Eileen Buese Ph.D., Psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland, 20817

Eileen Buese


Eileen Buese


Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychology - MD 1977
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
  • Optum Health
  • Tricare


8608 Ridge Rd
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

My Approach to Helping

I believe that body-mind-spirit-energy are inseparable. Likewise that each of us is also intrinsically linked to each other and the Universe, atomically, spiritually. We are all part of the Oneness, as are other animal species, our environment. How we treat others, including other species, reflects on our own species. This means I am a proponent of humane treatment of self and others, all others, of all species. I believe in the unconscious mind as an omnipresent entity within each of us, communicating between and among us ( and between species) -a wonderful resource to trust and learn about and access through various means (i.e., meditation, yoga, trance, psychotherapy). I believe when people develop problems in work, love, health, or life style areas that they can no longer figure out solutions for by themselves or by consulting friends or family, then seeking professional help is a healthy, self-caring behavior. Our society is still confused and often maligns this kind of self-care as overly-dependent when, in fact, it really represent mature behavior: working collaboratively on the self, seeking answers to puzzling surface symptoms that interfere with being able to function at work or at home, with life's enjoyment. When a person comes to me, I work very collaboratively. I help him or her find the answers within using my technical expertise and humanity. I do not have the answers-the person does. Together we find them.

More Info About My Practice

When a person contacts me, it starts a two-way process of assessing goodness of fit of therapist to prospective patient and patient to therapist: Am I the right therapist for this person? Is the type of therapy I do right for this person's issues? Is my personality and style a good match for this person? Do I think I can help this person? Does this person feel comfortable enough with me as a therapist? Does he or she think I can help? Am I comfortable enough with this person? Once an appointment might be made, I let patients know that there are a few rules: one, we start and generally end on time; two, most importantly, there is nothing that cannot be talked about or, put in a positive voice, everything can be talked about! This includes the therapeutic relationship and any thoughts, feelings, at any time that are going on about it. This process of holding the therapeutic process up for periodic review whenever the therapist of patient might wish is continuous throughout the life of the therapy.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English
  • Spanish

Groups I Work With

    I have had the privilege of helping folks for some 22 years now as a licensed psychologist. Mine is a general practice in that I see all ages; and most types of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, identity issues, work conflicts. I do not see people with active psychosis. I do have particular interests in people presenting with: medical illnesses; physical pain; grief and loss, including pet loss; family issues; transitions; aging issues; adolescents; elderly. I work with folks in Individual, Couple, Family, and Group Therapy modalities depending on what would best suit their needs. With pre-adolescent children I provide Play Therapy. I am holistic in my approach and my focus is body/mind/spirit/energy. While I tailor treatment to the individual, I tend to use a combination of Insight-oriented Talk Therapy, Cognitive Reframing, Ericksonain and Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Energy Psychology techniques, Reiki, Healing Touch, and Pet Therapy ( unless a patient is allergic or adverse). My offices are in my home with plenty of off and on-street parking and a casual atmosphere. They are well-connected by Ride-on bus to both NIH and Bethesda Metro Train Stations. I have the following levels of advanced and certified trainings: Certified and an Approved Consultant in Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis ( see www.ASCH.org ) Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 2 ( see www.EMDRIA.org) Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Program. Washington School of Psychiatry, 1983-1985. Washington, D.C. Certificate Progam. Usui,Karuna,Kundalini, & Gold Reiki Master Practitioner & Teacher ( see www.IARP.org ) Animal Healing Touch Practitioner Level 4 ( see C. Komitor's www.healingtouchforanimals.com) Healing Touch (for human animals :) Level 3 ( see www.HealingTouchInternational.org ) Bioenergy Healing : Basic and Advanced Levels ( see www.mietekwirkus.com )and basic and advanced ThetaHealing.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Bioenergetic Analysis
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Depth Hypnosis
  • Dreamwork
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Energy Psychology
  • Equine and Animal Assisted Psychotherapies
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Guided Therapeutic Imagery
  • Healing Touch
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Music Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
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