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The Waterfront Center
1010 Wisconsin Ave NW
Suite 515
Washington, DC
202.333.3100

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About Susan B Diamond, LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and have been in private practice in Georgetown since June 1993. I started my career thirty years ago working with adolescents and their families in a runaway shelter in Virginia. I worked for fourteen years in a hospital setting where I provided psychiatric and medical social work. In this setting, I worked in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, dialysis, and intensive care units. I also worked closely with the dually-diagnosed patients with substance abuse and mental health issues - as well as with the chronically mentally ill to assist them and their families throughout the hospitalization process. I have extensive experience working with the geriatric population as well as with issues related to death and dying. For four years, I worked in an eating disorder center as a psychotherapist where a team approach was practiced for treating young adults and their families. I managed the Employee Assistance Program at the Library of Congress for eleven years where I provided on-site counseling and consultation to employees, their spouses, domestic partners and benefit eligible dependents. I also worked closely with managers, supervisors, and labor organizations on the issues of workforce performance.

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What Is Psychodynamic Therapy?

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as manifested in a person's present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are developing a client's self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior...
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What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on the idea that our thoughts, rather than external situations, people or events, cause our feelings and influence our behavior. The benefit of cognitive-behavioral therapy is that we can change the way we think so that we feel or act better...
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I received my Masters in Social Work from the Virginia Commonwealth University in May, 1991. I am a member of the Greater Washington Clinical Society for Social Work (GWSCSW) and the American Academy of Psychotherapists (AAP). I am licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland.

My background and training are in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I usually draw from a mixture of these therapies and techniques, as well as other resources, based on my client's needs.

To learn information about these types of therapies and others as well as information on various diagnoses, you can go to: