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Melanie B Ness LICSW

Office: Melanie B Ness LICSW
1350 Connecticut Ave., NW, s.801
Washington, DC 20036
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Web Site: therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/40442
Profession: Psychotherapist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Individual and couples psychotherapy
evaluations
Practice Description: A patient once wrote this to me: "You are someone who knows the song in my heart, and could sing it back to me when I had forgotten the words."
What I find most helpful as a psychotherapist is to use my authentic self, which means that I talk, I respond to what patients say to me, and I use my sense of humor when appropriate. While I've been trained in most theories in this field, I find a common sense approach is more lively and beneficial. What has been exciting in the last ten years has been learning as much as I can about neuroscience and the brain, and how psychotherapy can change the brain (for the better, we hope!). Recent developments in trauma therapy have added a sensorimotor understanding to my practice.
A former artist and Peace Corps volunteer
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Depression
PTSD
Adjustment Disorder
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Anger Management
Bipolar Disorder
Chronic Physical Illness
Crisis/Trauma
Dissociative Disorders
Divorce/Dissolution
Domestic Violence
Ethnic/Cultural Issues
Gay/Lesbian Issues
Grief/Loss
Infidelity
Life Transitions
OCD
Personal Growth
Personality Disorders
Relationship Issues
Self-esteem
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Dysfunction
Stress Management
Women's Issues
Complex PTSD
Sensorimotor psychotherapy
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Couples
Treatment Approaches: Behavioral
Biopsychosocial
Experiential
Interpersonal
Object Relations
Psychoanalytic
Psychodynamic
Self Psychology
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Additional Demographic Expertise: African American
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
Women/Feminist
Education: MSW, The Catholic University of America, 1990

MA, Vermont College, 1984
License #: 302141
License State: District of Columbia
Additional Licenses/ Certifications: Dynamics of Psychotherapy Program, Washington School of Psychiatry
Advanced Psychotherapy Program, Washington School of Psychiatry
Object Relations-Self Psychology Program, Washington Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology
Professional Identity: A Post-APTD Seminar Series, Washington School of Psychiatry
Intensive Short-term Psychotherapy Program
VKDP Summer School: La Divinia Commedia
Reaching the Affect Series, Washington School of Psychiatry
Neuroscience of the Mind. Medication and Therapy, Washington School of Psychiatry
New Developments in HIV, Washington School of Psychiatry; plus Resetting the HIV Button
Embodying the Unspoken Self: Attachment, Trauma, and Attachment, ICP+P
Embodying the Unspoken Self Institute, ICP+P
etc
Professional Affiliations:
ICP+P
Washington School of Psychiatry
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
ISTDP
Fee Schedule: Most patients use their insurance [CareFirst BCBS PPO], but those who pay out of pocket pay $180 per session. Limited fee reduction is possible.
Accepted Insurance: Blue Cross
Blue Shield
CareFirst
Insurance and Billing Instructions: Only take CareFirst BCBS PPO, Anhem; we do the billing for you but please confirm your benefits with your insurance company
Office Hours: 9am--8 pm
Driving Directions: Right next to south exit of Dupont Circle Metro

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Melanie B Ness LICSW, Psychotherapist in Washington

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Alexandria, VA 22301

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In Practice Since:  1989
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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