DC Health Psychology is a small specialty practice supporting people to get and stay healthy, recover from illness, manage stress, move through trauma, and/or cope with chronic health and medical conditions.
We offer state-of-the-art therapeutic services via HIPAA compliant telehealth and in-person*.
*In person sessions in Maryland and Washington DC are limited.
In all of our groups, individual appointments, and workshops or classes, you can expect our team members to share these core values.
1. You deserve respect. We believe you deserve respect from others and from yourself. No matter what you weigh, what has happened in your past, how much pain you are in, or how depressed or anxious you feel right now, you deserve to be treated with respect. We provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to work on making real, sustainable change. We work with you to identify the changes that you want, not the change that anyone else says you need.
2. Shame doesn't motivate. Whether it is shame from others or from your own negative self-talk, it simply does not work to help you achieve your goals, no matter what your goals may be. Many people come to us feeling ashamed by their weight, body, behaviors or physical/mental health status. They feel like a failure for struggling and have long lists of "shoulds" that never seem to happen. We understand and will help you challenge and change these internal struggles that may be getting in your way of better health, wellbeing and happiness.
3. You can learn to trust yourself. Our clients want to, and often know how to take care of their bodies and minds, but are struggling to do it. For some, it's the mixed messages and countless experts' changing advice that blunts their intuitive sense of self-care. For others, a history of trauma, anxiety/depression, yo-yo dieting, or bullying, teasing, and shaming have resulted in avoidance and disconnection. We help you to slow things down and tune in to what feels best for you. Using evidenced-based tools like CBT, IPT and other treatments, we help you reconnect your body and mind so that you can do what you have been wanting to do all along: feel better.
Physical health & mental health are undeniably linked.
You can't heal one without healing the other.
When you address stress, anxiety, depression, relationship strain or trauma, your physical condition will improve. And, when you take care of your body, your mental health benefits, too.
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