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Dr. Lise Van Susteren, MD

Forensic Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist

Professional statement

Lise Van Susteren is an experienced and attentive psychiatrist serving her patients in Washington, DC. Dr. Van Susteren is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is certified to practice forensic psychiatry. Dr. Van Susteren is French bilingual, and she received her medical education from the University of Paris. She then attended the Hospital Se. Anne, the American Hospital in Paris, and the Hospital Tokoin in Lome, Togo to complete her internships. Dr. Van Susteren attended the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington to complete her psychiatry residency. Dr. Van Susteren provides mental state opinions, psychotherapy, grief counseling, behavioral therapy, marriage counseling, and post-traumatic stress disorder counseling for her patients. She invites patients that are experiencing anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, alcoholism, worry, migraines, obsessive compulsive disorder, vertigo, and personality disorders to visit her and have her help empower them to overcome their conditions. Dr. Van Susteren is an expert in providing insight-oriented psychotherapy to allow her patients to facilitate their own understanding and overcome their challenges. Dr. Van Susteren does not see patients for ADD medication refills.

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist
  • Forensic Psychiatrist

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Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Université de Paris Faculté de Médecine
  • Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Residency in Psychiatry

Awards and publications

  • Huffington Post- Blogger

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1376695676

Office locations

Lise Van Susteren, M.D.

1609 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

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Lise is both extremely knowledgable, and has a high emotional IQ, which resulted in a great first-time experience for me. The atmosphere was calming and allowed for an honest, and productive, conversation, and it felt like I had known her for a while, not just an hour!
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Could not have been worse. Went in for couples' counseling and she never even asked my name. She seemed distant and disinterested, which is the last thing you want in a therapist. She suggested that I get into transcendental meditation tohelp mitigate my anxiety. When I went to see her for individual followup she barely seemed to remember me. Rather than talking about strategies to improve my relationship, she made it clear that she believed any problems between my partner and me were my fault and a result of my anxiety. I was assured by my individual therapist (a different person) that this is a HIGHLY unprofessional thing to suggest to a patient. She kept pushing transcendental meditation, even though I had read the literature she gave me and told her that I was educated on the subject and neither interested nor able to afford it. She offered no help other than that, and looked at me like I was stupid when I asked for other suggestions and strategies to help my relationship.
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DR. LISE certainly gave me GOOD food for thought. I admire her strength & am grateful for her counsel. THANKS! M.
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Dr. Van Susteren was very professional and very compassionate.
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Amazingly thorough, intelligent, compassionate--even inspiring. And, truly, it's remarkable for me to say any such things about a psychiatrist--though I'm married to different one (who's also one of the rare, caring ones). My husband can't, of course, serve as MY psychiatrist, so I'm very grateful for Dr. Van Susteren!
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very good psychiatrist....
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Welcoming, insightful, and understanding. Dr. Van Susteren is my new psychiatrist!
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Excellent. First psychiatrist that I've felt actually helped me. She does not just throw medicine at problems.
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Dr Van Susteran was very friendly. However, when I scheduled my appointment with i found It odd that she needed to interview me on the phone prior to appointment to theo see if I would meet her standards as a patient!!Well my condition was deemed acceptable to her, so we had our appointment. I found out she is the CEO of a company, so i get the sense she does psychiatry just for entertainment. I ended up telling her my life story, and all she could ask was " what \was your first memory growing up?" that was the most bogus question I have ever heard of, its like she was incompetent and didn't know how to respond to my situation.. So im not employed at the moment, yet i have plenty of savings, so i can afford a psychiatrist. I feel when she found out i wasnt working, she dismissed me, as someone who couldn't afford her, so she recommended a clinic which is impossible to get an appointment, and recommended a book. I was very polite, thanked her, and she ignored my requests at continuing treatment. It's really annoying to tell someone your life story, and have them tell you, that your story isn't worth their time. She doesn't seem like a good psychiatrist
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Very professional woman and very informative.
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I am very thankful for Dr. Van Susteren. She was very informative, genuine, compassionate, thoughtful in thinking through my problems, and to discuss the appropriateness of medications and psychotherapy. She was genuine about helping herpatient, and to identifying the route of the underlying problem. She recommends homework, and to further readings. She explores with the patient how to best help her patient. She is very nice to not charge me for the session. I appreciate her sincere help, and compassion to help her patient and not just to medicate her patient. I would highly recommend her for her compassion, and sincerity to helping her patient. Thank you.
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Not a great experience with this physician– I was only looking for a new MD because my previous MD was too far away from where I lived and worked and her office was not accessible by public transportation.This doctor seems tobe more of a therapist that an M.D. and doesn't seem to believe in the validity of medication for diagnosed mental health issues. She begrudgingly wrote a prescription for medication I've been taking for a long time, but didn't seem amenable to prescribing it in the long-term, insisting that my issues could be addressed solely through therapy and meditation, etc. If you believe that medication is one legitimate component of a multifaceted approach to mental health, know that this is probably not your doctor.
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Dr. Van Susteren was welcoming and easy to talk to. Despite a scheduling error, she was able to meet up with me on short notice. Her hours are great for young professionals. I look forward to a rewarding therapeutic relationship with her in the future.
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Direct. Bright. Great listener. Insightful.
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Dr. Van Susteren is excellent. My first appointment with her was very helpful. She is punctual. Her office is open an relaxing. Dr. Van Susteren is a fantastic human being. I look forward to continuing to work with her.
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Extremely disorganized. Very poor follow-up. She prescribed me a new medication and then didn't make any effort to contact me to ask how I was adjusting, despite only prescribing a short-term course. She never called to ask if I was comingback, how I was doing, etc. Generally just got the sense that she was disorganized and didn't do a good job of "keeping track" of her clients. Also kept recommending that I join a specific meditation group, and counter-advised against other meditation groups that didn't charge the high training fees that her preferred group charges to "teach" their technique. At the time, she would say things like "I don't say this to everyone that comes to see me," but then I met other patients of hers at an informational session the group offered. Very unprofessional practice.
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Incredibly brilliant lady! Can't wait to out next appt!
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I am forever grateful for her - she saved my life!
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she is excellent understandable professional and kind
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Dr. Van Susteren was fantastic -- extremely knowledgable, comprehensive, and interested in getting to know me and my needs well. Very highly recommended!
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She was outstanding. Very intuitive and responsive. Asked all the right questions and developed my trust very early
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Extremely helpful and accommodating. Her hours are GREAT -- Sundays and 7:15 pm on weekdays? So convenient for young professionals who work long hours. Her session fees are really good for DC, typically $100 to $200 less than the other pricesI was quoted. Also, she bills every month, which great for people don't want to pay session to session. Highly recommended.
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Dr. VAn Susteren was a great listener and comprehended the situation quite impressively...She gave sound advice and even did some post-appointment follow-up right there during the actual appointment...Definitely on the ball...Feels good to have another great mind on my team...
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She is kind, very objective yet extremely insightful! Great suggestions for any life situation.
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