Elke Schlager,  PhD

Elke Schlager, PhD

Professions: Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counseling Psychology
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 0701004747
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 07116
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11870 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191
Reston, Virginia 20191 - United States
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From my experience as a clinician and as a psychotherapy researcher, I have found that therapy is most effective when integrating different modalities to match an individual's particular needs. I practice a model of short-term dynamic therapy (ISDTP) that integrates psychodynamic therapy with experiential, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness approaches. This model researched at the Program for Psychotherapy Research at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, has evolved from over 50 years of psychotherapy research. I work from the premise that many of the symptoms that drive people to seek help (insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability) result from the unconscious ways they divert themselves from true emotional experience. Using ISTDP, I work very actively with people to maintain a therapeutic focus so that people can achieve their goals in as few sessions as possible. Through my work I help people reconnect with others and with parts of themselves that they may feel they have lost. I have found this reconnection to self and others to be essential in helping people resolve long-term issues that have kept them from fully enjoying and experiencing life.

Email or Call Elke Schlager, PhD at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 07116

More Info About My Practice

Please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail to discuss whether my approach would be a good match for your needs. Therapy starts with an initial evaluation session, generally followed by weekly 60-minute therapy sessions. I am not a in-network provider for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CareFirst. If you have these and other insurances I can help you get reimbursement from your insurance company for out-of-network coverage.
My fee is $200 for an initial evaluation and $175 per 60-minute session. You can contact me by phone (703-585-3106) via my website.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Spanish

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Focusing
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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