Art Blank MDI am Arthur Blank, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland, providing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, evaluations, and medication (if needed). With a background of over 35 years of clinical experience, I welcome you to  to make an appointment to meet in my office near the Friendship Heights Metro.

Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis offer pathways to greater happiness, joy, and effectiveness in life. With an increased understanding of yourself, you liberate your inherent capacities for growth—often discovering strengths you didn’t know you had.

In therapy or analysis, we will establish a unique relationship in which you can discover parts of your self that have been hidden from view, and reduce intrusions from the past so you can live more fully in the present.

I find that behind difficulties and pain which motivate a person to come for therapy, is a need for contact, as written about, for example, by an analyst, Michael Eigen: “It is awesome to be a living being, who feels, cries, laughs, sings, dies. Who…is just happy to be alive each day to the extent one can. Life never ceases to be an unpredictable sea, raising up, dashing down, pressing us through ranges of emotions, more alive, threatened, empty, deadened, eager. Our contact with life, ourselves, each other, is challenged. And through it all, we have need for deep contact, contact with the depths, fulfilling and suspenseful. Contact we never stop growing into, a challenge daily growing in importance.” (page xiii, Contact With the Depths, London, Karnac, 2011)”

Is therapy right for you? If you are dissatisfied with how your life is developing, that is a good sign that you are ready to take action. Often this dissatisfaction or emotional conflict can take the form of physical problems or discomfort, which is also a sign that conflicts within yourself can be resolved and new strengths discovered through therapy.

Specific difficulties that can be helped in our work include:

  • Anxiety, depression
  • After effects of trauma
  • Low self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Conflicts in relationships
  • Problems with success
  • Concerns about sexuality
  • Grief and loss
  • Too much anger and irritability
  • Barriers to intimacy
  • Unsatisfying work life
  • Physical symptoms without known cause