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?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, we can help. We have a team of experienced therapists in D.C. dedicated to help you overcome your biggest challenges.
Our therapists — David Sternberg, Kathy Richardson, Barbara Donesky, Amanda Shapiro, Matt Sosnowsky, and Jehari Jones — have more than 90 years of combined experience providing individual counseling and psychotherapy. We’ve helped thousands 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 in providing individual therapy for young adults (20s and 30s), 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.
Barbara sees adults for individual therapy and marriage counseling/couples therapy. She has expertise in grief/loss and substance abuse. Amanda and Matt specialize in working with young adults (20s and 30s), with Amanda and Jehari often seeing college-age and early 20s clients.
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. Barbara has an interactive style and works from a strengths-based model. Amanda and Matt use an eclectic mix that combines elements of CBT.
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, 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.
Availability of our therapists in DC: Matt Sosnowsky has evening and weekend openings. Kathy Richardson has some afternoon and evening time slots open. Barbara Donesky has a few openings in the evening. Jehari Jones has a few openings in the evenings.