Paul Kellett van Leer MSc (psych), MSc (TA psych), TSTA, Psychoanalysis in Washington, District of Columbia, 20006

Paul Kellett van Leer

MSc (psych), MSc (TA psych), TSTA

Paul Kellett van Leer

MSc (psych), MSc (TA psych), TSTA

Professions: Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Counselor - LGPC000397
Secondary Credential: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist - 06158139
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: Since I offer a variety of session formats that vary in frequency, length and time of day my fees vary.

We will agree a sustainable and affordable fee that takes these points into account, based upon your needs and means.
Accepting New Clients
Evening Availability


1112 16th Street NW
Suite 440
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
Dumbarton Street NW
Georgetown, East Village
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

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My Approach to Helping

So many of us feel we have to cope with full minds today.

Our minds might be full of distracting thoughts or worries, or haunted by past memories or disturbing fantasies, or filled with an empty sense of loss or despair.

My approach aims to ease the burden of this mindfull by exploring 3 questions:

WHAT is behind my problems?

HOW do these problems affect and limit my life?

WHY have these problems developed?

As we explore these questions together, you will have the opportunity to think more freely about what it is you truly want, and how you might go about living a more fulfilling life.

More Info About My Practice

I have recently moved to Washington DC from London, England, having practiced counseling there for over 15 years.

I work with a wide variety of clients of differing cultural backgrounds, gender and sexual orientation, whose ages range from adolescence to maturity.

I also offer clinical consultation and training to professional counselors and those in training.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

While credentials, experience and expertise can create a sense of reassurance when you're facing a choice of therapist, in the end your experience of being able to talk freely with someone you feel is listening carefully to what you have to say is the best predictor of a fruitful analysis.

If asked, I suggest that new clients go see two or three potential analysts in order to give themselves a degree of comparable experience, and something upon which to make a choice.

What Makes up a Problem?

There are many ways in which we might define a problem, of course. In therapy, the problems that draw the most attention are those that are often hard to put into words yet insistent - you know something is wrong but don't seem to able to work it out, it won't go away, it keeps coming back - so that the causes and solutions of the problem are not apparent.

You don't need to be able to articulate well what the matter is, or what you're looking for when you come along for a consultation. You need only have a desire to share what is on your mind as best you can, and give yourself permission to speak freely about whatever crosses your mind.

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Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Gay men

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Constructivisim
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Transactional Analysis
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