Shy Porter, PhD, LMFT

Shy Porter

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Shy Porter Therapy

(202) 709-3787


Washington D.C. 20009

About Shy Porter, PhD, LMFT

I am a licensed couple and family therapist and relationship scientist with a passion for understanding the innerworkings of the mind at the individual, dyadic, and familial levels. I have extensive experience working with women (alone or with their partners) in the preconception and/or perinatal period as well as with couples in any phase of their relationship, and adolescents/young adults. In my work with clients, we address anxiety, depression, self-image, emotional dysregulation, romantic relationship challenges, issues related to life transitions, interpersonal dynamics, and whatever else may arise along the way. I have worked with clients who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences on a wide array of issues and celebrate the intersectionality that makes each of us beautifully unique.

In my work with clients, I aim to serve as a compassionate, authentic, and warm companion on the quest toward insight and self-discovery. I view therapy as a collaborative exercise characterized by mutual respect and feedback, and am thrilled that my clients describe working with me as a comfortable, nonjudgmental, and enlightening experience. I describe my primary therapeutic approach as “insight-oriented.” I strongly believe that gaining insight around the “why” and “how” of a problem is critically important; it is only by identifying the root of an issue that we can embark on the task of creating lasting change.

Theoretical orientations that feature strongly in my work include psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, dialectical behavioral therapy, and emotionally focused therapy; I also pull select techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy. Most of all, I tailor treatment to the specific needs of the client(s) to meet them exactly where they are as we work toward where they want to be.

In addition to my work in private practice, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital where I practice, teach, conduct research, and collaborate with colleagues within the School of Medicine and across Georgetown University, at large.

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