Stuart Andrews, Ph.D.


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I am a clinical psychologist in Reston, Virginia with 22 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. In my practice I specialize in Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

Some of my areas of specialization include:

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
  • Relationship Problems and Couples Therapy
  • Therapy for somatic disorders, such as gastrointestinal distress, headaches, body pains, etc.
  • Therapy for Trauma and PTSD
  • Therapy for Personality Disorders
  • Adolescent psychotherapy
  • Grief Counseling
  • Work and Career issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Parent/Child Relationship Issues
  • Performance Enhancement for Artists, Athletes, and Musicians
  • Psychotherapy for treatment-resistant conditions for which other therapies or medications have failed
I am the co-founder of The Center for Emotional Health.

In addition to providing psychotherapy, I offer supervision and training for mental health providers. I am certified as a teacher and supervisor through the International Association of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2008, I spent over a decade conducting psychotherapy research at the Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School, as well as teaching short-term dynamic psychotherapy to clinical psychology interns and psychiatry residents. I have authored numerous articles on psychotherapy and psychotherapy research, as well as a book, Treating Affect Phobia: A Treatment Manual for Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (Guilford Press), about a model of ISTDP that evolved from 50 years of research, and integrates psychodynamic, experiential, and mindfulness approaches. I am a current adjunct faculty at George Mason University, and past Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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