ABOUT JANE WHITAKER
Welcome, and thank you for looking at my profile. If you are new to therapy or returning to therapy, I appreciate your courage on this journey. I work collaboratively with you to identify your goals, and we review along the way to be sure we are staying on track and making progress. We explore thoughts, emotions, sensations, and beliefs. We identify patterns of thought and behavior that serve you well, and those that hold you back from living more fully. We work for greater self awareness and self acceptance, more capacity and resilience. I use mindfulness in my work and incorporate body awareness. I am influenced by the teachings of two Buddhist teachers who are also psychologists, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.
I welcome couples in my practice. Relationships challenge us to be the best we can be. In committed relationships we are asked to hold both a sense of self and to intimately connect with another. When our sense of safety, identity, and connection is threatened, we react strongly, increasing our desire to control or reach out or to withdraw. Couples’ counseling can identify patterns of behavior that create distance, often learned in our earlier relational experiences, and provide an environment to practice new behaviors that increase safety and closeness.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Women coming out of marriage
Anxiety disorders (panic attacks, phobias, OCD, PTSD)
Mood disorders, (depression, bipolar)
Loss and bereavement
Addictions and co-dependency
Personal growth and spirituality
EDUCATION AND LICENSING:
I have a master's of science degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1977, and I am a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia.
I have worked as a psychotherapist for over thirty years. My clinical experience includes five years at the Whitman Walker Clinic in Virginia working with the LGBT community and people living with HIV; fourteen years in a clinic specialized in treating people with anxiety disorders, and eight years working in an outpatient recovery program for people with addictions. I have provided clinical supervision to professionals and graduate students since 1982. I have had a private practice since 1999.
TRAININGS AND CERTIFICATIONS:
My certifications in three specific programs have deepened my skills in addressing symptoms of trauma, anxiety, and depression. I have been certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method™.
EMDR promotes healing from trauma by using eye movement or rhythmic tapping to move between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, allowing integration of encapsulated, difficult memories.
The Rubenfeld Synergy Method™ is a body-centered psychotherapy that helps one become aware of and release suppressed memories and emotions stored in the body. This four year training program is based on Gestalt Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique.
I will soon become certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.
Somatic Experiencing is an approach to healing trauma that helps one re-learn the body’s natural ability for self-regulation of the nervous system.
I have had numerous other trainings, among them Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy, addictions and co-dependency, and two forms of couples’ therapy, IMAGO and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy).
PAYMENT POLICIES AND INSURANCE
I am a participating provider for Medicare and BCBS PPO plans and am an out-of-network provider for other insurers. My services include filing insurance claims for you. Call to discuss fees and payment options if you have questions about insurance or ability to pay. I accept payment at the time of service, either cash or check, no credit cards.
Monday through Thursday, day and evening appointments. Call 703-824-0324 for more information and appointment scheduling.
(15 minutes from downtown DC and 15 minutes from Old Town Alexandria)
By car: Near Shirlington and King St. exits off I-395; free on-street parking.
By Metro/Bus: The bus stop at 34th and S. Wakefield is across street from my office.
Plan your trip using www.wmata.com.
Handicap Access: No