Lori Bristow,Ph.D.

Lori Bristow,Ph.D.

Telehealth Available
Professions: Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychology
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: $250 per session
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


McLean, Virginia 22101

My Approach to Helping

As there are many therapists to choose from, your task in finding a therapist can be challenging. I hope by reading more about me, you will have a better sense of how I may be able to help you. I believe that successful and effective therapy depends upon your sense of comfort and emotional safety, as well as the connection we establish in the therapeutic relationship.

I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are experiencing life challenges including (but certainly not limited to) relationship difficulties, anxiety and fears, loss or grief, rebuilding trust, family difficulties, sexual orientation questions, trouble healing from abuse or neglect, and challenges that come from navigating various transitions and changes in life. As a clinical psychologist, I can also help individuals who are struggling with, or suspect they may be struggling with more specific psychiatric difficulties such as mood, anxiety, somatoform, or dissociative disorders.

I have found that a customized approach to therapy for each individual works best, and I often blend psychodynamic, cognitive, and positive psychology theories and approaches to help individuals achieve their goals in therapy.

More Info About My Practice

I offer a free phone consultation (usually lasting about 15mins) to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to learn more about how I can help you, please contact me. If for any reason you may be better served by another therapist, I am happy to assist you with referrals or provide recommendations.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

I believe psychotherapy helps people address their concerns in different ways. Psychotherapy is designed to provide expertise, safety, structure, routine, and reliability while individuals are often feeling anchorless, confused, or afraid. However, I believe that in order for psychotherapy to be effective, it is the relationship between the therapist and the client that provides room for growth and change. That relationship can be more easily established when the therapist is open, understanding, accepting, and an active participant in the process of therapy (not just a good listener). I believe that people often come to therapy looking for relief from symptoms and pain (e.g., fewer depressive symptoms, fewer panic attacks), and learn through therapy that they have the right to grow, thrive, and enjoy life (e.g., seek joy, happiness, and satisfaction).

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

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