Psychotherapy and Psychiatry


  • Master of Social Work, George Mason University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of North Texas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professional Affiliations and Certifications

  • Member of the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work (GWSCSW)

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute / Level I: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses and Traumatic Memory

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute / Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation   

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Certificate, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

  • Advanced Mindfulness Certificate, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

For more information, call Orit Paytan, LCSW at 240.382.2044 or email at

My Approach

Clients often say at the beginning of therapy with me things like “I feel so overwhelmed and flooded”, “sometimes I just feel empty, numb, not there”, “my anxiety can be too much”, “I have a lot of negative thoughts”, and “I just want to be able to cope better with life.” My approach is to provide you a non-judgmental and accepting environment in which you can freely explore these issues and at the same time, learn new and effective ways to cope. I teach tools and coping techniques, provide psychoeducation about the effects of trauma, and focus on the here and now to access self healing while maintaining a compassionate, gentle, and warm attitude. 

I know that finding a skillful therapist who is a good fit can be challenging because when it comes to therapy, one size does not fit all. Therefore, I integrate several therapy modalities in my work in order to offer the most effective treatment to you. Some of these modalities include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Sensorimotor Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, and relational strengths based therapies. In my work with you, I take a holistic approach when considering the connection between your brain, mind, body, and spirit.  

Clinical Specialty Areas

  • Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Abuse

  • PTSD

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Mood Disorders and Anxiety

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Multicultural Issues

  • Mindfulness Based Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Mind Body Therapies

  • Individual and Group Psychotherapy

Orit Paytan, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Virginia

Phone: 240.382.2044


The Stone House

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