Last updated: 4/29/2019

John W Cornelius, LICSW (202) 368-7391
Last Updated: 4/29/2019
Licensed Psychotherapist
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Years of Experience: 12

Gender: Male

Languages Spoken or
Translation Services:


DC - LICSW [LC50078579]
MD - LCSW-C [14003]

Credentials and Certifications:
Gestalt Therapist, Certified
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

I help individuals work on life issues tied to anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, stress symptoms tied to childhood trauma, and families struggling with behavioral challenges.  I teach communication skills that help with difficult relationships.  These skills include helping my clients improve their power, voice, and contact with significant others.  I employ many approaches in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, gestalt, somatic experiencing and cognitive behavioral.

For traumatic stress, I help individuals reduce symptoms of hyperarousal, panic, numbness, and pain in response to relationship and life challenges. With children, adolescents, and young adults, I combine relationship and calming skills to reduce ADHD and family discord and increase self-efficacy.  I work with emotions, behaviors, cognitions and physiology.

I work with individuals or couples to explore how small changes in life attitudes and body stances can create new ways of thinking, feeling and being in the world and help find new solutions to life problems.  This approach can help individuals contact their sense of joy and competency.

Office and Contact Information
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2015 R Street NW
Suite Lower Level
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 368-7391

Office Hours:
Mon: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Wed: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Sat: By appointment
Sun: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

John W Cornelius
5480 Wisconsin Ave
Suite 204
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(202) 368-7391

Office Hours:
Mon: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Wed: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Sat: By appointment
Sun: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 6 Hours
Weekends: 12 Hours

Access by Public Transportation
Access by Wheelchair
Emergency Appointments
Evening Office Hours
Telephone Counseling
Weekend Office Hours

Problems Served
Focusing on:

Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Adoption/Foster Care Aging Anxiety/Panic Disorders Asperger's Syndrome Attachment Disorders Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Behavioral Problems Bipolar Disorders Career/Employment Concerns Child Abuse and Neglect Couple or Marital Issues Depression Dissociative Disorders Domestic Violence Dual Diagnosis Eating Disorders Education/Personal Development Family Issues Firesetting Forensic Grief/Loss Immigration/Newcomer Infertility Interpersonal Relationships Learning Disabilities Life Transitions Men's Issues Multicultural Issues Neurological Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Pain Management Parenting Issues Personality Disorders Phobias Physical Illness/Impairment Postpartum Depression Psychoses/Major Mental Illness Psychosomatic Runaways Self Abuse Sexual Abuse/Rape Sexual Disorders Sexual Orientation Sexuality Issues Sleep Disorders Spiritual/Religious Concerns Stress Tourette's Disorder Trauma/PTSD Women's Issues
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:

Other theoretical approaches:
Behavioral Body Centered Psychotherapy Cognitive/Behavioral Dance/Movement Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Existential Psychotherapy Expressive Therapy Focusing Gestalt Holistic Humanistic Imago Relationship Therapy Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Jungian Play Therapy Psycho-Educational Psychodrama Psychodynamic Satir Transpersonal Psychology
Methods - focus areas:

Other methods:
Couple/Marital Educational or Psycho-Educational Family Systems Group Individual Peer Support
Populations Served (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:

Adolescents (13-17) Adults (26-59) Children (6-12) Preschool (Under 6) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)
Specific populations:
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Biracial Cancer Patients Children of Divorce Chronic Illness Disabled Gifted Grandparents Immigrants/Refugees Interracial Families/Couples Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Military/Veterans Obese or Overweight Offenders/Perpetrators Step Families Twins
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Buddhist Christian Hindu Jewish Muslim
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Arabic Asian Hispanic Irish Pacific Islander Portuguese Russian
Professional Associations
Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) National Association of Social Workers (NASW) United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)
Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $130
Couples: N/A
Group: N/A
Family: $140

Sliding Scale: No

Accept Credit Card: No

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation
Community Education
Information & Referral

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO)