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Richard P. Fleitas, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
“We have more possibilities available in each moment
than we realize.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh
If you found your way here, you are looking to change in some way. Whether dealing with loss or trauma, anxiety, or just struggling to be more productive and happy, contacting me could be a great place to start.
take control of
The goals for your time with me are something we'll establish together. From that collaborative beginning, I will develop a plan that we can agree on that will propel you forward.
If you have gotten this far, it is likely that you are ready to make some changes. If you are looking for a psychologist in the DC area, please do not hesitate to call me to arrange a phone conference. As the relationship is a key factor to successful therapy, our speaking briefly will give you a chance to see if this would be a good fit for you.
In my therapeutic work I focus on forming a collaborative alliance with my clients. Flexibility, openness, and an appreciation of context are guiding principles I use when formulating clinical impressions. I believe the most effective therapy involves clients as active participants in the treatment process.
I place great value on my clients’ perception of their problems, and I acknowledge my clients as experts on their own experiences.
Working within an integrative psychotherapy framework, I feel comfortable allowing the process to be guided by what clients bring to the session. I work with concepts from a variety of traditional theories, e.g., experiential, cognitive behavioral, positive psychology, as well as principles of mindfulness.
peace in this moment.
Day to day struggles may seem overwhelming at times.
People often enter into therapy because recurring stressors have left them feeling powerless to change. Therapy develops as an engaging process of working together to discover new choices.
We identify concrete steps to help you gain greater fulfillment in relationships, self-esteem, emotional control, and in an overall sense of peace.
You need not struggle to manage everything on your own. The cornerstone of successful treatment is the relationship. Whether in person or while meeting over online teleconferecing (VTC) / telemental health, our collaborative relationship will guide our work.
The relationship with your therapist should be one of trust and safety. Within the unique confines of this relationship, you can strip away all of the niceties, superficiality, and clutter that often seems necessary or expected in your normal social life. This frees you up to explore any hurdles blocking more fully engaging in your life with intent.
Richard P. Fleitas, Psy.D.
Through our sessions I have found my voice. My relationships have improved dramatically, especially with my family.
I am no longer afraid in my own skin. Beyond just teaching coping mechanisms, you helped me form a more compassionate view of myself and this has changed how react in so many situations.
Our work gave me the confidence to advocate for myself at work in ways I never could have in the past. I feel respected now and can focus my energy and more important things like perfecting my craft.
This assessment report finally gives us the words to describe our son's limitations, but more importantly, it highlights his strengths and abilities. The recommendations went far beyond just a "diagnosis" and helped us structure a school program where he can finally thrive.
These strategies are working. Thank you for providing such terrific recommendations for reading outside of our sessions. This process seems faster than therapies in the past.