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James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic

Our Approach

Asbury Building, home of AU's psychotherapy clinic

The exact methods used by your therapist in the James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic will depend on your symptoms, strengths, preferences, and goals for treatment. In general, though, our staff therapists practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These are active approaches in which your therapist will help you build new skills for coping with the difficult situations in your life and will ask you to practice these skills between treatment sessions. For more detail on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, please visit the link below, from the major professional organization in the field, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Read more information about Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

If you are interested in receiving treatment in our clinic, please call Dr. Erica Hart, clinic director, at 202-885-1702, or complete the request form. You will receive a call back from Dr. Hart within 24-48 hours for a phone screen to determine whether or not our clinic would be a good fit for your concerns. At the end of that call, Dr. Hart will let you know our current availability. Please note that we are a small clinic and are often on a wait list.If we are on a wait list, or we are otherwise not a good fit for your needs, Dr. Hart may provide you with other resources in the area that might be a better fit.

To contact current therapist:
202-885-1744, then press number for therapist's voicemail

Problems Treated

Our clinic is not a specialty clinic, and we work with adults (individuals or couples) with a wide range of disorders or problem behaviors. Examples include:

  • Trichotillomania
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Bulimia
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Compulsive Hoarding
  • Trichotillomania
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Stress Management
  • Procrastination
  • Couples Distress
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Suicidal Behavior
  • Self-Injury

Children under age 18 are not treated in our clinic. Also, people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or with bipolar disorder we usually advise to seek treatment at other clinics that have medical staff in addition to psychotherapy services.

Location & Directions

Please see Locations/Directions for details on public transportation, parking, and our building, which is fully accessible:

Asbury Building, North Wing, Rm 228
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave.
Washington, DC 20016



Therapists in our clinic are not available on an emergency basis. If you are in crisis, please call:

1-888-793-4357 DC Crisis Helpline

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
USA National Suicide Hotline

911 (for immediate escort to hospital)

Cost-Effective Therapy

The James J. Gray Psychotherapy Training Clinic partners with Theravive to offer low-cost therapy to those in need. Washington, DC