Lisa Joan Reardon, LICSW Washington, DC Therapist
Washington, DC Therapist
 
  Lisa Joan Reardon, LICSW
   
 

My office is located at:
1325 Quincy Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

My phone number is:
202-526-4445 x 707 OR
888-862-2615, x 707



Through the recovery process you can
What do I need to do?
What happens in individual therapy?
What will happen first?
Tools I use
Do you provide group therapy?
What happens in group therapy?

General Information:

Spirituality
Cost
Do you take insurance?
Do you have a sliding fee scale?

 

Through the recovery process you can:

  1. Improve your relationship with yourself
  2. Develop good self-care practices
  3. Find a nurturing inner voice
  4. Identify and acknowledge your strengths and resources
  5. Learn to respect what you did to cope and survive
  6. Become aware of your body's ways of letting you know what you like and what you need
  7. Develop healthy ways to manage your feelings
  8. Increase your ability to tolerate distress as well as pleasure
  9. Identify thoughts and ways of thinking that are limiting and not reflective of your current reality
  10. Learn to believe and trust new ways of seeing yourself and others
  11. Process and resolve the traumatic experience(s), its meaning, and your body's response
  12. Sort out family-of-origin issues
  13. Manage current relationships with your family-of-origin
  14. Change unhealthy behaviors that leave you feeling empty and unsatisfied
  15. Address your relationships with others
  16. Find meaning and purpose in your life


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What do I need to do?

  • Be as honest and open as you are able to be
  • Make a commitment to yourself and your growth
  • Reserve time and money to follow through on this commitment
  • Take risks to share more deeply about yourself
  • Think about what you want to work on in your session
  • When you leave, think about the work we did
  • Ask questions, if you have them
  • Take time for yourself, for journaling, for self-reflection
  • Respect the privacy of those you see here
  • Treat me, others, and the environment with respect

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What happens in individual therapy?

The therapy I provide treats low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, dissociation, codependency, unhealthy patterns, and compulsive behavior among other things.

I view therapy as a collaborative process. You know yourself better than anyone else knows you. I have training in understanding a wide range of human behavior and experience. I've also worked with many kinds of people. Through putting our individual expertise together we'll find the path that will be most helpful to you.

In each session, you share yourself, express your thoughts and feelings, and describe your experience. I ask questions, make comments, suggest a specific intervention, and/or provide education and explanations. Together, we figure out why problems are occurring and decide what to do about them.

Issues are not usually resolved in one session. It took time for you to develop the coping patterns you have and it takes time to work through understanding and changing them.


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What will happen first?

In the first session, you tell me what brought you here, what you experience, and what you want to change. I ask you questions about relationships, work, eating, sleeping, ways of taking care of yourself, patterns of drinking or substance use (caffeine, drugs, nicotine, etc), and other ways you are currently helping yourself to manage your emotions and inner life.

We also review my policies, fee, and payment methods. You will learn what to expect from me and what I expect from you. And, if you want to come back, we set another appointment.

. . . and then what?
In subsequent sessions, you tell me what you want me to know about yourself and identify what you want to work on. I’ll suggest ways we might work on it. Sometimes we’ll just talk, or I might suggest using EMDR or doing a cycle (from the Solution Method). Eventually we will get to know each other better and I will learn more about the things that contribute to your current experience. Over time, I will share information about how to understand yourself, your emotions, and your behavior. People are usually relieved to get this information and to learn that they are not alone.


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Tools I use

I use EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and the Solution Method along with respectful listening and interaction with you to help you resolve past hurts, understand yourself better, and make the changes you want to make. I also make use of guided imagery, creative expression, and other tools to open your awareness to what’s underlying your conscious experience.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): a therapeutic intervention proven to be effective in addressing a variety of issues that stem from upsetting events. It includes focus on emotions, thoughts, and body sensations. EMDR involves talking about a symptom or an event in a particular way, holding certain information about the issue in your mind and just noticing what happens while experiencing alternating bilateral stimulation (beeps or taps). I am a certified EMDR therapist.

For more information visit EMDR Network's website www.emdrnetwork.org, which is focused on providing information to consumers.

Somatic Experiencing (SE): a body-oriented approach to resolving and healing trauma as well as releasing stress and tension held in the body. It involves focusing on body sensations and addressing issues on the level of your physical self. For more information, visit the Foundation for Human Enrichment website: www.traumahealing.com.

The Solution Method: teaches basic skills for taking care of yourself emotionally, nurturing yourself and setting effective limits for yourself. Being able to do this brings emotional balance and turns off the drive to excess through eating, smoking, people pleasing, working, etc. For more information, visit the Institute for Health Solutions website: www.thepathway.org.


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Do you provide group therapy?

I colead Openings with Charlotte Rogers. It is an ongoing therapy group for women who were sexually abused as children. Visit the Openings website at www.abusesurvivorsdc.com.

What happens in group therapy?

Group therapy helps you learn that others are interested in you and your well-being. You understand and find freedom from family-of-origin issues. Group therapy is the process of sharing with others your inner life and process of growth.

In an ongoing therapy group, the topic or subject matter of the group is whatever the group members decide to share that evening. Sometimes the interaction among the group members becomes the topic of discussion.

In a group therapy experience, you receive support for your personal recovery process with respect for your unique timing and needs. You learn to differentiate the past experience from recent realities and begin to live in the present.

Group also helps you find courage and patience to stay committed to your healing process.

An ongoing therapy group has the same people in the group every week. The group therapists create safety and help the group to process issues that come up.

While many ongoing therapy groups have 8-10 members, Openings is limited to 6 members.


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General Information:

Spirituality

Spirituality includes a person’s deeply held beliefs and values and his or her relationship to the things in life that cannot be seen or measured. I work with people who are aware of their spirituality and participate in religious services as well as those who do not focus on that part of their lives.

What is spirituality?

Spirituality includes your deeply held beliefs and values as well as your relationship to the things in life that cannot be seen or measured.

What if I don’t care?

I work with people who are aware of their spirituality and participate in religious services as well as those who do not. I also welcome those of you who are not interested in or aware of that part of your lives.


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Cost

The fee for my time is $110 for 45-50 minute session. In January 2008, my fee is going up to $125 per session.


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Do you take insurance?

My services are covered by most insurance plans. I am an approved provider for APS, Care First Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO and Global Networks which include the Federal Employment Plan), Kaiser, and Medicare. If you have another insurance plan that has preferred providers or networks of providers, my services may not be covered. If your insurance plan has out-of-network benefits, my services would be covered.

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Do you have a sliding fee scale?

I have a limited number of reduced fee time slots for daytime appointments. If you need this consideration, please let me know. I’m happy to provide it if I’m able to.