DC Psychotherapy (swoosh logo) Central Washington Psychotherapy Associates 

Psychotherapy in the Washington, DC metro area


Erin P. Johannesen, M.A., M.D.

Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

As a physician who specializes in adult psychiatry, I see patients/clients from college age to the elderly. I enjoy doing psychotherapy and may, as helpful or appropriate for an individual's care, also prescribe and oversee psychiatric medication management. Whenever possible, I believe the doctor-patient relationship to be a collaborative, respectful, honest, and exploratory one that occurs within a safe and supportive therapeutic environment.

In an emergent crisis, however, my role changes to one of swift action focused on keeping an individual safe.

My aim in psychotherapy is to help an individual navigate through life's challenges and ultimately to realize, embrace, and enjoy more fully his/her potential in life. My intent is to listen carefully to what someone says and to work together to help individuals more fully know themselves and so more wisely discern how to manage their particular life circumstances.

My approach in psychotherapy is eclectic as I believe in using the therapeutic perspective and intervention that is most helpful to an individual in a particular circumstance and time. That said, typically, my approach includes, but is not limited to, psychodynamic, analytic, existential, cognitive, and insight-oriented short and longer-term psychotherapies. I also am open to an individual's incorporating meditation, nutrition, exercise and other possible alternative therapies into his/her overall health and psychiatric care.

Prior to becoming a physician, I received a M.A. degree in the field of Clinical Psychology and worked as a counselor and psychologist in clinical and research settings. I received my M.D. degree from McGill University, completed residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, and completed a one year Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at George Washington University and Inova Fairfax Hospital. I have also held faculty teaching positions at George Washington University School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. I am a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.


Phone: 202.489.4900
Email: Inquiry@DCpsychotherapy.com


I work with young adults, adults, elders and couples using either short- or long-term psychotherapy with an exploratory, psychodynamic focus. I provide medication management when applicable. My specialities include, but are not limited to:

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