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Ethan Ulanow, Therapist near me, therapist bethesda, therapist potomac, therapist rockville, therapist dc, therapist washington dc


Ethan Ulanow, Therapist near me, therapist bethesda, therapist potomac, therapist rockville, therapist dc, therapist washington dc

Welcome! I am an independently licensed social worker practicing in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as Florida. I am comprehensively trained in several therapy approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and provide DBT-informed treatment. I treat clients of all ages and with diverse range of issues, but especially enjoy working with adolescents, college students, and their parents.

I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from American University, and received my Master's degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work. 

During my time at Columbia University, I went through the rigorous DBT Training Program and received intensive DBT training from the Linehan Institute/Behavioral Tech. As an intern at Long​ Island Jewish Zucker Hillside Hospital Outpatient Department in New York City, I had the opportunity to conduct individual DBT and skills groups, as well as social skills groups. While at LIJ, I treated clients with diagnoses ranging from generalized anxiety and depression to Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar 1 & 2.

I enjoy helping clients identify their personal goals and values and develop specific skills to create a more rewarding and value-driven life, and am committed to providing compassionate treatment that balances change with acceptance of current realities. My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, empathic, result-oriented, and flexible, and emphasizes the importance of creating a genuine, supportive, and honest therapeutic relationship. 

One of my favorite areas of work is with the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly surrounding issues of coming out, exploring feelings on gender and sexuality, and becoming comfortable with personal identity. I recognize the struggles sexual and gender identity can bring, and encourage self-exploration with guidance rather than instructing on what or how to engage with such sensitive topics.

I also enjoy working with teens and young adults with learning differences and disabilities. Often times, we are so focused on academic needs that we forget to look at the stress, anxiety, and even shame that comes with feeling different and needing to work harder than others to achieve the same goals. I try to use my unique perspective as someone who personally deals with these issues to both empathize and create an judgement free environment where my clients can thrive, utilize, and be recognized for their strengths rather than the areas in which they struggle.


Outside of work, I am actively involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and volunteer with multiple organizations. I enjoy traveling to unusual destinations, taking every chance to play pickleball, and rooting on the Washington Nationals.



I offer several types of therapy including one-on-one sessions, family therapy, and couples counseling. My methods include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and prolonged exposure therapy. However, my practice style combines each of these. I currently provide therapy in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Florida.

Sometimes you are not sure what the next steps in treatment for you or your child should be. These can be really scary times, especially if issues and events happen relatively quickly. 

Whether we meet once, over a period of a few sessions, or as needed, I am happy to offer advice and guidance on how to move forward.

I have presented on several topics in multiple settings ranging from government agencies to schools to houses of worship. My presentations, talks, and workshops are designed to be engaging and impactful rather than plain and boring. I'm happy to discuss what kind of presentation might be a good fit for you or your organization.

There are always twists and turns in raising kids, especially teenagers and college aged kids, but sometimes it can feel like we are not doing the best we can or are simply exhausted. Parent coaching allows us to examine our whole environment, from the kid's issues to your own, and helps us respond more effectively to issues that arise. 

I am pleased to offer social work supervision in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Frequency, fees, and scope of supervision are all flexible and can be arranged to meet your specific supervision requirements. I can collaborate with your employer if you are currently working for an agency or private practice and need outside supervision.

In the future I plan to offer a variety of support groups for both clients and clinicians. If there is a topic you have been looking for support in and have not been able to find it, please feel free to reach out and see if it is something we could either start a group for or something I can help with on an individual level.

Get in Touch

To contact me you can either fill out the form on this page or email me directly at If you provide a phone number I will try to respond as quickly as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Ethan Ulanow, LCSW-C, LICSW


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