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ABIGAIL 
SCHWARTZ, JD, LICSW. 

 

Therapist in Washington DC

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.

I’m passionate about working with clients who are interested in exploring the relationship between trauma and their compulsive behaviors. Addiction, over-reliance of food, or being always busy may be ways in which some people have learned to manage anxiety and numb emotional pain. I worked for two years in a DC based Outpatient Recovery Centers where I co-facilitated therapy groups and worked with individuals confronting drug and alcohol addiction.

I also enjoyed working with mission-driven professionals who are experiencing burnout, or symptoms of vicarious trauma, in particular those who work in international humanitarian organizations helping survivors of domestic violence and forced migration. As someone who has lived and worked in the South East region, and has a MA in South East Asian studies, I welcome the opportunity to work with the Southeast Asian community living and working in the DC Area.

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. I am finishing a 2-year long specialization in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry. 

I’m also a graduate of a year long training on therapy for Grief and Trauma at the Wendt Center.