Rachel Leipow, PhD

Psychology Associate

“There is a crack; a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” - Leonard Cohen, Anthem

About Me

I have a PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology and hold an associate license in psychology in the District of Columbia. My approach varies depending on your concerns and your goals. Through collaborative discussion, we will determine how to best work together.

Life can be hard sometimes, leaving us with bumps, bruises, and wounds that are difficult to heal on our own. I see therapy as a place where we can better understand ourselves so that we can heal and find a different and more meaningful way of being in the world. In the context of a safe and empathic therapeutic relationship, we are able to listen better to ourselves, understand our emotional pain, and see the ways that they have impacted our lives. It is through this process that the work of therapy can be both hard but ultimately rewarding.

In our work together, I will pull from psychodynamic, trauma-informed, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories; this means I pay attention to the dynamics in the session as well as the issues and experiences you bring into the room. I have worked with adults of all ages, and people with a range of racial and gender identities and sexual orientations. Much of my research and clinical work has focused on helping people heal from traumatic life experiences.

Education
BA, Hampshire College
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Psychology Internship, Albany Medical Center & Albany Stratton VA
Current Postdoctoral Fellowship, George Washington University Center Clinic

Services

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Integrated Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Specializations

  • Trauma, in childhood and adulthood
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Life transitions

Appointments

Sessions are 50-minutes. Longer prorated sessions may be discussed in treatment if indicated and scheduled in advance as availability permits.