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Individual Psychotherapy

Dr. Bakalar specializes in working with adults seeking therapy related to trauma, loss, and stress. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds with particular expertise working with clients navigating early and middle adulthood transitions, healthcare professionals, military and Veteran communities, and individuals whose professions involve elevated risk of trauma exposure. 

Traumatic Stress

  • Post-traumatic Growth

  • Exposure to Violence or Death

  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse

  • Medical Trauma

  • Military and Combat Trauma
  • Moral Injury

  • Secondary Trauma

  • Vicarious Trauma

  • Gender-Based Violence

  • Intergenerational Trauma

  • Betrayal

  • Self-Blame

Grief and Loss

  • Bereavement

  • Anticipatory Grief

  • Disenfranchised Grief

  • Suicide Loss

  • Homicide Loss

  • Ambiguous Loss

  • Pet Loss

  • Prolonged Grief

Relational Concerns

  • Interpersonal Conflict

  • Family Concerns

  • Estrangement

  • Communication 

  • Loneliness

  • Caregiver Stress

Anxiety and Panic

  • Generalized Anxiety

  • Social Anxiety

  • Avoidance​

  • Excessive Worry

  • Catastrophic Thinking

Depression

  • Loss of Interest​

  • Low Self-Worth

  • Self-Esteem

  • Low Motivation

Mind-Body Connection

  • Stress Management

  • Mindfulness Practices

  • Sleep Difficulties

  • Emotional Eating

  • Binge Eating

  • Sexual Concerns

Adjustment and Identity

  • Multicultural Identity Exploration

  • Gender Role Concerns

  • Phase of Life Transitions

  • Sense of Purpose or Meaning

Clinical Consultation

More information coming soon!

If you are a licensed and independently practicing healthcare provider interested in seeking clinical consultation with Dr. Bakalar, please reach out to schedule an initial phone call so that we can discuss your needs and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in the beginning?

The first one to four appointments serve as an opportunity for you to get a sense of what it would be like for us to work together and for me to learn more about you, your reasons for coming in, and your goals for therapy. At the end of the initial consultation, we will discuss treatment recommendations and we will decide whether to begin psychotherapy.

 

 

How long does therapy last?

Determining the length of treatment is a collaborative process based on your treatment goals and personal circumstances. The most compelling response I've heard to this question is, 'as long as it takes and not a day longer.' During the first few appointments, we will develop a treatment plan together that we can review and modify as we progress.

How does confidentiality work?

It is my legal and ethical duty to maintain the confidentiality of your treatment, with limited exceptions that are either mandated or permitted by law and pertain primarily to safety. We will discuss these policies in detail as early as possible, typically at the beginning of the first appointment. Please see the practice Notice of Privacy Practices form for more information. 

Do you accept insurance? 

I am a non-network provider, meaning that I do not have a contract with any health insurance carriers. Many insurance policies offer out-of-network benefits, which will cover a substantial portion of your psychotherapy fees. Psychotherapy is commonly covered by Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plans. You are strongly encouraged to verify your benefits prior to initiating services. You may request itemized statements (i.e., superbills) that list the information required for the claims, which includes a diagnosis code.

For adult TRICARE beneficiaries, I am a certified non-network provider. Please review the details of your plan to determine if a referral is required to initiate care.

All clients have the right to receive a "Good Faith Estimate" explaining how much your mental health care will cost. I welcome and encourage conversations about billing to support you in making an informed and financially sustainable decision for your mental health care.

Do you offer reduced fee or no fee services?

Yes. Reduced and no fee slots are currently full as of April 2024. If financial accessibility is a priority for you, the following organizations* may be able to help:

Open Path Collective

Pro Bono Counseling (Maryland residents)

Open Counseling (DC residents)

The Headstrong Project (Military community)

*Dr. Bakalar is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed. These links are provided as general mental health resources and their inclusion on this website does not constitute a formal endorsement of these services.
 

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