Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Washington, District of Columbia

Find a therapist in Washington, District of Columbia that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Washington to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Angela Cook-Hoekwater

Angela Cook-Hoekwater, MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Michigan with over 10 years of experience working as a trauma counselor and creativity coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief and LGBT. I also helped many people who have experienced physical, including sexual, trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Lisa Kreag

Lisa Kreag, MSW, LCSW

Thank you for reaching out to BetterHelp on your journey to experience better emotional and mental health. My name is Lisa Zouvelos Kreag and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have my Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University. I have 13 years experience as a Licensed Clinical Social worker practicing with individuals, children, adolescents and families in the areas of abuse, neglect, substance abuse, mental illness, physical illness Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years


Anne Douglas

Anne Douglas, MS, LMFT, AAMFT-Fellow

I am a psychotherapist who is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a graduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and The Institute for Psychoanalysis (Chicago). While obtaining my graduate degrees and certifications at Northwestern, I was awarded with an Honorarium to lecture and teach a 300 student psychology course at Northwestern because of my expertise in counseling. In addition, I have served as a faculty member at Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years


Renee Bynum

Renee Bynum, LMFT

Welcome, and thank you for your time in learning more about me! My name is Renee Bynum and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, mindfulness and solution-focused counseling. My clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families dealing with a variety of mental health issues Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years


Krysten Rohlik

Krysten Rohlik, MS, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in individual, group, and in-home settings. I also have over a decade of experience working as a case manager for elderly, disabled, and developmentally disabled individuals and providing mental health support as well as crisis intervention. I have experience working with a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, aging/loss of Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith, M.S., LPC

I am a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience ( 3 years Bachelor's level and three years Master's level) in North Dakota working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, Anger Management and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Tiffany Orewyler

Tiffany Orewyler, M.S., LMFT, 110964

Hello, my name is Tiffany Orewyler. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and I am here to help you thrive. In my years as a therapist, I have had the privilege of working with individuals and families in varying stages of their lives. I have worked in inpatient settings, rehabilitation facilities, correctional facilities, outpatient clinics, and private practice offices. I have helped individuals struggling with trauma Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina

Dr. Tenille Richardson-Quamina, Ph.D., LCSW

I am a therapist with degrees in psychology, social work , and marriage and family therapy. I am licensed in both Maryland and Florida and have over 15 years of experience working as a therapist. I am also a certified parenting provider. I have assisted clients and families with issues regarding online infidelity, infidelity, relationship issues, parenting problems, family conflicts, depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, anger and stress. My counseling style is supportive and interactive. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Leann Moore

Leann Moore, LMFT, Certified, Clinical, Trauma, Professional

Hi, I am a licensed family therapist with the state of California. I have six years of experience. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional which means I am trained to help those who have experienced trauma, grief and/or loss. Along with trauma, I have experience with anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, self-esteem problems and those road bumps in life we all face. Sometimes we feel stuck, not sure which direction we should Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Dr. Pamela Bratton

Dr. Pamela Bratton, PhD

I am a Florida Licensed Psychologist and I work with adults and mature teens. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, providing a warm supportive environment where treatment is customized to best suit each individual. Sessions are collaborative and based on a fundamental respect for each client’s unique circumstances, talents, and goals. During my long career I have Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 35 years


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Christopher Hill , LPC

Christopher Hill is the founder and head therapist of Washington Psychotherapy Institute. He has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Washington area since 2011 and in mental health since 2003.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Washington D.C.

Given the fact that Washington D.C. currently ranks as the 20th largest city in the country and is home to our federal government, as well as a large number of research institutes and think tanks, it is easy to assume that everyone who is living in Washington, D.C. is well educated and is earning at the very least a middle to upper middle-class salary. Unfortunately, this assumption is overly simplistic and fundamentally flawed. Even though there are countless professional jobs available in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, the most recent available data from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrates that just under 19 percent of the area’s population are living in poverty. This figure is undeniably high. Yet, this concerning data point is offset, at least in part, by the fact that the D.C. population in general is highly educated. Again, according to the census, more than 55 percent of the local population has at least an undergraduate college degree. This figure is significantly above the national average.

The Impact on Mental Health

In general, poverty plays a significant causal role in a variety of mental health issues. Research shows that poverty, all else equal, increases the risk of a person developing depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal ideation. Although the statistics are undeniable, the exact pathway of this relationship is still open for debate.

In addition to high poverty figures shaping Washington, D.C. residents’ mental health needs, it is also important to look at the other end of the demographic spectrum. Many area residents hold high powered jobs in the federal government. These work situations may also lead to depression, anxiety, and an overall sense of frustration.  In addition, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the divorce rate in Washington, D.C. is just over 8 divorces per 1,000 population . This figure is slightly above the national average. Given the fact that divorce can be a stressful experience for involved parties, people in Washington, D.C. may benefit from having access to marriage counseling and family therapy.

The relatively high cost of living in the area, particularly high rental and property prices, may also contribute to high stress levels and a variety of mental health concerns.

In a 2017 study conducted by Mental Health America (MHA), researchers determined that residents in the District of Columbia had above average mental health needs, as compared with other states. These mental health needs were assessed by looking at the number of patients who have been diagnosed with mental health issues, the number of people with addiction challenges, and the number of people who have experienced suicidal thoughts. Washington, D.C.’s ranking is largely shaped by the fact that it leads the nation in the percentage of residents with substance abuse problems, currently clocking in at more than 12 percent of the population.

Mental Health Resources in Washington, D.C.

Given the significant mental health needs that exist for the Washington, D.C. population, it is important to assess the mental health resources that are available in the community to see if they’re enough to meet the needs that are present. Recognizing the serious challenge that mental health and addiction issues may pose to large numbers of the local population, the city government has established a Department of Behavioral Health. This Department offers a hotline service that provides information about where people can get help, either for immediate crisis psychiatric care or for more long-term consultations.

Mental health issues often do not happen during standard office hours. Mental health emergencies can and do happen. To address these emergencies, Washington D.C. offers around-the-clock psychiatric care at its DC General Hospital, including in-patient observation beds. The Center also offers mobile crisis response services. These mobile response teams can provide medication as needed, or recommend hospitalization if appropriate.

There Are Other Weakness with This Approach

The hotline simply provides a person with information about where they can seek out support services to address his/her mental health and/or substance abuse issues. It does not help a person decide which provider may be more (or less) appropriate for their needs. Nor does it provide more specific information that a patient may be interested in. This requires a patient to do more research on their own.

Additionally, a patient may experience long waits for appointments at a center that they are referred to. This is particularly true for children and adolescents. The Hospital for Sick Children has a department dedicated to behavioral science. However, the wait list for appointments can be long.

Cost is another challenge. Although some providers offer free or sliding scale services, many providers do not. And, if a patient does not have insurance or their insurance does not cover mental health services, then they may be priced out of care.

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