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I am a warm, seasoned therapist in downtown Silver Spring, MD. I specialize in anxiety and trauma-related problems, though I also have a good deal of experience with depression, bipolar disorder, and other issues. If you are looking for tools to overcome problems instead of merely cope with them, I might be a perfect fit. I teach my clients to use tools that have found to be effective in helping even disaster survivors or battle-scarred veterans regain their emotional balance. I would be happy to discuss your specific problem and how I might be of help, so please give me a call.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
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Marilyn is amazing! She uses a technique during therapy called AIT which helps me cleanse emotions and negativity that I wish to release and helps me bring in the positivity to my life. Her style of therapy, gentle voice and authenticity has helped me from the first day we spoke. I absolutely recommend Marilyn's healing to anybody.

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A Washington, D.C. therapist, Jeffrey Frank, specializes in psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, anxiety, addictions (including substance abuse), and counseling for couples in conflict.

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Enhance your life through effective therapies. Through advanced technology, our services are able to reach all over Washington D.C. through Skype. Our Bethesda psychologist offers cognitive behavioral therapy, stress counseling, ADHD therapy, and depression therapy. The ability to provide Skype psychotherapy sessions allows him to reach out to clients who may not be able to make it into his office for regular sessions.

Dr. Jen Sermoneta
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  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas K.
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I've trained many therapists for over 30 years, and Dr. Jen Sermoneta is a gifted and dedicated psychotherapist. She works hard to truly know and help her clients improve the quality of their inner and outer worlds through deeper self-awareness, personal empowerment, better decision making, and clearer, more direct, communications. I would refer my closest friends and relatives to her.

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I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Silver Spring, MD. I have over 35 years' experience in working with adult clients on a wide range of issues. I have come to appreciate the power of the healing principle in all of us. Every one has the capacity to grow, heal, and stabilize. A seasoned, skillful therapist guides and empowers the patient’s own innate strength and healing capacities. Counseling can be helpful to people, whether they are facing the very ordinary but demanding problems of adult life or the extraordinary difficulties of dealing with catastrophic loss, grief, illness, and trauma. A technique known as EMDR is one approach that I have used successfully with clients in both categories.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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

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I provide a wholistic appoach to theraputic change that address the needs of my clients on all levels.

  • 10 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Ximena T.
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Lindsey is a first class psychotherapist. She is very professional, candid, with lots of experience. What my husband and I liked most is that she is clear in her assertions. She listens carefully, and provides sensible and sound advice. Moreover, she follows up and makes you feel that she cares. She also responds very quickly to emails. We are very pleased to have found her.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is a wellness technique that works by promoting positive behavioral or cognitive changes. During successful hypnosis, the client should be eased into a state of deep relaxation in which the conscious mind takes a back seat and the subconscious mind becomes more active. The client is often able to let go of critical thoughts and become receptive to the therapist’s suggestions. In this state of hypnosis, motivating suggestions can bypass your usual mental resistance and internal defense mechanisms. For example, even if you want to quit overeating cupcakes, you may have some level of resistance that your rational mind can’t overcome. During hypnosis, the positive suggestions made by the hypnotherapist can bypass your usual blocks, helping you to achieve the formerly unachievable: stopping overeating, quitting smoking, mastering public speaking, or losing your fear of heights. The goal of hypnosis is to strengthen and empower the client’s motivation, commitment and focus. Consider working with someone who is not just trained in hypnosis but also is a licensed therapist or psychotherapist who can bring their academic background into your session.

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.

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 can hypnosis help you with?

According to many sources including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) which is part of the United States National Library of Medicine and a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hypnosis is scientifically proven to help relieve both mental challenges and physical pains. Hypnosis can alleviate stress and reduce pain after surgeries, has been shown to relieve anxiety in children in the emergency room, and can be useful for managing pain associated with everything from arthritis to migraines. Hypnosis is non-invasive and gives you a way to control pain or discomfort that might otherwise seem out of your hands. Hypnosis shouldn’t be used as a substitute for medical care, but may be an excellent complementary tool that is best provided by a trained therapist or licensed medical provider. The University of Maryland Medical Center shares many conditions for which hypnosis can be useful:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Tension headaches
  • Alopecia areata
  • Asthma
  • Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions
  • Bedwetting
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Labor and delivery
  • Skin disorders, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Stress
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Weight loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Warts
  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Smoking cessation

How is hypnosis used in therapy?

Hypnosis is a powerful tool to help clients overcome challenging issues such as anxiety, phobias, pain management, hot flashes and more. Hypnosis is also a way to help let go of addictions like smoking, overeating and gambling. In and of itself, hypnosis is not a therapy, but it can be used in conjunction with therapy to empower and encourage the person receiving it to make positive change. Some people are more susceptible to hypnosis and will benefit more from hypnotherapy than others.

According to Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus, speaking for Psychology Today, hypnosis is a “genuine psychological phenomenon that has valid uses in clinical practice … hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention or concentration, often associated with relaxation, and heightened suggestibility. While under hypnosis (i.e., in a hypnotic trance), it seems many people are much more open to helpful suggestions than they usually are.” The suggestions made in a therapeutic setting get deep into a person’s brain, beyond their conscious thinking, leading to behavior change and the ability to overcome challenges that might otherwise seem insurmountable.