Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith

Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW-C
Secondary Credential: LCSW-C - LC303599
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2500 Q St NW #237
Washington, District of Columbia 20007
4800 Hampden Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

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My Approach to Helping

Therapy is a journey that gives us the opportunity to find our genuine selves and ultimately become the best person we can be. Through therapy, profound and lasting change and growth can occur. I am a doctor of psychology as well as a licensed independent clinical social worker. I have deep expertise in working with addiction and recovery issues, alcoholism, as well as family, relationship, and couples issues. I have spent more than 20 years in the psychotherapy field. I work with adolescents and adults, in individual, family, and couple modalities. As a therapist, my approach to therapy is to meet you at your current place in life, and to support you to advance toward your objectives, work past obstacles, and attain supreme growth. I utilize various therapeutic approaches, comprising psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and strength-based techniques.

More Info About My Practice

I have previously spoken at both national and international conferences, and on radio, television, and film about mental health addiction, relationship, and treatment issues. I have additionally worked as a consultant for the United States Congress in the area of substance abuse parity legislation. My 7 bestselling books, "LIVE AND LOVE EACH DAY," "FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY," "PRACTICAL THERAPY," "HOW TO STAY TOGETHER," "HOW TO HEAL EMOTIONAL TRAUMA,”’ “7 KEYS TO PERSONAL IDENTITY,” and “THE GOLDEN MEAN“ are available through most online booksellers and on my website. Please visit my website, practicaltherapy.net to see television video clips of my media interviews.

Awarded "Best of Washington DC, Psychotherapy” 2013, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 by the Washington DC Award Program. Honored by Strathmore's Who's Who Publication, 2013 for achievement in the field of Mental Health. Friends School Distinguished Alumni Award, 2020.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I am particularly adept at helping people with alcoholism and addictions because of my own personal background. In addition to working in the treatment field for over twenty years, I have also personally been in recovery for three decades. I have done a great deal of personal work, and have been committed to my own growth and change since entering into my own continuous recovery. After getting into recovery, I became a psychotherapist and have had the honor of working in a profession where I can help people through both my professional and personal knowledge and experience. I understand the complexities of dealing with addictions and relationship issues, as well as uncovering and addressing the underlying issues that gradually rise to the surface after seeking help.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy helps people to address issues under the surface of their lives. While many of us would prefer a quick fix or band-aid approach to the issues that cause us distress, it is the deeper work that results in lasting and profound change. Psychotherapy helps us to identify causes and conditions beneath the surface of what we see, and to address them in a meaningful way.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • French

Groups I Work With

    Addiction and recovery issues, relationship issues, trauma and PTSD, narcissistic abuse recovery, ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Internet Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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