Clinical Services Division
Referral Service in the Washington Metro and Baltimore Areas
If you are looking for a referral to a highly trained psychotherapist, the Referral Service of our Clinical Services Division can assist you.
The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS has a long tradition of serving the community with diverse, well-trained and experienced psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. Our institute is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA), which has rigorous accreditation standards.
How does our Referral Service work?
If you are in the Washington Metro Area, call 301-230-9884.
If you are in the Baltimore Area, call 410-727-9884
Once you initiate contact, a consultant will talk with you by phone about your particular concerns and how they might be addressed. If you prefer an initial in-person interview, that is also available. There is no charge for the initial screening, whether by phone or by an in-person interview. Within a week, you will be given the name of a psychotherapist for you to meet.
Who will you be referred to?
We have a network of clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who are training, or who have completed their training, at the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS. Our psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, who represent a range of specialties, are experienced, and have passed a rigorous selection process.
How much will the therapy or analysis cost? Is it possible to use a managed care plan?
Because we can refer you to therapists who set their fees based on a sliding scale, we will do our best to provide therapy or analysis at a cost you can afford. Many of our therapists and analysts are participants in a variety of managed care plans. The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS is committed to finding a way to work with you so you get the best possible therapy or analytic treatment.
What kinds of concerns lead people to call?
Almost everyone who crosses a psychotherapist's threshold is looking for relief from some distress and wants to live a more complete and satisfying life. Working with an empathic and non-judgmental therapist who can help you express what's on your mind at your own pace, and clarify the impact of past experiences on the present, is an effective way to gain control of your life.
The concerns people bring to therapy are complex and varied. Though they don't have to fit into any particular category, some of the issues that people typically talk to a therapist about are:
- relationships that are unsatisfying.
- conflicts with family members.
- putting other's needs before one's own.
- being excessively self-critical.
- lack of career satisfaction.
- writing or other performance blocks.
- low self-esteem or lack of confidence.
- life transitions such as a new baby, mid-life changes, or retirement.
- mourning losses such as miscarriage, infertility, separation, divorce, or death of loved ones.
- anxiety, phobias and panic attacks.
- destructive patterns in relation to eating, drinking, using drugs.
- memories of earlier traumatic events.
- worries and confusion about identity.
- a diagnosis of an acute or chronic illness.
Is there therapy available for children?
Yes, we can refer you to therapists who work with children and adolescents, as well as with parents and their infants or toddlers. Parents call on behalf of their children regarding a wide range of concerns, including: bereavement, separation, or divorce; problems in school; difficulties with siblings or peers; chronic illness or injury; excessive worry; struggles with parents or authority figures, or other behavioral difficulties.
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