Douglas Rugh


Douglas Rugh


Professions: Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Independent Clinical Social Work
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Care 1st
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2111 Florida Avenue NW (Kalorama)
Washington, District of Columbia 20008

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My Approach to Helping

I help people manage the tension between what one has already achieved and what one intends to accomplish. Together we explore questions about why powerful feelings and thoughts emerge, and how they can be expressed in the most beneficial way. Therapy questions the assumptions of thinking, the process of thinking, to allow people to come to their own conclusions.

Over time, people become habituated with patterns of thoughts and feelings, and once we understand why these patterns persist, we can interrupt them and 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. Therapeutic relationships are distinctly human where care, confidence, and curiosity is emphasized and strengthened.

In my work, I call attention to unrecognized assumptions, and I make a distinction between what you think about and how you do that thinking. I am less concerned with looking for causes to explain what you do and more concerned with discovering patterns in the meanings you make by what you're doing. I believe that perceptions are unique and experience of the world is subjective. By observing mental and emotional habits and letting them be, you become more than your constructed identity, you become the awareness that is observing that constructed identity with compassion and acceptance.

More Info About My Practice

Meaningful and lasting changes come from focusing not on symptoms but on patterns that underlie them. With awareness, careful attention, energy, kindness, concern, experience, and training, I can help you overcome difficulties with assertiveness, expression of anger or aggression, separation, abandonment, or rejection, feeling inadequate or incompetent, dealing with authority, getting close to people, and perfectionism.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The human task is to incorporate both objective and subjective dimensions; to keep alive to possibilities, opportunities, and threats; and to learn wisely to balance the sometimes competing impulses. Psychotherapy aids in gaining better self-direction, less disappointment, and more fulfillment.

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.

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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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