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We are authors, educators and highly dedicated practitioners. As licensed clinical psychologists, we provide problem-focused and evidence-based psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other scientifically supported approaches are used.

For 25 years we have practiced, trained other professionals, published scientific papers, and worked hard to improve our ability to impact the lives of our patients.

The general categories of conditions and problems that we treat include:

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Although extremely common, anxiety and anxiety disorders can significantly impair functioning (e.g., work, driving, eating) through the process of avoidance and impedes the ability to lead a satisfying life.

We provide intensive treatments to break the anxiety/avoidance/low confidence/increased anxiety cycle. Our treatments include contemporary CBT approaches, exposure therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and schema therapy.

Anxiety problems treated include:
  • Worry/Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Driving Phobia
  • Phobias (e.g., medical procedures, needles, animals and insects)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Public Speaking Anxiety
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Eating Disorders/Poor Body Image

Restricted eating, binge eating, and purging impact both physical and emotional well-being. These difficulties can be highly entrenched and require highly specialized treatments.

Along with individual treatment, we provide intensive family-based treatment (Maudsley family-based treatment) for younger patients. This family-based treatment is one of the few therapies that has consistent research support in the literature. Eating problems treated include:
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Compulsive Eating
  • Night Eating
  • Orthorexia
  • Body Image Problems
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Compulsive Exercise
  • Bariatric Surgery Patients (pre- and post-surgery)

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Couples Therapy/Romantic Relationships

We provide a combination of individual and conjoint therapy for married and dating partners. An approach will be selected for your particular set of challenges from several treatments.

Therapeutic approaches used include schema therapy, emotion focused therapy, and integrative behavioral couples therapy.

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Cognitive therapy has the strongest research support in the literature for the treatment of depression.

Cognitions (i.e., thoughts and assumptions) impact mood and mood, in turn, impacts cognitions. Cognitive therapy seeks to methodically remediate stubborn negative thoughts, assumptions and life themes, so they are more functional and accurate.

We also offer mindfulness-bases therapies, which helps people become less reactive to their negative thoughts, and behavioral activation, which helps individuals to re-engage with their environment.

For persistent depression, which can last for several years, we offer the cognitive-behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) - specifically designed to treat chronic depression (sometimes called "depressive personality").

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Personality And Relationship Problems

This encompasses habitual styles of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

Some personality styles (or "personality disorders") can interfere with the ability to function at work, in friendships, and in romantic relationships.

We apply CBT, schema therapy, and dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for these difficult problems, such as obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder.

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Other Conditions Treated

We have considerable experience applying CBT principles to other conditions treated in our practice including:
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Addictions (including Substance Use and Pornography Addiction)
  • Alcoholism
  • Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)
  • Poor Self-Esteem

Our Services List:

   Panic Disorder Treatment Reston - Herndon VA
   Marriage Couples Counseling Therapy Reston - Herndon VA
   Social Anxiety Treatment in Reston & Herndon VA
   Eating Disorder Treatment - Reston & Northern VA
   Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment - Reston & Herndon VA
   Treatment for Depression - Reston & Herndon VA
   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Reston VA
   Our Services List

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Northern Virginia
1800 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 206, Reston, VA 20190
(703) 203-7197 DrLawrenceRiso@gmail.com