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Psychiatry Consultation
3207 Cleveland Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20008
3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20008

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By doing this search and finding yourself here, you may be in the midst of suffering psychological pain and wondering if relief is possible. Or you may be confused, struggling and questioning if you are on the right path. Most people do not realize how painful psychological pain can be except when they themselves are in it. And there is suffering when you just sense something is missing and feel stuck. You are now one step closer to helping yourself get to a better place. I am a Board Certified MD Psychiatrist who is primarily a solution-focused psychotherapist. What that means is that I am a physician with advanced training in understanding how the brain and mind work. As a physician I look at the whole person and can help determine if some problems may be physically based or related to medications you may be taking. However, I am primarily a psychotherapist who works on helping you understand what motivates you and what you avoid in life. I try to help you see clearly what is occurring in your life, what are the real difficulties and what are old attitudes and patterns that limit you. And most important I help you discover and face the challenges in your life now. My goal is to help you get unstuck and begin to make better choices when you may feel you have no choices. My focus is to help you reduce the pain or frustration you are currently facing and uncover your true strengths and capabilities to solve problems. The end result is to find happiness and develop resilience in the life you have and the life you want to create (even if right now, you may not see or believe that this is possible) It is possible. Change can begin NOW. These may sound like big empty words...big promises... but they are actually quite meaningful and changes can be made. There is hope. Just the fact that you are still reading this indicates your openness to new possibilities for yourself. While we can't change our history and the reality of the difficult and painful situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve the challenges in your life now. Our attitudes and thoughts can be the source of great pain and convince us that things will never be different. And we often limit our relationships and ourselves in ways that we are unaware of. And on top of that, we often limit ourselves by repeating patterns that we are only too aware of...but can't seem to change. All too frequently we live our lives on automatic pilot, we pass through life mindlessly, we act impulsively (and often predictably) and then we find ourselves not where we want to be. And then we don't understand how this happened and are confused about what to do. Sometimes when the normal difficulties and disappointments of life present themselves, we feel overwhelmed and without the strength to deal with the difficult realities in healthy ways. My approach to therapy is to help you learn techniques to recognize and take control of the parts of your life that you do have control over (often more than you think or wish to admit). I also help you recognize and overcome the repetitive patterns that you may feel trapped by and overcome learned limitations. These patterns predictably lead to disappointment, pain, anxiety, depression, and lowered self-esteem and in short: a limited life. And perhaps the most important thing I work to do with you is to help you rediscover the abilities and potentials that you have forgotten and to remind you of the possibilities you do have. However we all need to learn what we don't have control over and learn how to live better with what is...how to live with the realities of life...and not have life's difficulties and disappointments determine and restrict everything else in our lives as we change what we do have control over. If you're looking for additional support and perhaps guidance through a challenging or painful situation.... therapy can help. Or maybe you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life and another view would be valuable (some people refer to this as coaching or mentoring) (I believe this is what good therapy really is).

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Disappointed. Felt very rushed between other patients. He seems very self absorbed, as his website reads. Seems to work better with males than females. Old school.

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I feel so comfortable talking to Dr. Drell. I feel like I can express myself and not be judged. He is a great listener and offers wonderful insight and suggestions. Amazing!

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I was terribly nervous going in, and optimistic and sure footed coming out. I think Dr. Drell does his best to make you feel like talking, and then make you feel like you can take things on. A positive approach peppered with the right amount of humor and cynicism.

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