Mandarin and accept Maryland clients.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in North Bethesda are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in North Bethesda then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in North Bethesda specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.