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About Me

Barbara B., Shostak clinical psychologist

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Ph.D,  Clinical Psychology
The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  

The Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the
American Psychological Association

BA, Psychology
Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts. 

Interesting tidbit: Clark University has played a prominent role in the development of psychology as a distinguished discipline in the United States. It was the location for Sigmund Freud’s and Carl Jung’s famous "Clark Lectures.”

Professional Experience

I have been a psychotherapist in private practice in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area since 1989 and in Fairfax Virginia since 1994. In my final year of doctoral training I interned at the George Washington University Medical Center. In this setting I provided individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and psychological assessment in an inpatient, outpatient, and HMO/ managed care setting. During my doctoral training I worked in a variety of mental health settings including Community Mental Health, Counseling Center, and Private Practice settings.

I am licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (License # 0810001752 )

Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association.

My Professional Philosophy

In general, you can expect that as your psychologist I will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship experience, gives you appropriate feedback, and follows ethical guidelines. I speak in easy-to-understand terms, and provide honest and direct feedback in the most kind and supportive manner possible. As a therapist, I phrase things in a way that you can hear and that makes sense to you. Most people say I am a very down-to-earth and well-grounded counselor.  I am there for you to work together to reach your goals and expect nothing in return other than payment for my time and my expertise. My therapeutic style draws from several major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy. I believe there is inherent value in increasing self-awareness and understanding, as that is the first step in recognizing how your personal history affects your current perceptions and beliefs. As a well trained psychotherapist, I also draw upon action-oriented approaches to therapy that emphasize broadening your personal perspective, entertaining new ways to consider problem solving strategies, and building more effective coping strategies. We do what works best for you, and together the work gets done.

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