Therapists Providing Psychodynamic Therapy in Washington DC

Psychodynamic therapy is based on Freud’s psychoanalytic theory that thoughts and behaviors are influenced by our unconscious mind and past experiences. Through collaborative conversation, clients deepen their awareness and understanding of the unconscious mind. Unlike traditional psychoanalysis, therapists often meet with clients once weekly over several months rather than several years.

Find therapists in Washington DC who are trained in Psychodynamic Therapy below. All providers have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Matthew   Leary

Matthew Leary

4809 Saint Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

We all need help sometimes dealing with life's struggles and challenges. You don't have to go through it alone. I find it takes courage for people to reach out for help and support, and that it is so valuable to invest in yourself to make the time to just be yourself for an hour a week and talk about whatever is important to you without needing to prove yourself or fearing being judged.

With my 15 years of experience as a psychologist and psychotherapist, we will work together to make deep, long-lasting changes to move through your pain and improve the quality of your life. You don't have to let stress, anxiety, anger, trauma, shame, or loss run your life or ruin your relationships. I have had countless clients share with me their appreciation about how much our therapy has improved their lives and made them feel more whole, brave, empowered, and authentic. I look forward to having the opportunity to partner with you in creating a more deep, rich, fulfilling life.


Cheryl  Schenck

Cheryl Schenck

1655 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA, 22209

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $160 per session

I look forward to being able to sit with you and help you find your place of healing, a sense of well being, and connection with others. I believe in the power of the relationship in the therapy itself, and its value in conveying that to healthy and connected relationships in the rest of life. In working through hard stuff like past trauma, or current betrayals, or facing the hard realities of the behaviors you don’t want, its so important to feel safe, and know that you won’t be judged. That’s what you will find in my office. I bring warmth and comfort while at the same time dealing with uncomfortable emotions, and difficulties that need to be resolved.


Laura  George

Laura George

730 24th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20037

Online Sessions, DC

Insurances: Aetna, Medicare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $95 - $125 per session

I am curious to get to know you and appreciate what makes you unique and special, in the here and now. At the same time, I believe psychotherapy involves growth and potential.

I hope that together we can explore growth, but I believe that in order to move forward you often must consider and make choices, even when your options are limited. As we consider your choices, I want you to feel that my office is a safe space to talk and explore. In this non-judgmental place, I also hope we can examine your relationship patterns and coping mechanisms, and consider whether to strengthen or modify them.


Ryan   Robinson

Ryan Robinson

1826 Jefferson Place Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $210 per session

I believe the therapeutic relationship is an important factor in the process of reaching your therapeutic goals. This is why a primary focus of mine is to build a strong therapeutic alliance with support, validation and acceptance. It is through building a trusting relationship that we can begin the process of deepening the therapeutic work. I strive to create a safe and warm environment where individuals can begin to identify, challenge and eventually change maladaptive relational patterns.

I also believe that our life and cultural experiences, especially our earliest ones, are fundamental in shaping the way we view ourselves and others. It is essential to understand my patient's cultural identity (i.e., race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, class) and how it has shaped their development. Often negative life experiences can create problematic ways of coping and a skewed perception of who we are in the world. This can lead to a variety of issues related to anxiety, depression, shame, rejection, stress, relationship issues, identity development, grief/loss, and sexual intimacy.


Kathleen  Nardella

Kathleen Nardella

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $150 per session

A special note to my prospective online clients: I feel privileged to help my clients through a variety of challenges as they embrace life transitions. Working together, I can help you move forward with confidence and strength.
Many of my clients come to me with mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. I am very mindful of the degree to which you appear to be impacted in your daily life by these symptoms when we are working together. Please understand that your safety and well-being is most important to me. I am not equipped in my current office setting to manage severe depression, active thoughts of harming yourself in any way, or thoughts and ideas that do not connect to existing reality. If we begin working together and symptoms like these become apparent, I will make additional referrals for you in order to assure that you receive the best possible care and support.

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255


Tracy L. Thomas

Tracy L. Thomas

1200 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20005

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $230 per session

Life can be overwhelming. It's hard to navigate all the expectations and responsibilities of a busy life. It can lead to simultaneously feeling as if you're "too much” and “not enough.”

I will work with you to set goals, examine difficulties, and find realistic solutions that provide relief and clarity. I want to help you to improve your day-to-day life.

My personality is authentic, direct, and interactive. By employing empathy, honesty, and a touch of humor, I believe it helps to create a comfortable working environment to meet your needs.


Abby  LePage

Abby LePage

Online Sessions, DC

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $185 per session

There are so many reasons why you might find yourself here right now. Maybe you have been feeling out of control and unable to manage your emotions. Maybe you have noticed a disconnect in your relationships. Or maybe you find yourself struggling with moving forward in some part of your life. All of this is understandable and a normal part of being human. While it might feel like nothing can change or be different for you, the very fact that you are here speaks to some part of you that believes change is possible.

In therapy I give my patients the space to voice their experiences and concerns. Often, the very act of naming our troubles can bring a sense of relief—we are finally being heard. I also challenge my patients on their firmly held beliefs, as this can often lead to realizations and insights that set the groundwork for change. Therapy can be nerve wracking, even if you’ve sought help in the past. Because of this, I see my role as providing you with the support and encouragement you need. I am there with you, walking the same path and helping you find patterns and connections as they become clear. I value the trust you place in me as your therapist, your willingness to be open in our sessions and discuss emotional and vulnerable topics. My goal is to make sure that you feel supported enough to move forward with this (often difficult) work. 


Melanie  Soilleux

Melanie Soilleux

2000 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $190 per session

Therapy can be helpful when emotions are increasingly distressing, relationships are disappointing, life circumstances are unsatisfying, stressors are overwhelming, or some aspect of you life is not working. Together, we will work to increase self-awareness, deepen your understanding of your relationships, minimize your distress, and establish meaningful and lasting change.

Clients and colleagues describe my style as collaborative, warm, compassionate, empowering, and active. My role is to create an open and trusting environment where you can freely explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. Therapy is most successful when there is a supportive relationship where you can also be challenged in order to develop increased self-awareness. Through mutual respect and trust, we will create a safe atmosphere for the valuable work of self-exploration, growth, and change to occur.


Rebekah  Montgomery

Rebekah Montgomery

2101 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20037

Online Sessions, DC

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

People seek therapy for a variety of reasons. Therapy can be useful if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation, to face and feel free from your past, improve your relationships, or to work towards personal growth and change. Therapy can be helpful if stressors are getting overwhelming, relationships are disappointing, or if some aspect of your life is not working.
Clients and colleagues describe my style as warm, genuine, caring and active. I believe establishing a strong, safe, and trusting therapy relationship is the foundation for success and change in therapy. I have extensive experience working with clients facing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, as well as self esteem and relationship difficulties. I work with clients navigating struggles or dissatisfaction within their career or educational endeavors. I also provide couples therapy and have expertise working with couples around improving emotional connection, intimacy and communication. In a supportive non-judgmental atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the growth and change they’re striving for.


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