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    Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

    - Aristotle

  • Why talk therapy?

    Those who engage in talk therapy and commit to seeing it through bring about personal emotional growth and a more satisfying life. Patients enter therapy for a variety of reasons. Do you struggle with one or more of the following problems?

    • You suffer from recurring symptoms of anxiety or depression for which you would like understanding and symptom relief without the use of medication
    • You want to feel more joy and satisfaction in your personal relationships
    • You would like to end a pattern of self-sabotaging behavior that holds you back from achieving more in your love relations or work life
    • You deny yourself the experience of true intimacy with another, for reasons that you don’t understand and can’t seem to prevent
    • You behave in ways that preclude the possibility of joyful living, for example repeatedly choosing narcissistic personalities with whom you fall in love
    • You recently entered a life crisis around the end of a love relationship, the illness or death of a loved one, or severe job stress
    • You may know what you want but feel uncertain about how to move toward your goals.
    • You may feel stuck in a life that feels out of control

    If you are experiencing one or more of these life problems, then you may benefit from seeking therapy with one of our psychotherapists here at Potomac Psychiatry. To learn more please give us a call at 301.984.9791

    Whatever inspires your desire for change, we are ready to provide comprehensive therapy services to assist you with your journey toward positive change and growth. We have many years of experience helping clients with proven, practical and eclectic therapy techniques, delivered with knowledge and compassion. Each of our therapists has also been in talk therapy themselves.

    What is necessary in making this commitment to therapy, in sitting with a psychotherapist and examining one’s life? At its core, the psychotherapeutic relationship requires shared courage on the part of the patient and the therapist. At the beginning of talk therapy, and from time-to-time throughout its course, the experience can feel quite scary for the patient. Coming to terms with certain realities heretofore avoided is emotionally challenging, and may feel daunting and overwhelming. At times extremely painful feelings, embarrassing or shameful fantasies, and troubling memories will arise during the course of therapy, all demanding the courage to confront, explore, understand, and resolve them.

    Two novel perspectives on therapy were recently shared with us by two patients. A young adult patient  – a tough, charismatic, and highly talented college football player – put it like this, “You have to man up, and face yourself in therapy.” Another patient, a middle-aged professional woman from the financial services industry, described therapy as a place where “You are not a side effect of your life, you are an active participant in your own well-being.”

    An important element in longer-term psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy is analyzing the unconscious causes of self-sabotaging behaviors that often originate in childhood relationships. In the course of therapy, as the patient grows increasingly familiar with the technique of “free association”, he or she will speak whatever comes into their mind, without holding back or censoring their thoughts, fantasies or feelings. As free association proceeds, the patient may re-experience prior events in his or her life with great emotional force, at times so powerful that they literally believe that they are actually living through the experience at that moment. This is called abreaction. As a result of the abreactive experiences, and the caring and empathy provided by the therapist, the traumatic event may be recast in a new cognitive framework, and be viewed without distortion through adult eyes, enabling the patient to finally let go of the trauma and leave it behind.

    The foundational elements of a successful therapy include tenacity, the development of trust, feeling understood and cared about, feeling emotionally “held” through difficult and painful moments, mutual respect, a high level of technical skill on the part of the therapist, and a shared optimism regarding the outcome. The therapist must also embody a deeply held belief in the human spirit’s capacity for growth and change. Ultimately it takes heart, and a strong belief in the patient’s (and one’s own) courage, to forge ahead into the unknown.

    The benefits of talk therapy include:

    • to alleviate your emotional and psychological symptoms
    • to reduce entrenchment of psychological problems
    • to resolve your personal issues with guidance and support
    • to make personal changes
    • to return you to a healthy or healthier status
    • to have an objective perspective and professional opinion regarding what is causing your problems and how to effectively treat them

    We are actively engaged with you in your sessions, not just passive observers and listeners, and work hard on your behalf to bring understanding and relief in the context of a trusting relationship

    Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

    Maryland (MD):
    Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902

    Washington DC:
    Crestwood 20011- North Capitol Hill 20002 - Cathedral Heights 20016 - American University Park 20016 - Columbia Heights 20010 - Mount Pleasant 20010 - Downtown 20036 - Dupont Circle 20009 - Logan Circle 20005- Adams Morgan 20009 - Chevy Chase 20015 - Georgetown 20007 - Cleveland Park 20008 - Foggy Bottom 20037 - Rock Creek Park - Woodley Park 20008 - Tenleytown 20016

    Northern Virginia:
    McLean 22101- McLean 22102 - McLean 22106 - Great Falls 22066 - Arlington 22201 - Arlington 22202 - Arlington 22203 - Arlington 22205 - Falls Church 22041 - Vienna 22181 - Alexandria 22314