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Ethan Ulanow, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW


I am an independently licensed clinical social worker and supervisor seeing clients in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Florida. Since earning my masters in social work with a specialization in DBT from Columbia University, I have had the opportunity to work with teens, young adults, adults, families, and parents in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, an outpatient hospital, community college, and a therapeutic summer camp. I also provide supervision to other social workers both new and seasoned.

So what does this mean for you when you come to see me?

I can definitely tell you that you're not alone. There are people in all kinds of different places with all different types of backgrounds I have seen dealing with issues just like yours. I've encountered everything from social anxiety to suicidal thinking.

I often hear that people aren't believed, their experiences aren't "bad enough," or that they're too much to handle. You definitely won't hear any of that from me! Your experiences are important no matter what. There aren't any topics that are "too severe" for me, and I'm open to talking about topics many others are uncomfortable with. It's very hard to scare me away!

The Professional Section

First and foremost, I am a graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD, so I like to say I really understand how bad things can be, especially with how high expectations and pressure get. I got my bachelors degree in psychology from American University, and my masters of social work from Columbia University.

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 also had the opportunity to work at JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency) serving a diverse population of people from many socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as 5 years at a comprehensive DBT private practice.


When I'm not at work, I am actively involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and volunteer with multiple organizations, serve on the board of the Hebrew Free Loan Association, travel to super weird destinations (ever been to North Sioux City, South Dakota?), beat my friends in pickleball, and root on the Washington Nationals even when they're bad.

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