Therapists Specializing in Self Harm in Washington DC

Self-harm, also called self-injury, is where someone deliberately injures themself in a way that is not intended to end their life. In many cases, people use self-harm as a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotions. However, it poses a risk and danger to the individual’s safety, and people often end up feeling worse. Self-harm is also associated with various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders.

The therapists below can help individuals increase awareness of and understand the reasons for self-harm. In therapy, individuals learn to identify triggers, develop safer and healthier coping strategies, implement self-soothing techniques, and bolster communication skills. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are probably the best-known, most effective treatment approaches for self-harm, although therapeutic approaches vary among therapists and depend on each individual’s specific challenges.

Find therapists in Washington DC who specialize in self-harm below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Diana  Mayer

Diana Mayer

4827 Rugby Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I'm committed to helping children and adolescents develop healthy skills to cope with the inevitable challenges of life, while supporting parents in the art of juggling parenting, work, and self-care.

By providing a strength base, collaborative and solution focus therapy approach, I'll guide you and your family towards better patterns of relation and more productive ways of communication. Looking forward to engaging with you and help achieve your goals.


Drew  Joseph

Drew Joseph

2000 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

If your relationship or marriage is in a tough spot, don’t despair! It’s normal to encounter problems in intimate relationships. Since couples seeking counseling typically feel embarrassed, or like they have failed in some significant way, I prefer to lead with what’s positive. My first priority is to restore hope—hope that, although you may have fought the same fight a thousand times, it is still possible for you and your partner to learn and grow.

I believe that love and intimacy are essential to all of our lives. Even if your relationship is mired in negativity, I will still be your champion. I have never told a couple, “You guys should split up.” That’s your decision, not mine. But if you ask me, I will tell you what I’m thinking or feeling. I definitely do not serve as a “blank screen.” I have biases. I am biased toward telling the truth; toward working things out together; toward laughter and play; toward women’s empowerment; and toward honoring the wisdom of feelings.

When you and your partner are facing greater problems than you can manage on your own, please give me a call. I can help you sort things out.


Deborah  Meisel

Deborah Meisel

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

4401 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Preston Place, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

I am a seasoned clinician with extensive experience as a therapist for adolescents, adults, couples, parents, and families from various cultural backgrounds.

My goal is to team with clients to reach a better emotional place. Working with your personal strengths and specific goals, we can help you gain new skills to cope with and overcome the challenges you are facing.

My style is collaborative and we can find solutions together. Success requires honesty, understanding, strong communication skills, and a willingness to work through difficulties.

Often people shy away from getting help. Seeking support and guidance is a valuable investment in yourself and those you love.

As a licensed professional my specialty is supporting people who are ready to make changes in their life.

These changes include emotional concerns, addressing life transitions, coping with cancer and other medical concerns, exploring family and relationship challenges, and living successfully with various mental health challenges such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression.


Margot  Lamson

Margot Lamson

1555 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 - $175 per session

We are all survivors of something: our childhood, families, career, or a variety of other experiences. You are the expert in your life. My goal is to help you understand your experience and support you in your journey.

Together we create a space to help you listen to your body, heal from the past, and feel more joy in the present. 

If you, or your child, are ready to take that next step in therapy, then I look forward to working with you!


Katie  Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

1350 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

One of my favorite therapist sayings is, "if nothing changes, nothing changes." I sincerely enjoy helping clients explore all of the unique strengths and coping skills that they already know, and then supporting them in discovering and using new skills to improve their mental health. In my practice, connection-building with my clients is extremely important. I always want to create a safe space where any person can feel validated, supported, and understood. All of us deserve the opportunity to feel our best and I would be honored to help you discover what your best looks like.


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