Last updated: 9/24/2019

Risa E Sanders, Ph.D (703) 919-1959
Last Updated: 9/24/2019
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist Experienced, Creative, Collaborative

Gender: Female

Languages Spoken:

I have been a Licensed Psychologist for over 25 years. Being part of my client's journey is a privilege I take very seriously. I am devoted to creating a warm and caring atmosphere where you can express your feelings, clarify your needs and goals, establish clear expectations, and develop the tools and skills to help you ahieve your healthiest potential. I believe humor and creativity are essential ingredients, and, while I primarily utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach, I believe in using a flexible process that incorporates the best of all systems in psychology. My special areas of interest include anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic attacks, social anxiety, and phobias, as well as family conflict, coping with divorce, ADD/ADHD, school concerns, bullying, behavioral issues/habits and over-indulgence (spending, internet, substances, etc;), parent training, and identity issues, among others. Please feel welcome to call to discuss your particular needs and interests, and I am very glad to answer any questions you might have about my practice. 

Focusing on:
Aging Anger Management Anxiety/Panic Disorders Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Behavioral Problems Career/Employment Concerns Couple or Marital Issues Depression Education/Personal Development Family Issues Grief/Loss Infertility Interpersonal Relationships Learning Disabilities Life Transitions Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Pain Management Parenting Issues Personality Disorders Phobias Physical Illness/Impairment Sexual Disorders Sexual Orientation Sexuality Issues Stress
Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Asperger's Syndrome Bipolar Disorders Body Dysmorphic Disorder Dual Diagnosis Eating Disorders Forensic Gender Identity Men's Issues Postpartum Depression Self Abuse Sleep Disorders Suicidal Thoughts Trauma/PTSD Traumatic Brain Injury Women's Issues
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Risa E. Sanders, Ph.D, PLLC
1313 Vincent Place
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 919-1959

Contact: Dr. Risa Sanders

Office Hours:
MonBy appointment
TueBy appointment
WedBy appointment
ThuBy appointment
FriBy appointment
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 3 Hours
Weekends: 1 Day

Access by Public Transportation
Evening Office Hours


Years of Experience: 30

VA - Psychologist [0810002666]

Credentials and Certifications:

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: N/A
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: N/A

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: Yes

Free Services:

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (Anthem Health Plans) Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)
Anthem Health Plans CIGNA HealthCare (PPO)
Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO)

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adolescents (13-17) Adults (26-59) Children (6-12) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)
Preschool (Under 6)
Specific populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Alzheimer's Caregivers Children of Divorce Chronic Illness College Students Diabetes Gifted Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Military/Veterans Obese or Overweight Step Families
Adopted Biracial Brain/Head Injured Cancer Patients Disabled Grandparents Interracial Families/Couples Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Transgender Twins
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Behavioral Behavioral Medicine Cognitive/Behavioral Education Consultation Evaluation/Diagnostic Holistic Meditation/Relaxation Mindfulness Based Approaches Parent Guidance Play Therapy Short-Term (Brief Treatment)
Other theoretical approaches:
Feminist Humanistic Hypnosis Information and Referral Intervention (Alcohol, Drug, Gambling Addiction, etc.) Psychological Testing and Evaluation Sex Therapy
Methods - focus areas:
Couple/Marital Educational or Psycho-Educational Family Systems Individual
Other methods:

Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:

Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Asian Cape Verdean Haitian Hispanic Indian Russian
Professional Associations
American Psychological Association (APA) National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology