Ruth Berkowitz Portrait

About Me

I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University, where I trained in both adult and child psychotherapy as well as psychological assessment. I have experience working with a diverse group of individuals with respect to gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Before opening my private practice, I provided psychotherapy and testing services for children, adolescents, and adults in various settings, including university-based clinics, outpatient community mental health centers, and private schools. I have worked as part of the treatment team at a therapeutic nursery school that was designed to promote social, emotional, and cognitive growth through play and relating to others.

I take an active, collaborative, empathic approach to working with individuals. My approach is psychodynamic. This means that I believe that early experiences impact many aspects of our lives, including the way we think about ourselves and interact with our environment. Often, these factors lead people to think and behave in certain ways that may impede their ability to live the life they would like to have. At times people will notice such patterns, but be uncertain why they behave in such ways. At other times, such patterns are not in one's awareness at the time. I work with my patients to better notice and understand the way they think and act with regard to themselves and others. When individuals become more aware of these factors, they can make more informed choices in their lives, feel emotional relief, find greater success, and live freer, more joyful lives.