This group is co-led by two experienced psychologists with decades of experience each helping people live more fulfilling lives and connect more deeply in relationships. Ideal candidates for the group are people who want to further their growth and depth of understanding themselves while trying to overcome limiting relational patterns developed through previous experiences. The focus is both on supporting each other with outside life struggles and on here and now processing, with encouragement, challenge, and humor to help try out new ways of treating ourselves and others in relationship.
Dr. Matthew Leary is a Clinical Psychologist in Bethesda, MD who specializes in trauma, chronic illnesses, identity issues, and shame. He sees couples, families, and conducts groups for adolescents and adults as well.
Clients who seek Dr. Leary’s counsel may be navigating repercussions from experiences of trauma, including abuse or ongoing recovery from a chronic illness. Others are struggling to manage their work-life balance, and may be internally questioning their sense of purpose and identity. Dr. Leary takes a sensorimotor approach to treatment, combining mind-body awareness with a mindfulness perspective. He also incorporates Gestalt therapy to help clients understand their experiences in the present in order to gain deeper self-awareness.
Dr. Leary strives to help each of his clients develop a capacity for self-compassion. He also cares deeply about charting progress in treatment, and checks in collaboratively with clients to outline and track goals. His practice is open to all, and is LGBTQIA+ friendly. He looks forward to working with you.