Douglas Rugh


Douglas Rugh


Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Independent Clinical Social Work
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2029 P St. (Dupont Circle)
Suite 202
Washington, District of Columbia 20036

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My Approach to Helping

I meet with people who want to create a more meaningful, more fulfilling life, and I specialize in creative solutions for managing the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish. Together we explore questions about why powerful feelings and thoughts emerge, and how they can be expressed in the most beneficial way.

In order to make the best decisions for yourself, it’s important to engage with emotions. Over time, we become habituated with patterns of thoughts and feelings. Once we understand why these patterns evolved and determine that they are no longer useful, we can interrupt them and can begin to experience a broader range of emotions. My methodologies are individualized. Some people need specific tools to help with social interactions and the release of tension, and others need general approaches to reframe their thinking about how they can find meaning for themselves and their families. I use both approaches.

This type of therapy enables you to make more informed decisions with less stress, develop a healthier lifestyle, and function at higher levels both personally and professionally. My clients are students and professionals interested in growth. They are informed, see potential, and are usually involved in large organizations.

More Info About My Practice

I start by talking with you about what you found helpful about therapy in the past, and then begin to use that experience to
continue growth. I look at the feeling of being stuck as an indication for a reorientation and as a time to begin a creative process which allows you to uncover alternative options for yourself. After we talk, I’ll have a better idea of the interference you are experiencing, and once we come to an understanding of what is causing problems, we’ll begin to explore alternative ways to meet your needs.

I like to provide a timeframe around therapy for people to have an end in mind. Some people come for longer, but that decision is based on working through other issues in addition to what they originally came for. People set their own pace with most coming once per week, some come twice per week. They think of the work as a project and instead of working for an employer they work on themselves.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

It is important for me to avoid sectarianism and to gain an appreciation of the strengths of various therapeutic approaches. I believe that there is no better way to learn than with experiential training, and I consider periods of discomfort in my life as educational opportunities to explore what various techniques offer.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Stress

Types of Therapy

  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Relational Psychotherapy
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