Psychotherapy can be a powerful tool for change. My approach with clients is collaborative, supportive, and results-oriented. In a safe and nonjudgmental environment, my overarching aim is to provide you with the insights and tools that will help you create a more productive and fulfilling life. We will start with where you are, and work together to make long-lasting changes.

I provide individual psychotherapy for adults grappling with a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Academic and professional concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Healthy identity development
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
  • Recovery from trauma and abuse
  • Relationship difficulties

I tailor my therapeutic approach according to your individual needs, as each person’s situation is unique.  I practice integratively, drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and compassion-focused approaches.  This means that I can call upon a wide range of tools and strategies to help you reach your goals for treatment.  My work as a journalist and author also complements my psychological understanding, as it keeps me up-to-date on the latest developments in evidence-based treatment.

You are probably here because you want to make a change in your life and find new ways to confront challenges. In an effective therapy you can learn to better cope with life’s difficulties, and be happier and more satisfied with yourself and in your relationships.

I provide a 20 minute phone consultation to answer any questions that you may have.


Fees and Insurance

I am commonly asked if I take insurance. Yes, I serve as an out of network provider. An out of network provider is a practitioner who has not contracted with an insurance company to provide services.

As a licensed clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia, my professional services qualify for reimbursement under most insurance plans. Insurance companies typically consider my fees as being within the acceptable range (i.e., usual, customary, and reasonable or “UCR”).  I will provide you with the documentation required for reimbursement.  As a courtesy, I can also file out-of-network claims on your behalf.

Usually, insurance will reimburse a percentage of the cost of your psychotherapy sessions. This amount is calculated according to its “benefits package.” The reimbursement amount is largely dependent upon the deductible, the percentage allotted (usually ranging from 50 to 100 percent), and the number of sessions that are allowed per calendar year.

I can help you sort out your option in accordance with your insurance policy.  We will assess how much your plan will pay, and then work together to establish an affordable fee.


Vinita Mehta, Ph.D.
2000 P Street, NW
Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036