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Washington, DC Counseling & Psychotherapy

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About Our Therapists

Our mission: We are committed to providing you the highest quality psychotherapy in Washington, D.C., so that you can lead a fuller and richer life.


Kathy Richardson, LMFT, LICSW

Kathy RichardsonMrs. Richardson has more than 30 years of experience providing counseling and psychotherapy to children (ages 3 to 11), adults, and families. Her areas of specialization are ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and major life transitions. Mrs. Richardson uses elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems therapy, and play therapy in her work. She also provides parental support for the children she works with.

Mrs. Richardson has a master’s degree in social work from Simmons College (Mass.). She also completed two years of specialty training with children at the Tufts New England Medical Center, as well as two years of family systems training at the Family Institute of Cambridge.

Mrs. Richardson offers daytime and evening hours. To make an appointment with Mrs. Richardson for individual therapy or family counseling, please call 202.588.1288 or email us at


Jehari Jones, LICSW

Jehari JonesMs. Jones sees adults for individual counseling and group therapy. Ms. Jones uses CBT, insight-oriented, and developmental psychology interventions to treat anxiety and depression. She plans on leading a 12-week anxiety group for 20-somethings starting in September.

Ms. Jones comes to us from the George Washington University Counseling Center where she has provided individual and group therapy to undergraduate and graduate students.

Ms. Jones received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Catholic University in Washington, DC, and her undergraduate degree from Morgan State University.

Ms. Jones offers evening hours and Saturday hours. To make an appointment with Ms. Jones for individual counseling or group therapy, please call 202.588.1288 or email us at


Matt Sosnowsky, LICSW

Matt SosnowskyMatt Sosnowsky provides individual therapy for young adults (20s and 30s). He works with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, as well as those who have experienced trauma. Mr. Sosnowsky has provided individual, couples, and family counseling at the Post Permanency Family Center in Washington, DC. Previously he provided therapy at the University of Pennsylvania counseling center.

Mr. Sosnowsky has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also received a master’s degree in applied positive psychology. He has a B.S. from Penn State University.

Mr. Sosnowsky offers daytime and evening appointments. To schedule an appointment with Mr. Sosnowsky for individual therapy, please call 202.588.1288 or email us at


Barbara Donesky, LICSW

Barbara DoneskyMs. Donesky has more than 20 years of experience providing counseling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples. Her areas of expertise are grief, loss, and addiction. Her style is interactional, holistic, and strengths-based.

Ms. Donesky also runs a popular anxiety group for 20-somethings, one in the fall and one in the spring. She plans to run a relationship group starting in September.

Ms. Donesky has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY-Binghamton and a master’s in clinical social work from the University of California at Berkeley. She has advanced training in individual counseling and clinical supervision.

Ms. Donesky offers day, evening and Saturday appointments. To schedule an appointment with Ms. Donesky for individual therapy or marriage counseling/couples therapy, please call 202.588.1288 or email us at


Amanda Shapiro, LICSW

Amanda Shapiro

Ms. Shapiro is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with young adults (20s and 30s), particularly college students, and graduate students who have difficulty making decisions in their lives.

Ms. Shapiro has experience working with survivors of violence, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. She is proficient in German.

She previously worked at the Women’s Center in Vienna, Va., the Center for Abused Persons in Waldorf, Md., and Family Matters of Greater Washington.

Ms. Shapiro has a master’s degree in social work from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Ms. Shapiro offers daytime hours on Tuesdays and Fridays. To schedule an appointment for individual therapy with her, please call 202.588.1288 or email us at


David Sternberg, LICSW

David SternbergMr. Sternberg is the founder and director of DC Talk Therapy. He provides individual counseling to adults of all ages, but he has a special interest in working with young adults (20s and 30s). Trained in CBT, he helps his clients manage feelings of anxiety and depression that often come from navigating the turbulent period between college and middle age. Mr. Sternberg has written extensively on the challenges young adults face and has been interviewed by several media outlets, including Good Morning, America; The Washington Post, and He has been a practicing therapist in DC since 2001.

Mr. Sternberg received his master’s degree in clinical social work, with honors, from Florida State University, and his B.A. from the University of Rochester (NY).

Mr. Sternberg offers early morning and daytime therapy hours. To schedule an appointment, please call 202.588.1288.


Leah Sugarman

Leah SugarmanLeah is DC Talk Therapy’s office administrator. She handles all of the billing and scheduling for our DC therapists, as well as answering any insurance-related questions clients may have.
Leah grew up in Rockville, Md., and attended Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. Previously, she worked at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., as an ICU medical technician and unit secretary.

She can be contacted at 202.588.1288 or at