Karin Arndt, Ph.D
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in DC. I believe that good therapy helps people lead larger, richer, more meaningful lives. My goal as a therapist is to help you liberate yourself from self-defeating patterns that keep you locked into a small, restricted existence. I provide a warm yet challenging therapeutic space where what has previously been left out of awareness can be safely experienced, felt, and spoken. A space where you can identify and restructure barriers to intimacy in your life and develop greater comfort in your skin. A space where you can let go of outdated modes of being and make room for something new.
My therapeutic orientation is primarily psychodynamic, meaning that I aim to help a person make what is unconscious, conscious. The goal of this approach is to experience greater self-awareness, freedom, and vitality. I have been trained to provide both longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy. My work is ultimately eclectic, however, as I draw on wisdom from a variety of psychotherapeutic traditions such as cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and existential. In the end, I aim to do what works.
Educational background and experience:
I earned a BA in English literature and psychology from Rutgers College, an MA in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. After completing a predoctoral internship at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I completed a postdoctoral residency at the Cornell University health center. I have extensive clinical experience in both university counseling center and inpatient/outpatient hospital settings and have taught undergraduate courses in the fields of psychology, literature, and sociology. Additionally, I served as a Visiting Scholar at the Mind and Life Institute in Western Massachusetts, conducting research on the psychological benefits of contemplative practice for women.
Who I serve:
I provide culturally-sensitive therapy to adolescents and adults across the lifespan. Some of the presenting concerns I enjoy helping clients with include:
- Difficulties in interpersonal relationships
- Gender-related concerns
- Grief and loss
- Emerging adulthood concerns (psychological separation from parents, career path questioning, identity-related concerns, etc.)
- Midlife transition concerns (loss of vitality and meaning, identity-related concerns, spiritual questioning, life review, etc.)
I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you on your journey toward greater health and well-being!