DC Psychotherapy (swoosh logo) Central Washington Psychotherapy Associates 

Psychotherapy in the Washington, DC metro area


Laurie Young, Ph.D., LICSW


I believe that people have the ability to live with intention, and to create lives full of satisfaction and fulfillment. People often come to therapy in crisis, or with a sense that something in their lives must change. These points in our lives, however distressing, are actually gifts because they represent opportunities for growth.

I use an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, using psychodynamic principles to understand how experiences in our past shape who we are today. In therapy, people learn how their early relationships predispose them to certain behaviors and automatic responses – including the way they handle stress and anxiety. Gaining insight about those habitual responses expands our choices about how to react and gets us “unstuck” -- which can be the starting point for building the life we want.

I have more than 30 years of experience in private practice, working with individuals, couples and groups. I’m a member of the executive committee of the National Coalition of Mental Health and Aging, and have served on the board of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (which has a membership of 11 million women through 215 member organizations). As a leader in mental health, I have also briefed Congress on LGBT issues, midlife and aging, women’s issues, and diversity.

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the vehicle for helping people change; I know the work we do together will lead you to where you want to be. I look forward to our shared journey.


Phone: 202.489.4900
Email: Inquiry@DCPsychotherapy.com


I use a psychodynamic orientation to work with individuals, couples, and groups. My specialties include: