Empowering people to live bravely and authentically

About

About

Research shows that psychotherapy is most effective when you feel an authentic connection with your therapist.  Here’s a little bit about me and my background that might help you begin that connection, although the truest test of that will be when we meet.  Please feel free to contact me to ask any questions you might have.

Approach

I am a psychologist with over 15 years of experience conducting individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.  I have skill, training, expertise, and experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with life transitions, relationship issues, infidelity, stress, anxiety, anger, ADHD, trauma, depression, grief and loss, shame, chronic illness, and a wide range of other problems.  I help people work through pain, gain greater awareness, develop mindfulness, understand themselves better, and create meaningful change in their lives.

Through all of my years of training and experience, I have been fortunate to work with a wide range of courageous people looking to heal themselves and create a better life for themselves and the people they loved. I still feel fortunate that the that is the work that I get to do every day.

As an existential/humanistic and systems-oriented therapist, I believe that each therapy is unique, and I will use my training and experience to help you grow in the ways that you are looking for, rather than using a “cookie cutter” approach.  I don’t put people in boxes; rather, I get to know, understand, and connect with you in deeply personal ways.  We will work together to help you live more deeply and authentically in your life, no matter what you are facing.

Contact me so we can get started in helping you work through your struggles, develop greater resilience, and lead a more fulfilling life.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • Internship - Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • MA, Clinical Psychology - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
  • BA, Psychology with General and Departmental Honors, University of Chicago, 1993

Post-Graduate Training

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in Couples and Family Therapy, Council for Relationships, Philadelphia PA
  • Gestalt Training, Appalachian Gestalt Therapy Institute, Asheville, NC

Clinical Work Environments

I have worked with people in a variety of both inpatient and outpatient settings, which has given me a wide range of experiences to draw from in helping you.  These settings include:

  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Outpatient mental health clinics
  • Community mental health clinics
  • In-home individual and family therapy for children at-risk for hospitalization
  • Group practice
  • Private practice

You’re reading this now because like so many people I’ve worked with, you’re feeling stuck, maybe even hopeless or full of despair. I want you to know that I have the personal and professional training and experience to help.

Graduate Professor

I have taught courses, trained, and supervised Masters and Doctoral graduate students at Immaculata University, Long Island University - C. W. Post Campus, and Hofstra University.  Courses I have taught include:  Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Counseling Theories and Techniques, and Child and Adolescent Therapy.  In this work, I have used my experience and expertise to help train the next generation of therapists.

Contact Today



4809 St. Elmo Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

drleary@matthewleary.com
(240) 205-4677

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