Jean S. Gearon, Ph.D.

                                                   Clinical Psychologist



Welcome


I am a licensed clinical psychologist offering individual and group psychotherapy in the Washington, DC area.  I 'm privileged to have worked in the field as a clinician, teacher and researcher for over 20 years.  My areas of expertise include trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.  I am a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University School of Medicine and serve on the Board of Directors for the DC Psychological Association.
Approach

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy and pull from different theories and evidenced based practices to tailor my work to meet your individual style, needs and goals.  I consider therapy to be a collaborative process of self-discovery that is both supportive and directive.  To inform my work, I draw from three areas of theoretical research: attachment theory, cognitive-behavioral theory, and neuroscience.  I feel that these three areas of research help us to understand how and why therapy works. 

To facilitate the therapeutic process, I strive to create an atmosphere that is judgment-free; an environment in which you feel safe to explore what patterns of behavior and thought are and are not working in your life and why. Once we have this understanding, together we develop strategies to help you move past these road blocks.

 As many problems seem to arise from either escalating emotions or avoiding emotions, time is often spent in session identifying and exploring your emotions.  A deeper understanding of emotions facilitates the development of more effective coping strategies. Skills such as mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) are evidenced base strategies that I find enormously effective in helping people regulate their emotions.  


I truly find the work I do each day to be an honor and privilege. I strive to be attentive, flexible, genuine and non-judgmental. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about my practice, the use of guided imagery or want to discuss anything further with me that might be helpful in making your decision. 

 

My practice is located in the Foggy Bottom/West End area of Washington, DC.