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Mindful Way Counseling
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  • 14 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Joseph S.
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Denise is an Amazing Therapist!! I can not thank her enough for all that she has done to help me on my healing journey. She has an incredible background for healing for individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, marital issues, and adverse childhood experiences. She employs a variety of therapy techniques to include psychotherapy, meditation, sand trays, and immersion therapy to unearth the core problems that we, as adults, may be facing. She is an extremely compassionate, caring and understanding person who is highly motivated and dedicated to helping others. Medicine is an Art and Denise has the Gift to Heal! If you or a loved one are facing stress or have been subject to stress or adverse situations in your past you must seek Denise for advice and help. She will not only address your current issues or problems but focus more deeply on your past. Denise has made a Difference in my Life and I am forever Thankful for all that she has done for me and my family!! Peace and Love, Dr Joseph Strauss

John Millikin, PhD
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  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jim B.
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Excellent interaction and recognition of problems

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ben W.
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So far, in only a few sessions, Dr. Zeitlin has demonstrated the capacity to help me heal from childhood trauma and abuse. He has a remarkable mix of knowledge and experience, supported by a bedside manner that is kind and direct.

from 1 review
  • 29 years in business

Car washing and dog cleaning services, we provide all materails We love helping people at the most stressful point in their life. It's important to remember that the outcome is the healthy lives of the children that are involved in these families.

  • 15 years in business

My clients tell me that one of the things they like most about me is that I am an "active therapist and coach". I don't just sit back and listen. Instead, I come with you on your journey to explore, learn, make changes, and positively grow. I strongly believe the mind and body hold the answers, wisdom, and ability to heal. I am with you on your journey for as long as needed and you are sure-footed. "To get through the hardest journey, we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping" - Chinese proverb I provide: brief or in depth therapy, specialist in individual and couples therapy, co-parenting educator, specialist military and teacher stressors, addiction (any) specialist, anger and stress improvement therapy, mind, body, spirit specialist, alcohol/drug evaluations and education, premarital counseling, divorce coach for adult, children, and adolescents, chronic pain specialist and boundary management specialist. I also do achieve client's goals speedily, cognitive/behavioral and sf therapy, understand temperament issues, coach and consultation services, and education and support services. All services are tailored to each client. I see clients in my offices. I'm currently located in Fredericksburg and Manassas. Please contact us to begin your journey!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I have had many years of training and experience in working with diverse patients in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and am very easy to work with and flexible in my approach Everything!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

My style is distinctive because I adjust my approach and treatment modalities to your needs and not the opposite. Most professionals use a specific therapeutic method for most of their clients. I start off from believing that every person is unique and every situation equally exclusive. Therefore, a particular modality or a combination of techniques will be the best fit for each client. I feel comfortable integrating a variety of therapeutic techniques into my treatment plans, from cognitive-behavioral techniques to psychodynamic insight oriented interpretation as well as emotionally focus approaches. I also try to offer my clients several options (short-term and long-term options) and discuss with them what best suit their needs in the moment. Help people have better lives by having healthy relationships, healthy self esteem, solving past traumas, and loving themselves.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families on a broad spectrum of issues, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss, family transitions, separation, divorce, and childhood trauma. My goal is to bring hope, and help you construct positive changes in your life.


As the only licensed Systems Centered therapist in the DC area, together, we will explore how to get more of what you want and deserve. In a supportive and safe environment, you will learn specific methods to reduce anxiety, depression and identify patterns that may have served you at one time but are not working now. Our initial sessions will be focused on exploring the issues that are important to you to determine the goals that you want to achieve. We will begin to develop trust, respect and a personal connection, so that you feel safe and understood. I use a blend of techniques which are tailored to your specific needs in order to achieve therapeutic success. I have a systems orientation and include humanistic, cognitive and psycho-dynamic elements. I use an interactive partnership and will encourage you to provide me with feedback throughout our work together. I have advanced study and training with the Systems Centered Training and Research Institute since 1997. I have worked as a leadership coach and organizational consultant to several industries including hospitality, government agencies, and have been in collaboration with the chair of the Department of Clinical Management and Leadership Development at GW Hospital.


Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy including Couples Groups and a Young Adult Group. For more details Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Group Therapy including Couples Groups and a Young Adult Group. For more details


There are many professional helpers available today however many are not trained in evidence-based treatment approaches like cognitive behavior therapy. I am. I also provide a unique clinical service called in vivo exposure therapy. This service provides the option to do clinical exposure work outside of the office (particularly effective for panic while driving, fear or tunnels, bridges, elevators etc). I am constantly learning and growing from each collaboration with clients. Truly rewarding.


Professional counseling services is being provided by A Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Gaithersburg, MD.


“Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an approach to therapy that demands full and active collaboration between the patient and therapist. The patient is expected to bring a will to live as fulfilled and happy a life as possible. In using ISTDP I approach the patient's time as invaluable, and believe the wisest approach is to be up front with the patient immediately and continuously, to bring relief from suffering in the fastest and safest way possible. Therapy is typically conducted on a weekly basis following the initial evaluation until goals are achieved. Deep and lasting change is possible in a reasonable, cost-effective time frame. Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISDTP), originally developed by Habib Davanloo, M.D., is a scientifically validated method of psychotherapy which dramatically accelerates the therapy, so that patients see measurable results immediately. I have long sought a therapeutic approach that would help free patients from their emotional burdens, where even after a few sessions they're aware of a difference down to their emotional & physical core. I happily see this approach bring my patients enduring relief from symptoms and long-term fulfillment.” Joining someone in celebrating when they find the relief they've been looking for. Patients often come to me having a long history in therapy, and fearful they will fall short of achieving the long-term relief from anxiety and depression they desire. When they start to feel hope in the first session, I enjoy seeing the relief that starts to come over their face. When they come in 10-20 sessions later and report improvement in work, marriage, relationships, social comfort, there is no match for the joy this causes in me.


