Brett Swords,Ph.D.

Brett Swords,Ph.D.

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychologist - 06872
Secondary Credential: Psychologist - PS018776
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Healthscope
  • Meritain Health
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • Out of Network Provider
  • Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
  • TrustMark
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
  • United Healthcare Student Resources
Fees: If I am not an in-network provider with your insurance or you do not plan to use your insurance (i.e., private pay), a typical 45 to 50 minute session is $180. The in-network rate would depend on your particular health insurance plan. Please contact me or your insurance company for more information.
Free Initial Consultation


Ellicott City, Maryland 21042

My Approach to Helping

Relationships have an outsized impact on our well-being. If you are generally satisfied with your relationships, then chances are that you are content with your life as a whole. However, if you experience significant dissatisfaction in your relationships—whatever the cause—then you are much more likely to be unhappy in general, have physical and psychological health problems (such as anxiety and depression), and even have years shaved off your life. Relationships are just that important.

People can run into many types of issues in their relationships. Sometimes shyness or social anxiety causes a fear of being judged by others, making it difficult to impossible to socialize. Other times, people can become stuck in a pattern of unhealthy relationships. For others, difficulty understanding, regulating, and communicating emotions can get in the way of forming healthy, long-lasting relationships. Often, people are not even sure exactly what their wants and needs are in a relationship.

Whatever it is that is getting in the way of having the healthy, fulfilling types of relationships that you want and deserve, I can help! Together, in safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment, we will explore your relationship patterns, identify factors that are having a negative impact on your relationships, and help you develop the skills to find and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships. And when your relationships improve, you are likely to start feeling better!

If you are ready to start improving your interpersonal life, let’s talk! To schedule a free 15-minute consultation, you can 1) call me at the phone number listed above, 2) send me a message by clicking the "Email Me" button, or 3) click "Book Now" in order to schedule your consultation online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I will respond to your message very quickly. I look forward to hearing from you!

More Info About My Practice

My practice is currently telehealth only. I hold the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) certification granted by the PSYPACT Commission. This means that in addition to seeing clients in the states in which I am licensed (MD and PA), I am able to see clients via telehealth who reside in a PSYPACT participating state; this currently includes over 30 states.

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

Many of the clients I see struggle with relationship issues, anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, phobia), depression, adjustment issues, or life transitions.

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry

Types of Therapy

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