Meet Jennifer Bakalar, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Bakalar is a licensed psychologist who specializes in treating the impact of stress, trauma, loss, and transition on the connections between mental and physical health. She is particularly experienced in working with individuals who have experienced psychological/emotional abuse, medical trauma, moral injury, traumatic loss, weight stigma, emotional eating, binge eating, and relationship concerns. She applies an integrative treatment approach, which is grounded in Relational Therapy. Following a collaborative discussion with each client about their individual needs, she incorporates techniques from additional modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Dr. Bakalar earned her Ph.D. in the dual-track Medical & Clinical Psychology program at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). She completed clinical training at sites including the National Institutes of Health, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center Health Psychology Program, and the American University Counseling Center’s APA-Accredited Internship Program. After graduate school, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Victims of Violence Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Bakalar’s treatment philosophy is rooted in her belief in the transformative potential of meaningful, authentic connections both within and beyond the therapeutic relationship. From this foundation, she is committed to understanding each client’s concerns in the context of their life story, their intersecting identities, and their sociocultural environment. Her style is affirming, caring, and welcoming of humor, metaphor, writing, and other forms of creative expression. She invites and encourages her clients to share the full range of their experience in therapy – from pain to joy to awkwardness, and beyond.
Dr. Bakalar works via our HIPAA compliant telehealth platform and offers limited in person appointments in our Washington DC office.