When you are seeking support through a difficult time, such as job loss, death of a loved one, divorce, birth of a child, or physical illness, PGW therapists are here to help you. We believe that psychotherapy is for everyone, whether you are experiencing a major life trauma or a seemingly minor event, we can be of assistance.

We also offer child and adolescent services ranging from admissions testing for acceptance to the Metropolitan area’s top independent/private schools to play or family therapy that allows your child or adolescent to learn constructive ways to process and communicate his/her feelings, improve his/her mood and behave in more productive ways.


Admissions Testing

PGW understands the importance of providing your child with an educational foundation that will foster their future success. In doing so, many times the first step of exploring educational opportunities requires a psychological battery in order to establish an estimate of your child’s thinking and problem solving abilities.

This assessment is referred to as an admissions testing. Admission testing also assists in the process of applying for independent private schools.


Individual Therapy Sessions

PGW therapists provide services to individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents and seasoned adults in their later years. Life transitions and emotional challenges commonly addressed in treatment include(but are not limited to):

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety/Fear
  • ADHD (attention, concentration and impulsivity difficulties)
  • Bereavement, grief and loss
  • Body image issues
  • Chronic illness/pain
  • Communication difficulties
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Family conflicts
  • Gay and lesbian issues
  • Life changes and transitional issues
  • Marital issues
  • Occupational stress and performance issues
  • Panic reactions
  • Personal growth and development
  • Relationship concerns
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Stress management
  • Social challenges (i.e. shyness)
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Social and interpersonal skills
  • Trauma
  • Weight and body image concerns

Child Services

The Psychological Group of Washington understands that creating a perfect match between the client and therapist assists in establishing a positive therapeutic experience. This is especially true when working with children and adolescents; therefore, PGW offers both female and male child psychologists to foster your child’s growth and progress in treatment.

We service children between the ages of ages 3 to 12 and adolescents ages 13 to 19. PGW offers child and adolescent therapy coupled with parenting consultations to provide services in the following areas:

  • Academic learning difficulties
  • ADHD (attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and concentration challenges)
  • Adjustment through transitions
  • Behavioral and conduct problems
  • Bullying
  • Childhood depression
  • Divorce
  • Fears and anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Eating disorders
  • Elimination disorders (encopresis, enuresis)
  • Interpersonal Problems (difficulty making friends, shyness, social problems
  • Loss, grief and trauma
  • School refusal and school behavior issues
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Weight issues

Family Therapy Services

PGW offers expertise in a number of family issues that include:

  • Alternative families
  • Bereavement, Grief, Loss
  • Blended families
  • Collaborative planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Divorce
  • Effective communication
  • Parenting guidance
  • Problem solving
  • Life transition issues
  • Separation
  • Step families
  • Trauma

Couples Therapy Services

PGW offers expertise in marital and couple's issues including:

  • Collaborative planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Divorce
  • Healthy communication
  • Life transition issues
  • Loss, grief and trauma
  • Marital issues
  • Parenting concerns
  • Premarital issues
  • Problem-solving
  • Separation

Emotional Testing

Individuals of all ages are referred for emotional testing to gain information on the way they feel, the way they approach situations, to understand their decision making process, to understand behavioral problems or ascertain strengths and weaknesses. Emotional testing consists of a host of evaluations that together accurately diagnose psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders. At the conclusion of the emotional testing experience, PGW provides a comprehensive debriefing with you and your family (if so desired) to describe the findings and to provide personalized recommendations that include treatment options.

Depending upon the diagnosis, difficulties and the personal learning and coping style of the individual, treatment varies widely. However, treatment explored may include: behavior modification, cognitive-behavior therapy, coping skills development, couples therapy, family therapy, interpersonal therapy, parental guidance and/or play therapy.

PGW staff will be able to discuss the various types of treatment and partner with you to help determine the most effective next steps in facilitating your growth and development. Staff can also aid in arranging services among professionals. For an example, emotional testing may determine relational challenges that may be alleviated with the support of individual therapy.


Psychoeducational Testing

Academic difficulties with a student can be one of the most complex situations for teachers, parents and the student. Discovering the learning style of a student for a teacher can be quite challenging with the demands that they have. For parents, they may not understand what makes it difficult for their child to grasp the concepts presented in the classroom. Many students who continue to experience academic challenges have a higher risk of feeling discouraged and experiencing low self-esteem, truancy, drug use and school drop out. Even gifted children who often have an uneven set of cognitive abilities may experience fear when approaching tasks that are outside of the realm of their comfort.

Psychoeducational testing is used to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses and learning style to be used to generate appropriate interventions, classroom and home-based accommodations and school placement.

Psychoeducational testing evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a student's academic abilities, learning style and educational achievement. Through psycho educational testing global areas of academic functioning are assessed which include, reading, writing and mathematics. Disorders in these areas are ascertained by the assessment as well as reveal the severity of the student’s difficulties (mild, moderate, severe) in comparison to same aged and educationally exposed children. Psycho educational evaluations also help determine if other factors are impacting the student’s ability to be receptive to the curriculum. Research indicates that children and adolescents with learning disorders have a much higher rate of ADHD, as well as behavioral problems. Thus, typically it is essential to determine the presence or absence of other potential processing problems such as: ADHD, dyslexia, executive functioning disorder, visual motor integration disorder and nonverbal learning disability.

Once the findings are reviewed, PGW will provide a comprehensive report, an in-depth feedback session and specific recommendations to address diagnosis and treatment. PGW will serve to determine if the student is eligible for education services under IDEIA, 2004. Recommendations provided may assist the school in the development of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) as well as develop appropriate classroom accommodations such as preferential seating, additional time on tasks and tests, use of a computer and certified tutoring.

Based upon the needs of the student, PGW staff is trained to partner with parents, schools, tutors, educational consultants/advocates etc. to devise an educational plan that will enhance the student’s academic performance.


Group Psychotherapy

If working one-on-one with a therapist is not enough to fully address your issues, consider finding the support you need through group psychotherapy. In group psychotherapy, many individuals find that working with peers and two psychotherapists can provide dual support, in addition to the camaraderie of others who participate and share their own perspectives and experiences. Group psychotherapy can assist you in working on relationships in your personal, professional and family life. Currently, PGW provides both open* and closed** groups.

Closed Groups:

  • requires an intake prior to attendance
  • pre-registration is required

Open Groups:

  • open enrollment
  • space is limited
  • pre-registration is preferred
  • Relationship Therapy Group Tues. & Wed.



Charter School Services

  • Classroom Observations
  • Individual Therapy
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Development
  • Group Therapy
  • Teacher Consultation
  • Parent Consultation
  • Psychological Testing
  • Special Education Eligibility Determination (IDEIA,2004)
  • Staff In-Service Trainings
  • Student Support Team (SST) Consultation (i.e. RTI, recommendations, etc)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Vocational Assessments

Continuing Education Courses (CEUs) and Training 

PGW supports trainees and professionals in their continued education and growth. We offer opportunities to participate in the following workshops:

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Text Revision (DSM-IV TR)
  • Ethics
  • Diversity
  • Stress Management
  • Forensic Issues in Psychology
  • The Role of Psychologists in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004)
  • Autism
  • Child Protective Service Reporting

Department of Disability Service (DDS)

Diagnostic Assessment Report (DAR)

Behavior Support Services

  • Behavior Support Plan Development (BSP)
  • Consultation/Meeting Participation
  • Staff Training/Support Services



District of Columbia Public School Services (DCPS)

Independent Educational Evaluation Services (IEE)

  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Neuropsychological Evaluations
  • Educational Evaluations
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Social History

Compensatory Education Services

  • Behavior Support Services