Counseling in Washington, DC
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- Are you uncertain about your intimate relationship?
- Are you a 20- or 30-something having trouble separating from your family?
- Do you feel confused about your career path?
- Do you struggle with depression, anxieties or fears?
- Are you an empty-nester struggling with adjusting to work and relationships?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, we can help. We have a team of four experienced therapists to help.
Our therapists — David Sternberg, Kathy Richardson, Mari Clemson-Hines, Erin Nes and Barbara Donesky — have more than 80 years of combined experience providing individual counseling and psychotherapy. We’ve helped hundreds of clients over the years.
We will help you explore problem areas and develop new skills that will help you make positive changes in your life. We’ve had excellent results helping people who feel “stuck” in different areas of their lives become more hopeful, energetic and decisive.
While David sees adults of all ages, he has a special interest working with young adults (20- and 30-somethings), many of whom struggle to navigate the highly transitional period between college and middle age. He helps them make sense of major decisions such as marriage, family and career. He sees heterosexual, gay and lesbian clients. Kathy sees adults of all ages, many of whom struggle with anxiety. She has a particular interest in middle age and older adults. Mari sees teens and adults, and her focus is often on healing from trauma. Erin sees young adults, with a focus on relationship issues. Barbara sees adults for individual therapy and couples counseling. She has expertise in grief/loss and addiction.
David and Kathy were trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), so they look to highlight a client’s self-defeating thought patterns or irrational beliefs and connect those patterns to negative feelings and harmful behaviors. A common example of a self-defeating thought pattern is perfectionistic thinking, in which unreasonable and rigid goals leave little room for error and reinforce feelings of failure.
David and Kathy tailor their approach to suit each client’s needs. So, while they’re most comfortable using CBT, they’ll sometimes use other methods like solution-focused therapy or experiential psychotherapy when appropriate. Regardless of the therapeutic approach, their goal in counseling is always the same — to help you learn more about yourself so you can make the necessary changes to live a happier and more fulfilling life. Mari incorporates elements of CBT and solution-focused therapy. Erin also practices CBT, along with mindfulness work. Barbara has an interactive style and works from a strengths-based model.
We see a lot of clients dealing with anxiety and depression, so sometimes medication is warranted as an adjunct to psychotherapy. We work closely with several psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and primary care doctors who can prescribe the right medication for you.
Our therapists typically meet with clients once a week in our D.C. office, occasionally twice a week if more intensive work is needed. Individual counseling sessions last 45-50 minutes. Some of our therapists offer double sessions; others offer half sessions. Mari Clemson-Hines currently offers evening and weekend counseling appointments. Erin Nes has some early morning availability and Kathy Richardson has some afternoon and evening time slots open. Barbara Donesky has evening and weekend availability.
Sometimes the process of talk therapy can be difficult, particularly when discussing painful events or memories, but the results can often be tremendously rewarding, and sometimes life-changing.
You don’t have to go through this alone. Start feeling better today.