Matthew Leary,Ph.D.

Matthew Leary,Ph.D.

Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Psychology - 06267
Secondary Credential: Licensed Psychologist, Health Services Provider - 3953
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: Individual, couples, and family therapy session fee $260 for 45 minute session. Group therapy $140 for 75 minute session. I am an out-of-network provider and can provide documentation for you to submit for out-of-network benefits with your insurance plan.
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Evening Availability


4809 St. Elmo Ave
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
1811 Sardis Rd. N Ste 207
Charlotte, North Carolina 28270

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My Approach to Helping

I help people change through developing a greater awareness for all of themselves, which allows them greater resources to deal with the struggles that they are experiencing. As clients develop greater awareness of themselves, including their wants, needs, emotions, and ways of relating to others, they tend to develop a wider range of choices in their lives. They learn to recognize what they do that keeps them from being their best selves. They also learn to tap into and use their own internal wisdom to help guide their choices, developing a greater authenticity in their lives. In relationships, couples and families develop greater intimacy and ability to use conflict to further their relationship through their greater awareness of themselves and their other family members. People I work with also learn with guidance and coaching to experiment with new ways of being with themselves and others in the world, which furthers their growth and development into more happy, fulfilled human beings.

As an experienced psychotherapist and former graduate psychology professor, I have developed a wide range of expertise in helping others. I am honored and humbled by the courage and spirit of the people I work with and the struggles they face. I feel privileged to help people come to terms with pain, face challenges, and change their lives.

More Info About My Practice

In response to COVID-19, I am seeing all current and new patients online via a HIPAA-compliant telehealth program. For clients in the Bethesda, MD area, sessions can continue online or in-person when health officials designate it is safe to discontinue social distancing. For clients in NC, I am seeing people on an ongoing basis online only, even after social distancing ends.

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

I work with a wide range of issues, but I feel particularly adept at helping people struggling with relationships, especially couples, parent-child, and whole family relationships. I have a deep respect for the complexity of relationships and the ways cultural context, life stress, family of origin issues, and conscious and unconscious needs can affect how family members interact. From my training, my experience as a psychotherapist and former graduate psychology professor, and my own life experience, I understand how people can experience deep joy, deep acceptance, and deep pain in relationships. I am passionate about helping people change their relationships to make room for more love, joy, and acceptance, while managing and growing from the necessary tensions and conflict that occurs in intimate relationships.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Specialties with two decades of experience working with: Families, Couples; Parenting issues; Trauma survivors; Family conflict and adjustment; Adjustment to divorce and co-parenting; Depression, anxiety, anger management, and oppositional behavior in children, adolescents, and adults; Grief & loss; Coping with life transitions; and Emotion awareness and management.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame

Types of Therapy

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