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:
Fees: Individual, couples, and family therapy session fee $250 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 other plans.
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.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    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

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • 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
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • 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
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Focusing
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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