I empower adults in DC to better understand themselves and others in order to lead happier, more fulfilling, and more authentic lives.
Psychotherapist in Washington, DC
Supervised by Dr. Rachel Miller
We are complex, dynamic creatures and the science of psychology has only begun to map our psychological systems. The truth is that any one time, our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are determined by an excruciating interplay of competing wants and needs, many of which began forming when we were young. Drawing deeper insight into ourselves can help us to take greater control of this interplay and beginning living a more authentic and values-driven life.
Understanding ourselves is impossible without understanding our relationships to others. We become who we are through other people— our early caregivers, our loved ones, our families— and continue to be shaped by our relationships even as adults. Seeing relationships as an essential ingredient to emotional health means seeing it as foundational to therapy, too. By crafting a warm, welcoming, and nonjudgmental therapeutic space, I help others improve their lives through the power of relating.
We are our identities, and while the personal is political, the political is also personal. The ways in which systemic oppression manifest in our lives, emotional well-being, and relationships is significant. Good therapy, in my view, can be a place to talk about how systems of oppression like racism, sexism, heterosexism, and cissexism affect your well-being— and what we together can do about it.
I love working with individuals on better understanding and strengthening their relationships. I practice from an attachment-focused lens, though I generally see attachment as most helpful when used as a tool rather than a diagnostic instrument. Better understanding how we engage in with others— and how we arrived at our current relational patterns—can help use to live happier, more connected lives.
Depression hurts, badly. It can turn our entire lives into prisons and leave us feeling worthless, disconnect from others, and hopeless. But there's a better way. I see depression as a confluence of lived experiences and neurobiological events that can be effectively managed with the right support and treatment. You can learn more at my website: drcollinvernay.com/depression
Anxiety may be weighing heavy on your chest— literally. Anxiety is the body's response to stress, but when it gets out of control, it can leave you feeling desperate even just to breathe. Fortunately, anxiety is highly responsive to therapy, and I've seen how treatment can help people like you to feel more in control, on balance, and at peace. You can learn more at my website: drcollinvernay.com/anxiety