Risa Sanders,PhD

Risa Sanders,PhD

Professions: Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychology
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1313 Vincent Pl
McLean, Virginia 22101

My Approach to Helping

My primary treatment approach is cognitive-behavioral which is solution-focused and generally shorter-term, however, in reality, we all generally benefit from a variety of therapeutic strategies and i will often utilize complementary and eclectic techniques that enables a more personalized treatment approach and relies on best practices for your specific issues. You will find me to be an active and engaged therapist and we will work together in a team-oriented and collaborative style. I often recommend activities to practice between sessions, and these might include a journal, trying out new communication skills and problem-solving or coping techniques that we have practiced, brief reading assignments, some research, relaxation techniques, and a variety of other options. I believe humor is an important element in the therapeutic process, and to life in general, and I strive to create a relaxing and trusting environment with my clients. I am very happy to answer any questions you might have, and if I am unsure, I will do all that I can to help point you in the right direction. I consider it an honor to assist clients on their personal journey in therapy. Participating in therapy is an important step in reclaiming your happiness and satisfaction and I take me role in providing assistance on that journey seriously as I appreciate the time, cost, and emotional investment of this choice.

More Info About My Practice

I am glad to provide an initial, complimentary, 10-15 minute telephone chat to discuss your needs and concerns to help both of us determine if i am likely to be a good "fit " for you as a psychologist. If not, I will be glad to try to help suggest some referrals for you. Our first 1-2 appointments will generally involve a thorough history and discussion to clarify your personal goals for therapy. We will establish your priorities and also discuss whether additional support would be beneficial, such as a nutritionist, psychiatrist, etc. Sometimes psychological assessment or testing may be recommended and we will always discuss everything thoroughly so that you can make the decisions that are best for you. I usually see clients once a week. Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and my standard fee is $140. Family therapy, couples counseling, and testing are billed at different rates. Please visit my website for more details on fees, insurance, and general office policies. I have been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1984, have written extensively on stress in the professions, have given over 125 lectures and presentations on a wide range of topics in psychology, and also hosted a cable TV show on preventive medicine and wellness. I work with children over the age of 5, teens, adults, and seniors.

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

I am especially interested in anxiety disorders (phobias, social anxiety, school avoidance, OCD, etc;). My training in cognitive-behavior therapy is considered "best practice" for these issues. I have been a long-time ally of the lGBT community and welcome referrals for these issues. I have personal and professional experience with Alzheimer's and other dementias and have worked extensively with end of life and caregiver issues. Having worked on a clinical research team at Children's National Medical Center in the area of pediatric diabetes, I welcome referrals related to diabetes and coping with other medical issues.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I work with children, teens, adults, and older adults. In addition to my expertise with anxiety disorders, I have special expertise working with issues related to diabetes in young children and teens, LGBT concerns, artistic performance concerns, and coping with Alzheimer's and other dementias and issues related to illness/aging.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Problems
  • Fertility Issues
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Internet Addiction
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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