Dr. Cliff Ayers, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience helping individuals and couples to experience happier, more fulfilling lives. Clients describe me as both empathic and logical, and I am interactive in style compared to the more passive style of therapist.
As an individual therapist I tailor my approach to your own strengths and style of learning, often combining elements of cognitive, humanistic, and insight and depth oriented approaches as indicated. Together we may address a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-worth, stress, grief, anger, and relationship or work problems.
As a marriage or couples therapist, I primarily utilize Imago Relationship Therapy, which is a powerful approach for transforming conflict or withdrawal in relationships into an experience that restores connection. This includes situations in which one of the partners has had an affair.
I have offices in both the Georgetown area of Washington, DC and in Great Falls, VA, making me convenient to clients from multiple locations in the Washington area.
Many people complain that they feel their work has no greater meaning. I am fortunate to have chosen a career that allows me to have deep, meaningful conversations with people every day about the most important aspects of their lives. I am a lucky man.
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
All the research on success in psychotherapy shows that a match betweem therapist and client is the most important single factor in improvement. In order for you to determine how you feel talking with me or anyone else, it is important that we meet in person and determine that we each feel good about working together further. For this reason, our first session is without charge if either of us decides not to continue. You are charged only if we both decide to continue.