I have lived a pretty wonderful life, I can admit that. I grew up in a beautiful home with a family who loved me, and had hardly a care in the world. Then I got older and realized the world wasn’t the place I thought it was. It was full of hateful people, and tragedy. Once I hit middle school, I began to notice how people were looking at me, and that these people who hardly even knew me seemed to hate everything I was. I struggled a lot with making myself fit the image that others wanted me to fit. I tried so hard that I ended up losing myself completely, and the only escape i got was through dance. I would go home and cry and cry until all I could do anymore was sleep. Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, my grandma got sick. She was my best friend, and her death was like having the wind knocked out of me every morning after. I knew I was depressed but it didn’t want to admit it; to myself or to my family. You see, I had gotten so good at pretending to be the perfect happy girl next door that everyone believed me. I thought if i could keep the act up for long enough i would believe it too, and that’s exactly what happened. It worked! Well it worked for a while anyway. When i finally came out to my family as bisexual everything changed, I couldn’t hide anymore. My father resents me a little bit I think. I think he feels like I betrayed him, because he raised this perfect daughter who now he finds out is flawed in his eyes. My dad isn’t very supportive about me and my sexuality. I can feel him looking at me different ever since I told him. I was a sophomore in high school when I came out, and I couldn’t understand why, now that I was out, people were looking at me, and talking about just like they did in middle school. I was still putting on the act. I was still the perfect happy girl next door. That didn’t seem to matter anymore. All anyone cared about was that they now had something else to hate. My friends try to help, but they don’t get to see the me that’s depressed, and that’s because there is a part of me that wants them to see me as happy still. It has taken me a long time to admit to myself that I am depressed, mostly because I never thought I had the right to be depressed… I have lived a pretty wonderful life, and I can admit that. I grew up in a beautiful home with a family who loved me, and had hardly a care in the world… but it has finally come time for me to accept my depression, and for me to do something about it.
Personal set-backs and conflictual relationships are common problems that we all can face at some point in our lives. My approach is respectful and compassionate. I have doctoral level clinical training, research experience, several publications, and am adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech.
Washington Psychological Wellness is a boutique-style mental health practice located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Our therapists have a passion for helping members of the community fulfill their mental health & wellness goals. Specialized services include adult, child, teen, couples, and family therapy, online teletherapy as well as individually tailored psychological assessments, testing, evaluations and reports. Our therapists provide an individualized integrative and holistic approach to treatment that focuses on collaboration, authenticity and compassion in care. Whether you are facing anxiety, depression, unsatisfying relationships, LGBTQ issues, overwhelming emotions, self-esteem, academic challenges, family discord, lack of motivation, workplace challenges, or just overall life dissatisfaction, we are here to help! Our practice is currently accepting new clients. Contact us now for your free initial 15-minute consultation!
Ashburn Psychological Services was founded in 2005 by Dr. Michael Oberschneider. The practice has been well received by area professionals and families and has grown to be the home of some of the area's leading psychiatrists and psychologists. We are here to address your needs.
My sensitive and engaging, direct and practical, style is reported by my clients as one of their attractions to working with me. I work with Children, Adolescents and Adults, addressing ADHD, depression and anxiety, divorce, loss and medical trauma. . I would be honored with your trust in me.
Across Counseling is a group of experienced mental health practitioners in Vienna, Virginia with diverse specialties as well as other professionals offering integrative specialty services who can help you to resolve issues and challenges. The specialties we offer enable us to meet your specific needs, whether you are feeling depressed, anxious, struggle with issues around food, alcohol, or other substances, sexual or gender identity, grief, trauma, family and relationship issues and more. We also offer an option to work with us using a team approach that can be more effective with multiple members of a family or for clients with multiple issues that respond best to specialized approaches. When needed, the team option enables us to offer a coordinated approach that can be designed to best meet your specific needs. Whether we are working with individuals, couples, families, or groups, we can work together with you to address your issues and challenges and develop a plan to help you to improve your well-being and foster personal growth, to feel better and have a greater enjoyment of life.
I have been a lifelong student of spirituality and psychotherapy which informs my approach and blends the best of both worlds. The feedback I get from clients is that through our work together, their lives change in ways they never imagined possible. Empathy, hope and humor are some of the qualities I bring to sessions.
Seeking an alternative to traditional therapy? That’s why I’m here. My tools range from innovative new mind-body modalities (e.g., Energy Psychology) to the most ancient spiritual/energetic modality (shamanic healing). These tools enable me to help clients address most of the problems that licensed mental health professionals do – plus some they can’t. And usually do it more efficiently. This is the main reason I almost always have one or more licensed therapists as clients. See the testimonials on my website.
