Elaine  Klionsky, J.D., Ph.D., LLC
Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Groups
Elaine Klionsky
(301) 718-8100
6917 Arlington Rd. #223
Bethesda, MD 20814

My practice is focused on helping clients  gain insight and make behavioral changes which may enhance their lives.
Many clients begin psychotherapy with me because of issues such as:  Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders and  Addictions, Divorce, Parenting, Work-Life Balance, Career Transitions, Compulsive Behaviors, and a wide variety of Relationship Difficulties.  The pain caused by these issues often leaves individuals feeling uncertain, confused, and eager to regain a sense of control over their lives.  I believe that psychotherapy is an effective means of addressing these problems.
While I view psychotherapy as a process which may improve clients' quality of life as a whole,  individuals and couples often arrive seeking help in a crisis or assistance in addressing a specific issue.  Through a process of identifying and evaluating  patterns of thinking and behavior, unproductive habits may be eliminated and replaced by a more adaptive approach toward one's situation.  Significant assistance and/or improvements may be made as clients work  toward meeting appropriate goals in a structured approach to treatment.

Many clients, however, come to my practice in order to work on long-lasting change that is not limited to a specific situation. This is treatment designed  to increase clients' sense of well-being and ability to function comfortably in a variety of settings while avoiding environments which preclude healthful interactions.  This type of psychodynamic psychotherapy requires recognition of the people and places which have contributed to the individual's development.  Knowledge of the past informs  how we view the world and what we expect from ourselves and others in relationship.  An in-depth examination allows us to differentiate between our "wants" and "needs" and to reflect on our goals.  Clients gain an understanding of how they have contributed to shaping their lives and what options (and consequences) my be available to them with regard to changing their current situation. In addition, clients may learn how they present themselves to the world in order to better comprehend their interactions with others.

If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are interested in wide-ranging changes to move in a new direction in your life, I welcome hearing from you. Please call me at 301-718-8100 or email me at ejklionsky@gmail.com if you are interested in a consultation for individual, couples or group psychotherapy.

  I am pleased to have been included in Washingtonian Magazine's TOP THERAPISTS.

 I practice in two locations:

Main Office:
6917 Arlington Rd.  #223
Bethesda, MD  (downtown Bethesda)
Ample free parking and metro accessible

Second Office:
2000 P Street NW  #600
 Washington, D.C.  (Dupont Circle) 
Very close to metro, street parking may be possible, parking garages available