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John Gershefski, Ph.D.
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    Sally S.
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    My experience with him was excellent. He took the time to really undertsand my concerns, and has been helpful in improving my situation. Thank you!

    Marsha Lucas, PhD
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    • 27 years in business
    Janice D.
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    I'm an attorney, working with law firms to to increase productivity and health, and reduce in-firm conflict, as well as helping their clients. For years, I've been sending clients, friends, and colleagues to Marsha. Every bit of feedback has been positive. What I hear most is how warm and likable she is (which is what think, as well), and that she's straightforward, up-front, and authentic. And effective! Having referred to other therapists in DC, I know finding someone of this caliber is rare. I appreciate Marsha's skills, expertise, and compassion in dealing with people. If I didn't already know her professionally, she's the therapist I'd go to myself.


    Adam Klein is a licensed psychologist in private practice who is offering individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. Adam also offers supervision and consultations.

    • 28 years in business

    I treat trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, adult individuals and couples, adjustment to life transitions, and grief and loss.


    I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluations services. I work with adults and couples in English and Spanish. Please refer to the links above to learn more about my practice.


    Are you dealing with any of these problems? - Struggling with relationship problems, including arguing, conflict, breaking up, separation, affairs or lack of intimacy - Feeling stressed out, anxious or worried or having intrusive, unwanted thoughts - Experiencing profound sadness or depression - Dealing with work, school, and home life difficulties - Having trouble managing or expressing your anger If so, clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Heitt can help you better understand and conquer these difficulties. Learn how individual therapy or couples therapy works and how I can help you.

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack

    Over 25 years of private practice as a psychotherapist, I have grown as a person and a professional. I have had extraordinary opportunities. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University of America when they were at the forefront of training in depth psychodynamic psychotherapy, completed internship and a one year residency in clinical psychology at the grande dame of psychiatric hospitals, St Elizabeths, and have sought continuing education and guidance supervision ever since. For the last fifteen years I have met weekly with a group of psychotherapists to discuss my work.


    Dr. Ruth Berkowitz offers a psychotherapy and psychological assessment for children, adolescents and adults. Please feel free to contact her for an initial consultation.


    I believe that good therapy starts with a trusting and collaborative relationship. My approach in therapy is supportive, down-to-earth, and evidence-based. I'll provide treatments based on your goals. My goal as a therapist is to help you get to the day when you will no longer need to see me. I use a holistic approach and treat the whole person. I’m available for Saturday and evening appointments and am conveniently located in Federal Hill, Baltimore off the Charm City Circulator. I accept Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield and Magellan.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What are the types of psychologists?

    Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

    • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
    • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
    • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
    • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
    • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
    • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
    • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
    • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
    • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
    • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
    • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
    • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
    • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
    • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
    • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
    • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
    • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
    • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
    • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

    What is a psychologist?

    A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

    A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

    • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
    • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
    • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
    • Overcoming addictions.
    • Managing chronic illness.
    • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

    Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

    To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

    How much do therapists cost?

    If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

    Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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