Licensed Psychologist in Washington, DC
Frequently Asked Questions
About Couples and Individual Counseling with Michael Radkowsky, Licensed Psychologist in Washington, DC
How does therapy work?
Both individual psychotherapy and couples therapy give you the opportunity to clarify how you want to live your life. Whether you are depressed, anxious, having a rough time in your relationship, or just eager to move into a better groove, I will help you recognize when and how you may be getting in your own way; and help you identify how you can move forward.
If you are struggling in your life or in your marriage, you could likely benefit from individual or couples therapy. People who come to see me are tired of going around in circles and want to find solutions for truly getting unstuck. If this resonates with you, you may want to try psychotherapy.
What sorts of issues do you help individuals and couples with in psychotherapy?
As a psychologist, I work with people who are sad or depressed; anxious; struggling to get past traumatic experiences or develop self-esteem; seeking more fulfillment; or wanting to develop a more meaningful life. Often individuals or couples see me to create a satisfying relationship, resolve differences, build trust, or improve their sex life.
More information on issues I address with clients in individual and couples counseling in Washington, DC.
Do you only work with married couples in couples counseling?
Absolutely not! I work with couples in couples therapy whether they are just starting out or have been together for decades; living separately, registered domestic partners, or legally married. Couples I see may be deeply committed to each other, or may be wanting to get clear if they want to be together (or stay together). And of course, I work with both gay and straight couples.
How long does it take to feel better from psychotherapy?
There is no set time in which you will feel better. I will do my best to help you quickly figure out how you want to proceed, so that you are able move forward in directions that will bring you increased self-esteem, improved mood and greater life satisfaction.
I usually work with individuals once or twice per week, depending on the specifics of their lives and the issues they are working on. I usually work with couples once a week at first, and then biweekly as they move toward a better relationship.
I offer psychotherapy to individuals and couples both daytime and evening hours, Mondays through Fridays.
Where is your office located?
My psychotherapy office is located on Connecticut Avenue in Washington DC, directly across from the National Zoo in the Woodley Park/Cleveland Park neighborhood. My office is a short walk from the Woodley Park and Cleveland Park stops on the Red Line of the Washington DC Metro.
What parts of the Washington DC area do you serve?
I am accessible to all parts of Washington DC. In addition, you can easily get to my office from Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and other Montgomery County, Maryland suburbs; and from Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church, and other Northern Virginia suburbs, if you are seeking individual or couples counseling.
I'm really stressed. What can I do to feel better?
Generally, I recommend a healthy diet (including breakfast!), frequent exercise, and good sleep habits to people who are seeking relief from stress. Meditation is a great way to practice letting go of upsetting thoughts and feelings. Here is a short meditation that I often teach clients. You may find that this meditation helps deepen your sense of well-being and peace.
My partner and I are struggling. Can any therapist help us to improve our relationship, or should we be looking for someone with special training to help couples?
Any licensed therapist can work with couples, but couples therapy is a uniquely challenging type of psychotherapy that requires specialized training and skill to effectively help struggling couples. A well-trained couples therapist has the experience and perspective to help even the most troubled marriage to improve. (Of course, this takes great effort and dedication by both partners as well.)
In addition to my training as a psychologist, I have many years of training specifically to work with couples, and many years of experience helping couples in couples therapy.
Michael Radkowsky, Psy.D.
~ 20 years experience ~
"I help clients create strong relationships and fulfilling lives."
3000 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 137
Washington, DC 20008
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