Paula Hamm LPC, PC Psychoanalyst, Psychoanalysis in McLean, Virginia, 22101

Paula Hamm

LPC, PC Psychoanalyst

Paula Hamm

LPC, PC Psychoanalyst

Professions: Psychoanalyst
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 0701001434
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


6723 Whittier Ave
Suite 405D
McLean, Virginia 22101

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My Approach to Helping

Love, Work, and Play are the core values behind my passion for working with mind, body and soul conflicts that you may bring through your pain to my office.

Together, I will listen and help you identify the patterns of behavior that have unconsciously driven you and are getting in your way of living life to the fullest in the three most important areas of health, having meaning and purpose in love, work and play. Through talk therapy, I will teach you how to identify and name and discuss your feelings in a safe, secure place where you can learn to be free with your desires, dreams, hurts, and needs.

My approach in helping you is, first of all, to understand how you came to this place of grieving, or confusion, or feeling fragmented. I will teach you how to track, observe and discuss the triggers for your nighttime dreams, your anxieties and where you learned to shut down resulting in feeling angry or depressed. Together we will rework the imprints of thoughts and create a cohesive narrative of your life so that you may feel freer to choose how to live in a more loving, less conflictual relationship, follow your passions in work life and develop more interest to play.

Through this therapeutic relationship, I will help you redefine, and rebuild your inner world and feel safer in the world to trust, reach out and create anew for yourself.

More Info About My Practice

Therapy is a commitment of time and money but ultimately therapy is an investment in your emotional world. Understanding your emotions is hard, and comes more slowly than academic learning. This investment in yourself will benefit your life and free you from whatever is inhibiting you from being more intimately connected, more creative and more playful to enjoy your life.

Women in the 21st century have unique challenges with so many options for working in what used to be a man's world while at the same time being a mother to children. I love to work with career women who are struggling to learn how to best juggle these worlds of work and home while trying to take good care of self.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis is talk therapy. Talking and putting language to feelings is central to thinking and understanding your sense of self. Therapy is a commitment of time and money but in doing so you are reworking the early sense of self and developing a deeper understanding of who you are.

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

Going to therapy takes courage and is an act of faith. Intuitively coming to therapy means you want help to become free to create a different kind of life than what you must be currently living but don't understand why you are where you find yourself. Coming to therapy takes a kind of vulnerability that is essential to be known by another and the safe, secure environment with a skilled clinician can make all the difference in the world. I can help you understand yourself.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

Disorders are emotional accommodations that don't work and leave you feeling stuck in a developmental state from a younger time. As a child, if you have experienced profound loss due to one or both parents dying, or chronically ill due to medical or emotional reasons these earliest attachments are profoundly affected. Disorders revolve around emotional regulations, feeling safe, feeling the consistent, unconditional love from a caregiver. Multiple moves as a child can also interrupt development leaving a child feeling unconnected or lost. These are just a few examples of what may contribute to a person having a mood disorder, or an affective disorder. What matters is not the label but how you understand your emotions. Emotions matter and I do not label.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Other
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Ages 30 to 45 both men and women for psychoanalytic treatment, Ages 18 to 94 for psychoanalytic psychotherapy issues.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Creative Blocks
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fertility Issues
  • Individuation
  • Narcissism
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Object Relations
  • Psychodynamic
  • Sport / Fitness Psychology
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