Elaine Klionsky, J.D., Ph.D., CGP, LLC

Elaine Klionsky, J.D., Ph.D., CGP, LLC

Professions: Counselling, Psychology, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychology - 03260
Secondary Credential: Psychology - PSY1826
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 27516
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Office 1
2000 P St NW
Suite 600
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 - United States
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Office 2
6917 Arlington Rd
Suite 223
Bethesda, Maryland 20814 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $185 per 50" individual session
$110 per 75" group session

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I feel privileged to work with individuals, couples, and groups as a psychologist. Entering therapy takes courage but I believe that making that choice often helps people create a better life for themselves. Earlier in my career I focused on helping individuals create relationships with friends, family, colleagues, and community as a means of promoting self-understanding, confidence and ultimately, giving meaning to life. As time has gone one, I have expanded my work to include an emphasis on synthesizing intellectual insight with emotional awareness - combining knowledge from the head and the heart - to lead one toward healing and growing. This also includes working on an awareness of the difference between facts and feelings and expanding one's ability to confront and tolerate complicated issues. I have found this work, while sometimes difficult, to be enriching and beneficial. The gains you make in therapy, in my experience, translate to a variety of settings throughout your lifetime.

Email or Call Elaine Klionsky, J.D., Ph.D., CGP, LLC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 27516

More Info About My Practice

I practice in two locations.

I am in Bethesda Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Thursday mornings.
I am in Dupont Circle Tuesday afternoons, Thursday afternoons, and Fridays.

As a certified group psychotherapist, I run five groups.

There are two co-ed groups in Bethesda on Monday (Monday evening and Thursday morning)
There is one women's group in Bethesda (Wednesday evening)
There are two co-ed groups in Dupont Circle (Tuesday late afternoon and Friday early morning)

I am not in in-network provider on any insurance plan. I provide an "insurance ready" bill at the end of each month but my clients reimburse me directly.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

I believe that going to therapy indicates: 1) self awareness; 2) the willingness to admit a problem/flaw/concern/pain/fear; 3) the flexibility and humility to understand that no one is perfect; and, 4) the clarity to admit that there are things that are troubling, painful, and/or sometimes out of control. In other words, going to therapy is an acknowledgement to oneself that one needs or could benefit from assistance.

When individuals are not familiar with therapy it's easy to confuse vulnerability with weakness. You may confuse the process of stating your concerns with being whiny or complaining and the fact that you have a need with being overly needy and dependent.

In fact, going to therapy is often the opposite. It's the strength to search for the truth, confront things head on, figure out what you can change and what you need to accept, and then implement the changes you've identified. That may be difficult but it's not weak.

Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance

Progress in psychotherapy requires honesty, and hard work. I advise anyone looking for a therapist to consider that they way they feel about the prospective therapist is equally, if not more, important than their technical and/or philosophical orientation. That is, I believe it's important to think about whether you feel like the therapist "gets you" and the issues you are bringing in with you. I do not think that anyone should choose to see me or any therapist because of their long list of achievements or publications but rather that they choose to work with someone where they felt seen and understood. This does not mean that clients are always happy with their therapist! I ask my clients to discuss their feelings with me when they notice they are annoyed, disappointed, or happy with the way I have responded to them. Establishing a relationship built on honesty and trust is critical to both the working alliance between client and therapist and as a model for outside relationships.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Relationships and Marriage

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relationship Enhancement Therapy

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