Individual Therapy

We provide therapy at our Washington D.C. (Tenleytown) office, and by teletherapy in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and 28 other states.

We offer individual psychotherapy to older adolescents, college students, young professionals, adults, and seniors. A typical session lasts 50 minutes and is scheduled once a week; other arrangements can be made based on the client’s preferences. We offer a 30-minute initial consultation free of charge to see which therapist would be the best fit for you.

We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger and other issues. The Problems We Treat section on this page includes a complete list.

We treat adults and adolescents suffering from significant emotional instability, interpersonal problems, and/or impulse control problems through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT was developed to assist individuals who self-harm or engage in other destructive behaviors, and has since been extended to help depressed and anxious clients who struggle with regulating their emotions and reactions, and who also have ongoing interpersonal problems.

In our Acceptance and Commitment Therapy programs, we combine traditional behavioral therapy with an emphasis on helping clients clarify their own values and lead more purposeful lives. In addition to helping clients suffering from anxiety, we can assist those who feel stuck after losing satisfaction or meaning in their lives.

Anxiety: If you suffer from uncontrollable worry and free-floating anxiety, or if you have specific fears (for example, anxiety associated with social, health, claustrophobia, or flying concerns), our therapists can work with you to help you overcome those obstacles. In addition to exposure therapy, other CBT methods are often effective in treating anxiety.

Depression: Feeling sad, helpless, tired, overwhelmed, or unable to truly enjoy anything is an indication of depression. Other signs include changes in sleeping and eating patterns, frequent crying, guilt and shame, difficulty making decisions and focusing, or acts of self-harm. Based on CBT principles and including other approaches (derived from interpersonal and existential approaches), our integrative approach can significantly improve your life.

Insomnia and other sleep problems: It may be difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep, or your sleep quality may be poor so that you are always tired. Stress, anxiety, or depression can all contribute to sleep problems. We can provide relief in both cases. With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), we provide the most effective non-drug therapy for sleep problems and disorders.

Panic attacks: There are few psychological experiences scarier than having a panic attack. Our therapists are highly skilled at guiding you to complete recovery using CBT and exposure therapy. Through our work together, we can change people’s lives when they suffer from panic attacks.

Irritability and anger:  When you are irritable, angry, or rage starts affecting your relationships at work or home, it is time to seek help. Treatment for anger-related problems is offered by our therapists based on CBT principles and tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of each individual client.

OCD: A specific type of CBT known as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) may be helpful. (ERP is described in detail on this page.) In addition to ERP, our therapists provide an integrative OCD treatment that is tailored to each client’s individual needs.

PTSD: Both Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) are trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies. For people with PTSD, these treatment methods have been proven to be effective. (See more about PTSD treatments on this page.)

Work, relationship, and parenting issues: People encounter problems at home and at work – that’s part of being human. However, sometimes these problems recur frequently or become worse over time. Our CBT therapists can provide you with skills that can help you develop effective, practical strategies that can transform your relationships, career, and parenting.

Our psychotherapy is based on these principles:

  1. We provide highly individualized care, tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each client. Each client’s treatment approach is determined based on the therapist’s clinical skills and scientifically-based assessment measures.
  2. The treatments we offer are evidence-based and have been shown to help with a variety of issues. There is a strong scientific basis for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and related approaches.
  3. Psychological treatment is a collaborative process, during which both client and therapist are actively involved in understanding the client’s background and issues, establishing goals, selecting therapy priorities, and evaluating progress. As we like to say: We are experts in CBT, but you are the expert in YOU.
  4. CBT, DBT, and similar treatments can be successfully provided by our team. Experts in the field, our therapists were trained at the top U.S. institutions. Additionally, all of ABTI’s therapists have been involved in mentoring, supervision, and research.
  5. A useful psychological treatment involves much more than simply giving support in traditional talk therapy. We provide skills-based therapy – teaching you ways to deal with negative emotions and difficulties in life.
  6. During our treatment, we work collaboratively with other providers you may be seeing (e.g. family doctors, psychiatrists, and other specialists). We initiate contact with your physicians and other healthcare professionals with your consent.

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