Advanced Training and
My interest in being a therapist developed in a way that is probably not unusual for therapists. As I went through school, I become interested in understanding myself and my pain. I started out trying to find a way to make myself feel better, and that seemed to lead to this profession that involves helping other people deal more effectively with their feelings. I have been a therapist for over 20 years.
I received an M.A.in psychology from Temple University in 1970, and an M.S.W. in social work from the University of Maryland in 1995. Since 1995, I have been in private practice as a Clinical Social Worker, working with adults, first in Germantown, MD and now in Bethesda, MD.
Since receiving my clinical license, I have done twelve years of advanced training as a therapist. From 2004 to 2010, I was in psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP&P), studying Self Psychology, and Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. I recently graduated as a certified contemporary psychoanalyst. Before that I spent six years studying British Object Relations at the Int'l Psychotherapy Institute (IPI).
As part of my training for my M.S.W., I did two clinical internships. The first was a one-year internship at N.I.H. in Bethesda, MD, working with adult cancer patients around issues of pain and loss associated with serious illness, learning to live after receiving a terminal diagnosis, death and dying. The second was a two-year internship at the Counseling Center at American University, Washington, DC, doing psychotherapy with undergraduate and graduate students.
Before becoming a social worker, I received an M.A. in psychology from Temple University, and worked eight years as a psychologist. I spent four year at a psychiatric hospital near Philadelphia, PA, doing inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy and psychological testing. In my final year I was Assistant Director of an inpatient psychosocial program. I then spent one year as a Crisis Intervention Counselor working with troubled teens and preteens to reduce teenage delinquency and drug abuse, and four years as Clinical Director of a Youth Bureau in Southern Maryland.
Professional Licenses and Memberships
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Maryland, License # 09842
Approved Clinical Supervisor, Board of Social Work Examiners, State of Maryland
Certified Psychoanalyst, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Member, Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work
Member, International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology
If you'd like to learn more, call me at 301-652-5507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or ask questions.