Are you considering reaching out for support? Could your teenager use some new ways of dealing with stress? Are you hoping for a change in your life? Does your adolescent need a safe place to talk? Do you want to live more fulfilled? There are many changes that come with life's seasons and we're proud to be here to help you navigate them. We help people to develop a self-care plan to deal with stress, cope with grief or loss, deal with past traumatic experiences, and to better manage anger. We can also help you to get along better with family members, improve your relationship with your spouse, and learn new coping skills.
I provide professional, results-oriented counseling with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Hypnosis, methods that more quickly and effectively brings about positive changes. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I also work extensively with couples and family members on relationship issues.
You are getting things done! You go to work, knock down those goals- your super successful, and yet, things just aren't working. You're not happy, maybe you can't relax. On a normal week-anxiety keeps you up at night. And, with these last few months, you are even more on edge. Maybe it's time you talked to someone who understands the pressures of working and living in the DC area and how to protect your mental wellness.
MySpectrum Counseling & Coaching provides individual, family, and couples counseling to every person, every spectrum. We offer sessions in an office as well as online through Teletherapy throughout the state of Virginia. Both in the office and via online therapy, MySpectrum can help with anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, grief / loss, stress management, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, developmental delays, serious mental illness, substance abuse, LGBTQ specific issues, and most any of life's hardships. We serve all ages and accept most insurance plans, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare.
At Adagio House, our focus is empowering caregivers and their differently-abled loved ones. by working with families, children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. We know that every life is uniquely valuable, interwoven with the complexities of both beauty and pain.
I have been in private practice seeing adults and couples since 2004. I love my job and feel so fortunate to be able to work with people on living their best lives. I tailor sessions to the needs of the client- whether setting measurable goals, processing emotions in a safe space, changing habits or increasing self awareness.
Virginia Family Therapy is a mental health practice serving individuals, families, and couples within our community. Our counseling practice is designed to help people at all stages and all walks of life by offering counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. We are committed to developing strengths-based, authentic, and long-lasting relationships with you and your children. We hope to provide you with the support and insight you need to help your family navigate life's hard times and joys.
My approach to counseling is that each individual has the potential within them to accomplish anything. My job is to help you realize that potential and to make peace with the issues that you face. Notice I never said anything about “getting over” what you have going on, because I believe that there are some things that make that impossible. But, I believe that if you are willing to work with me to achieve your goals, you can achieve the recovery you truly want My journey to the present day has been unconventional to say the least. I’ve worked in the mental health field since graduating with my Master’s Degree in 2007. I’ve worked with many different populations in many different settings. Most recently I have been working with clients who desired to end their lives, or who were too sick to go about their daily lives. I’ve also supervised others, taught at a college level, and made presentations to other professionals. In the real world, I’ve worked in the medical field, customer service, and I’ve owned my own business. I believe this varied experience allows me to be more emphatic as well as take a more common sense approach to treatment. I invite you to take a step toward something difficult and do something that is good for you. You always have the opportunity to go back to the way things were; that isn’t challenging in the least.
Everyone struggles at some time or another. That's life. And when the struggle becomes unmanageable, that's where I come in. As a sensorimotor trained therapist I offer a calming, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to explore your struggles. Part of that exploration may involve how your past intrudes upon your present, and your future. We work together to make sense of what is troubling you so you can become empowered to make the changes that will benefit your life. Are you worth that exploration and making those changes? Absolutely! I look forward to connecting with you.
I appreciate that it can be challenging to find a therapist. I encourage you to shop around, read profiles, visit websites, and have initial sessions with a couple of providers to find someone who you can really talk to and be open with. We all have different styles and vibes and ways of talking and that's a good thing, hopefully we're all well trained as well but I encourage you to inquire if our training and credentials are confusing or not obvious. In therapy I will be someone who challenges you. I might interrupt you at times if your thinking seems off. I will encourage you to feel and exercise and be honest with yourself and the people you love. Therapy will be challenging. Hopefully you will be thoughtful about the process and interested in making changes. I'm here to help you become the person who you want to be and love the person who you are.
When you experience trauma or stressful life situation, it is not uncommon for your life to feel out of control. I have a passion to help others who have experienced a traumatic event or a stressful life situation. It is my goal to help others to find healthy perceptions of themselves, and to strengthen interpersonal relationships. If you're looking for extra support and guidance to help you know yourself better or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.