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ABIGAIL 
SCHWARTZ, JD, LGSW. 

SUPERVISED BY:
BETH KANTER, LICSW.

Therapist in Washington DC

Hello!

From one high-achiever to another, I’m here to help you get to the bottom of your difficulties, so that you can experience lasting relief and become an even better version of yourself. I will challenge you to treat yourself with as much kindness as you treat others.

Life can be overwhelming and when that happens your usual coping strategies don’t work as well. Know that you’re not alone, especially if you haven’t been doing too well during this surreal COVID era!

I imagine you’ve always managed to maintain control– or at least the appearance of it — but not knowing what else to do, you find yourself doubling down on more of the same.

When working long hours does nothing to soothe your fear that you are an imposter, you work more.

When one glass of wine fails to take the edge off your work stress, your pour yourself another.

When one bowl of ice cream barely makes a dent in your resentment towards your spouse, you finish the pint.

Afterwards, your frustration with yourself builds into a litany of self-criticism.

And to make matters worse, you are starting to feel like the curtain separating your private and public selves is slipping, revealing the mess backstage.

Maybe you missed an important meeting at work, or your partner found the empty wine bottle you carefully hid in the recycling bin. Others are starting to notice you don’t have total control and you wonder how much longer you can keep up the act.

You never thought you would find yourself in a therapist’s “virtual office” but COVID seems like as good a time as any to face your messiness. 

If you constantly feel like the other shoe is about to drop, it’s time to start therapy.

 

Therapy with me

I believe personal growth emerges from greater self-awareness and I aim to create a safe therapeutic environment in which you can feel free to share your untold stories.

In my experience as a therapist, I have become particularly aware and interested in the relationship between trauma and compulsive behaviors. Addiction, over-reliance of food, or being always busy may be ways in which you probably have learned to manage your anxiety and numb emotional pain.

If you’re highly motivated to dig in deeply and are committed to become the best version of your self instead of settling for band-aid solution to their current problems, I’m ready to work with you. 

About Me

Before becoming a therapist, I had a previous career working for international democracy building and human rights organizations which provided me with the opportunity to travel, work, and live in South East Asia for extended periods of time. I lived in Thailand for a year. I also lived in Cambodia. My experience living in this part of the world, allows me to work very well with individuals from this cultural background. 

My training

I have a master’s degree in clinical social work from Catholic University, a JD, and a masters degree in South East Asian studies. Currently, I’m pursuing a two-year training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. 

I did a year long training at the Wendt Center on therapy for Grief and Trauma. In addition to my work at CEPS, I work at Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers in Washington, DC where I co-facilitate therapy groups and work with individuals confronting drug and alcohol addiction. I also have experience working with survivors of domestic violence and forced migration. 

 

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