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Melanie B Ness LICSW

Office: Melanie B Ness LICSW
1350 Connecticut Ave., NW, s.801
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 253-8758
Cell Phone: (202) 253-9758
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Profession: Psychotherapist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Individual and couples psychotherapy
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.
So, enough about me. What about you?
Practice Specialties or Interests:

(Strengths are
in bold text)
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Adjustment Disorder
Anger Management
Chronic Physical Illness
Dissociative Disorders
Domestic Violence
Ethnic/Cultural Issues
Gay/Lesbian Issues
Personal Growth
Personality Disorders
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Dysfunction
Stress Management
Women's Issues
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Behavioral
Object Relations
Self Psychology
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Additional Demographic Expertise: African American
Education: MSW, The Catholic University of America, 1990

MA, Vermont College, 1984
License #: 302141
License State: District of Columbia
Professional Affiliations:
Washington School of Psychiatry
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
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
Insurance and Billing Instructions: Only take CareFirst BCBS PPO
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
(202) 253-8758

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In Practice Since:  1990
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes
Public Transportation:  Yes

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