Lisa Ades, PhD, Psychologist in Washington, District of Columbia, 20016

Lisa Ades, PhD

Lisa Ades, PhD
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Lisa Ades, PhD

Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychology - PSY1000637
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 34484
Accepting new clients - Contact me!
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Office 1
5100 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 300
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: Free initial phone consultation
$285 intake assessment (75-90 minutes)
$195 per 50-minute individual therapy or consultation session
$285 per 75-90 minute individual or couples therapy session

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My goal is to provide a safe, supportive and empowering environment where individuals and couples can explore traumatic histories, unresolved issues and relational difficulties that interfere with happiness. I like to emphasize the importance of increasing self-awareness in order to recognize unproductive patterns so that clients can move to a place of peace and self-acceptance. As an active participant in the process, and within the compassionate context of the therapeutic relationship, I use gentle challenge to help clients clarify emotional reactions, reveal maladaptive thoughts and uncover unhealthy behaviors so that healing can be possible. Part of this process is making connections between the past and their present in order to get rid of distorted, unproductive interpretations, to build healthier perspectives and restore hope.

It is important to me to work collaboratively and creatively because I recognize that no two individuals have the same needs, experiences or feelings. I draw upon my years of clinical work while also honoring the unique lives of each of my clients and tailoring my work to meet the needs of each person/couple I see in therapy.

Email or Call Lisa Ades, PhD at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 34484

More Info About My Practice

In my 20 years of clinical, academic, and advocacy experience, I have worked with individuals who present with a wide range of issues. I specialize in recovery from trauma (particularly childhood abuse/neglect, sexual assault and domestic violence), successful movement through life transitions (young adulthood, career, parenthood, mid-life and loss), and repair of interpersonal relationships (including a specialty in couples therapy). I have advanced training in both trauma treatment and couples therapy, which uniquely positions me to treat couples where one or both partners have a trauma history.

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

I specialize in helping survivors of interpersonal and complex trauma (childhood sexual & physical abuse, childhood neglect, sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence). Therapy focuses on building a safe, reliable therapeutic relationship, fostering emotional regulation skills, promoting safety, reducing feelings of shame or self-blame, making connections between past trauma and present life and processing the traumatic event itself.

I also specialize in Couples Therapy. I draw from the Gottman Method in my work with couples. This is a research based, goal-oriented approach to help couples build a more fulfilling relationship. I have advanced training in both trauma treatment and couples therapy, which uniquely positions me to treat couples where one or both partners have a trauma history.My strengths help me guide clients in couples counseling to: Enhance communication; Increase levels of trust, connection and affection; Work through betrayal/affairs; Identify interfering behavioral patterns; Resolve conflict peacefully and Increase respect and admiration. I welcome all couples into counseling: non-married couples, dating couples, pre-marital couples, same-sex couples, and non-married co-parents.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Identity Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Collaborative Couple Therapy (CCT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy

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