Steven Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist in Washington
Typically individuals come to psychotherapy for relief of emotional and psychological pain, which may take the form of depression, anxiety, self-defeating behavior, and/or unfulfilled relationships or goals, to name a few. Many can identify some past trauma, or perhaps some mistreatment that seems somehow connected. For others the reasons are more elusive, like a general feeling of unhappiness, perhaps with oneself or with others.I strive to help you verbalize your thoughts and feelings about what happens between us in our emerging relationship as a way of understanding your relationships in general.
At times this process feels supportive, helpful, even compelling; at other times you may feel frustrated, disappointed, even bored. I strive to facilitate a relationship building on the more positive aspects of the process, so we may tolerate and work through the difficult, painful, yet necessary frustrations typical of psychotherapy.
I apply the above approach to individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, where the focus is on using what transpires in each relationship to foster greater interpersonal learning and self-awareness, as well as identify the many obstacles we put in the way of our growth and enjoyment of life.
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  • Years in Practice: 30+ Years
  • School: University of Maryland
  • Year Graduated: 1993
  • License No. and State: PSY1813 District of Columbia


  • Avg Cost (per session): $170 - $200
  • Sliding Scale: Yes

Additional Credentials

  • Certificate: American Group Psychotherapy Association / CGP
  • Certificate Date: 2002

Steven Van Wagoner's Groups

Psychotherapy Group

People join a therapy group to learn about themselves, and through this process, improve their relationships. This group and the one described below, focus on the relationships that develop between you and the other members of the group, and between you and me. By experiencing and examining your interactions in the here-and-now, a picture of you and every other member emerges of the way you interact with each other in the group. This leads to greater self-understanding, as well as learning about you in your relationships - what helps and what impedes having more satisfying relationships.

More about this group

Psychotherapy Group

All of my groups stress attending to one's thoughts and feelings as they emerge in the moment, and to the extent possible, putting them into words. Sharing feelings about oneself and about others in the group is encouraged. While feedback certainly is an element of all of my groups, it is most helpful when delivered in the context of sharing an emotional reaction to other members: to their words, their style of expression, their nonverbal communication, their dreams, and their life story. This facilitates growth and the development of mature relationships, in and outside the group.

More about this group


  • Relationship Issues
  • Personality Disorders


  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Interpersonal
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016
Steven Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist in Washington

Steven Van Wagoner

Psychologist, PhD, CGP, FAGPA