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and the District of Columbia. I was raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where I graduated from Northampton High School. I received my undergraduate degree in Science, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech. I received my first employment in the counseling field as an intensive in home counselor on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. At that time, I was working with adolescents who were at risk of out of home placement. I enjoyed the work, and decided to further my education by enrolling in Old Dominion University’s (ODU) graduate program in counseling. While in graduate school, I continued to work in various capacities in mental health. I worked as a day treatment, mental health skills building, and intensive in home counselor. I aim to provide psychotherapy in the home setting to assist adults, children, and families with their mental stability. I truly enjoy working with individuals and families, and watching them grow through their clinical journey to a place where self-esteem and coping skills are optimal.

  • 11 years in business

Rob Williams is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Certified Group Psychotherapist and the founder of Aida Therapy. Rob offers individual and group psychotherapy for adults and couples and on-going programs in spirituality and mindfulness. With a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and two Master's degrees, in Business Administration and Social Work, Rob has experience in public, private, and non-profit organizations and he now brings together his psychological acumen, business experience, mindful awareness, and multicultural sensitivity in his Dupont Circle therapy. Rob specializes in helping people with life transitions, addictions, relationship issues, anxiety & mood dysregulation, and LGBT issues. Psychotherapy is the reconnection with the real you through patient, compassionate, mindful inquiry and attention. Assumptions and beliefs about yourself, others and the world, are questioned. Emotions that you may be unaware of are brought to conscious awareness, where they can be felt and finally released. There is tremendous healing in being witnessed and seen for who you really are, without any judgment or criticism. As you begin to feel better about yourself, possible solutions to your problems become more obvious.

  • 5 years in business

I offer a practical approach to wellness/healing. I know that it's not just the time spent with me receiving a massage, but the guidance I can provide to figure out what is causing the pain and offer practical solutions to be free. I love helping people find freedom from the pains and anxieties and suffering that plagues day to day life and feel better and more able to live the kind of life they desire.


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working with individuals and couples in their most challenging times. My areas of expertise are relationship issues, burnout and stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, spiritual concerns, mind-body disorders, chronic pain and chronic fatigue. I work in the latest modalities of therapeutic change based on attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. I use highly effective evidence based approaches. For more than a decade I have been practicing Yoga and Meditation and also am a Certified Personal Trainer. Should you be willing to incorporate movement into your therapy or would like help with meditation experience, please let me know. Working with all of the aspects of you (mind-body-spirit) is a fantastic way to promote healing on all levels. Services are being provided in English, German, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian. I've came to understand that therapeutic work reaches its highest potential when I allow my creativity to flow. I care a lot about relaxed atmosphere and a safe therapeutic space to help unfold creative thinking and problem solving in my clients' minds. If you like to move while working through issues - we will go outside, so also your body gets benefits. Working with clients, I provide services that bring healing and together, we focus on solutions, rather than problems. I truly believe that humans are hardwired to grow and evolve, and it is not necessary to be in therapy forever. I will show you an ultimate shortcut to feeling better: the power of your focus that opens the “airways” for creativity and solutions.


I provide psychotherapy and sex therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. I am a licensed social worker and a certified sex therapist (diplomate) and supervisor (by the American Association of Sexuality, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists - AASECT). I tailor a different treatment program for each client, depending on the issue involved, the situation, the strengths of the client(s), and his/her/their personalities. I was listed in the Washingtonian as one of the top psychotherapists in the area, specializing in sexual issues.


We offer a variety of medication and psychotherapy options by nationally recognized clinicians. We tailor the treatments to your particular needs and preferences. Our staff is often invited to teach other clinicians, and have written books, been published in journals, and frequently give interviews on TV, in newspapers, and well-known magazines. Our treatments are cutting-edge. Most importantly, we truly care about our patients. You will easily see the difference in quality.


With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Lipman provides expert marriage & relationship counseling and psychotherapy. Positions at Yale, Penn, Georgetown, consultant to White House, Department of State, CNN, BBC, Washington Post.


Are you feeling stuck? Are you being kept awake at night by unwanted thoughts and feelings? Perhaps you feel numb or depressed, anxious or overwhelmed? If any of this feeling is true for you right now, slowing down and listening to yourself can help, and having someone to listen with you can help even more. Your own inner wisdom is available to you, whether you sense it or not. Depending on the challenges you have faced, this inner wisdom can become hidden as you live your life, doing the best you can with the resources you have. The good news is that it is possible to feel better. It is possible to regain your footing and tap into your unique strengths, wisdom and goodness. Through guided psychotherapy focused on your moment-to-moment experience, we will work together to build your capacity to respond to life's challenges. As we work together, you may find that your inner wisdom was there all along, but you just needed a helpful guide to recover it.

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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