About

Ryan Long, LICSW – Psychotherapist and Sport Psychology Consultant in NW Washington DC

Educational Background

  • Georgetown Preparatory School.  North Bethesda, Maryland
  • College of William & Mary.  Williamsburg, Virginia
  • University of Maryland School of Social Work.  Baltimore, Maryland

Approach/Philosophy

My philosophy and approach in working with individuals is deeply person-oriented from the standpoint that each of us is a unique and valuable individual shaped by our own beliefs, personalities and interests.  In order for change to take place, an environment has to be created where there is a genuinely caring and professional relationship coupled by a myriad of psychotherapeutic modalities that can be employed according to the goals of the client.

My perspective is holistic in that I strive to “build the bridge between the body and mind,” meaning that the emotional, physical, social and spiritual nature of each individual are considered and respected.

Expertise

  • Teens/Young Adults: We already know some of the things teens don’t respond well to in therapy–excessive questioning, standardized treatment protocols, enforced between-session homework, so there’s no point in employing this approach. They do respond well to active, authentic, and respectful relating, direct feedback, and advice.  As a former high school counselor, I took this approach and continue to do so in my private practice work.

 

  • Athletes: Athletes respond best to individuals that value and understand the overall sports experience.  Being a former athlete and high school football and basketball coach, clients are comfortable working with someone like me on their mental game. I strive to dispel the social stigma of sports psychology, and instead, encourage others to normalize and embrace it. I firmly believe that the mental game is what separates the best from the rest.  As an IMGCA certified mental game coach, I am equipped with the tools in resolving symptoms of distress, in addition to channeling the strengths of the athlete.

 

  • Trauma: Trauma can affect anyone at any time, and is something more than the body and mind can bear.  Many individuals have experienced trauma at one point in their lives.

“Big T” traumas include: abandonment, verbal/physical abuse, neglect, witnessing a natural disaster, divorce, rape/sexual assault, death of a loved one, wartime experience, robbery, or a major surgery, for example.

“Small T” traumas include: adoption, reassignment of work, relationship difficulties, a recent move, challenging times over the holidays etc. and things more of that nature.

Having performed over 250 individual sessions of EMDR, I feel very comfortable in guiding individuals to reprocess disturbing memories, so they are no longer stuck and now have access to the adaptive memory network, where they can  be normally filed and integrated into the brain.  Guiding individuals through traumatic experiences takes compassionate coaching and encouragement in helping people “get to the other side.”  I am passionate about providing people the relief they deserve, so they can move forward and live happier lives.

Clinical Background

Having obtained thousands of hours as a clinical social worker under supervision, some of my experiences are below:

  • Cornerstone Montgomery– Worked with the severe and persistent mentally ill population in the life skills department.
  • Washington DC Vet Center– Co-lead groups and maintained an individual running caseload of 15-20 combat veterans.
  • The Viva Center– Utilized neurofeedback and CBT with individual clients in a private practice setting.
  • Watkins Mill High School Wellness Center– Worked for over a year utilizing EMDR, addressing “Small T” and “Big T” traumas. Maintained a running caseload of 25.  Conducted family therapy, ran groups, and supervised an intern.
  • Aquila Recovery– Performed adjunctive EMDR work and co-lead an addiction group.
  • Gunzburg & Associates (Current)– Traveled to independent schools in the Metropolitan DC area to do group/individual therapy and presentations on social skills, bullying and other prevalent topics for the adolescent population.Professional Background

Beyond my clinical experience, I have worked as an associate at a lobbying firm, a paralegal at a law firm, a financial representative at an insurance firm, an analyst with the FDA, in addition to having my own mental game/personal training business, Attainable Peak Performance, for 9 years. I have 7 years of coaching experience at the Maret School with the varsity football and basketball teams, in addition to coaching the rugby team at Georgetown Preparatory School for a year.  My professional experiences have allowed me to relate to broad spectrum of people.
Continuing Education/Certifications

  • EMDR and Neurofeedback Skills Training
  • Certified Mental Game Coach/Sport Psych Consultant from the International Mental Game Coaching Association
  • Member of EMDRIA
  • Member of American Psychological Association
  • Member of Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Worker

Ryan Long, MSW, LICSW

ryan@ryanlonglicsw.com

202-875-1495

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