Therapists Providing Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Washington DC

Internal Family Systems (IFS) increases self-awareness by exploring the different sub-personalities or “parts” of the mind and nurturing and deepening the connection to the self. The therapist and client work together to understand, engage, and reduce destructive parts of the mind, allowing clients to enjoy the peace and freedom of leading a self-directed life.

Find therapists in Washington DC who are trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) below. All providers 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!


Melissa  Divaris Thompson

Melissa Divaris Thompson

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $275 per session

You may feel like you are functioning in life, but struggling underneath. With so much uncertainty in the world, you may be experiencing more anxiety, sadness, or overwhelm. Perhaps you are struggling in your intimate relationship, with your family or friends or by yourself. No matter your situation, talking to someone can be helpful to feel more grounded, clear, and less stressed.

In allowing ourselves to feel, we create a space within to open and grow. In our busy lives, we often forget our true nature and end up feeling stuck, tired, anxious and unhappy.

As a holistic and depth oriented therapist, my role is to support my adults and couples in finding wholeness — mind, body, and spirit — creating more joy, ease, and healthy relationships. I help my clients remember their empowered authentic voice and “tap back in” to their true self.

In a safe and warm environment, my clients are able to explore their past and their present, to understand what’s missing in their life, what they truly yearn for, and what is keeping them apart from that. Through this exploration, I help clients express their inner most desires, bringing more peace, balance, and happiness to their lives.


The Woolf Center

The Woolf Center

932 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD, 20850

4405 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

Isolation is a major challenge for many of us right now. You are not alone – and at the Woolf Center, we are here to remind you of that. We will help you learn to cope through these and other challenging times. Life is tough, especially nowadays – we hear you and see you, and we understand. We have services available for you whether you are a teen, young adult or a parent.

If you've experienced trauma, the single most important protective factor for healing is to have a community, and a support system. We can help catch you if you feel like you've fallen, and help lift you back up.

If you're feeling burnt out, know this is a real phenomenon for professionals, parents, and caretakers. Therapy is available to help you give a little back to yourself. We strive to show you care, the same way that you do for others. We work closely with you to ensure you are equipped with self-awareness and personal-care tools for sustainable, positive change.

All of our providers at the Woolf Center utilize evidence-based practices for treatment. This includes modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Perinatal Mental Health. All of our therapists are experienced with trauma, whether you have life trauma or a specific event that you perceive as a traumatic experience. You will not have to tell us anything you don't want to, but we will help you with increasing joy, satisfaction, and contentment in the here and now -- no matter how you feel when starting out.


Elizabeth  Piazza-Bonin

Elizabeth Piazza-Bonin

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, VA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I believe that we are all born whole, with inherent abilities to heal and move towards our highest potential. However, in a society fraught with trauma, loss, abuse, rejection, inequality and unrelenting pressures, it's unsurprising that many of us start to view life as void of meaning, purpose, connection and joy. My role as a psychologist is to help you reconnect with your innate healing abilities by giving compassionate attention to the parts of yourself that might have become fragmented or blocked. When doing this work within a safe, supportive relationship, wholeness becomes inevitable.

I view therapy as a deeply relational process, where we each enter as equal partners with our own expertise: mine in evidence-based therapy, and yours in your unique lived experience. When we combine these perspectives in a safe, affirming context, the therapy process can become a catalyst for healing and transformation. Inner peace and joy are possible, no matter what circumstance you might find yourself in. I have led hundreds of people down this path, and I look forward to connecting with you to see if I might be of assistance as you embark on your own journey.


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.


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.


Center for Effective Psychological Services

Center for Effective Psychological Services

1313 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20005

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $165 per session

Whatever is bringing you to seek help at this time is important and you don't have to do this alone. We strive to make therapy a life-changing experience. Our style is down-to-earth, and intentional. We work with you in close collaboration to reveal and change the the root cause of your suffering so that you can achieve long-lasting results.


Tara L Moyle

Tara L Moyle

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

We all need to be seen, and heard, at any age. Being scared, anxious, or even depressed are sometimes part of being a person. Our fast-paced digital world can present unique challenges for our bodies and minds. I am happy to meet you wherever you are, and will approach each visit with a sense of compassionate curiosity. Just as we hunger for stories of other people to help guide us, you may wonder about your own story. Why are you here? What must you do with your life?

I work with adolescents (12+) through older, retired adults and specialize in issues of transition, anxiety, adjustment, depression, and vocation. I am not the expert in your life; you are. But sometimes we need help with perspective. Together, we will create a plan that will help you reduce the most difficult aspects of your life and help you determine how to move through them. What cannot be changed can be reviewed, understood, and ultimately, accepted.


Rebecca  Newkirk

Rebecca Newkirk

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, VA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

You’re getting everything done, and anyone on the outside would say you’re absolutely rocking it. But for some reason you never quite feel that way. It always feels like you’re one misstep from everything falling apart, or letting everyone down. 

You don’t have to feel this way all the time. You can start to breathe more and worry less. You can feel more confident in your relationships and trust yourself and your decisions more instead of always second guessing. 

Our work together, at its core, is building a relationship where you can safely and honestly explore your thoughts and feelings so you can move forward.


The Virtual Counselors

The Virtual Counselors

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, MD

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO), United Healthcare, FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Oxford Health Plans, Aetna Student Health Insurance, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Berklee College of Music Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Boston College Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Harvard Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Lesley University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), MIT Student and Affiliate Extended Insurance Plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Northeastern University Student Health Insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO), Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna), New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $130 - $175 per session

The Virtual Counselors is a group practice whose providers offer online therapy and psychological support to clients living in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, DC, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts Maryland, Colorado, California and Washington. They specialize in working with all childhood disorders, individuals and couples for anxiety, trauma. relationship counseling, addictions, and infidelity.

The Virtual Counselors are committed to providing supportive and highly individualized care for their clients, and helping them navigate times of transition and change within their relationships, family, career, and identities.


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!


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