Leila Bremer, PsyD

I am trained as a psychodynamic psychologist. As such, I believe that our early experiences shape our later expectations of ourselves and our relationships. Through psychotherapy, I assist patients in examining patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may have begun early in life and continue to generate unhappiness, with the goal of helping to relieve the depression and anxiety. As patients gain self-awareness and come to recognize and handle their feelings more adeptly, they often develop a more cohesive identity. I have extensive experience integrating cognitive-behavioral techniques into the treatment as necessary to address more circumscribed problems (i.e. phobias, trichotillomania). While working to mitigate them, I am still mindful of understanding what underlies the patient’s vulnerability to developing these particular symptoms.

After conducting a thorough assessment, I provide recommendations and develop a treatment plan based on the specific needs of the patient. My approach is collaborative and supportive as I help people develop deeper insight into why they do the things they do and feel the way they feel. As a consequence, patients are able to exercise more conscious control over the choices they make, leading to a greater sense of agency and autonomy and more satisfying interpersonal relationships.

My clinical interests are varied. I work primarily with adults and older adolescents who suffer
from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, eating disorders and grief reactions. I have extensive experience working with trauma survivors, including women who have been sexually assaulted. I work with a number of professionals who are grappling with relationship and career issues, in addition to other forms of psychological distress. Given my ongoing connection with Georgetown University, I often treat undergraduate and graduate students from local universities.

Further Areas of Expertise:
Problems with Self-Esteem
Relationship Issues
Trauma and PTSD
Sexual Assault
Intimacy Issues
Eating Disorders
Career Issues
Loss and Grief

Practice Overview

  • District of Columbia — PSY1000258
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders
  • Career and Life Adjustments
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD/Traumatic Response
  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
  • Psychodynamic Treatment
  • Existential/Humanistic/Interpersonal

Professional Affiliations

  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists

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