About Me

I am a licensed psychologist in private practice in Silver Spring and Gaithersburg, Maryland. I earned a Masters of Science degree from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1997 and a Psy.D. in Professional Psychology from the George Washington University in 2015. Prior to my career in psychology I worked as an Information Technology engineer, and as a freelance photojournalist, covering assignments for the Washington Post Magazine and volunteering as a mentor for at-risk youth.

During my studies at the George Washington University I completed clinical externships at an outpatient clinic, hospital, and therapeutic day school for severely disturbed adolescents. I passed the comprehensive examination with distinction and won an American Psychological Association Division 29’s award for my paper on psychotherapy. My paper on working with complex trauma was published in a peer-reviewed Neuropsychoanalysis journal in 2014.

I completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship at RAMS, Inc., a community mental health agency in San Francisco, California. As part of my work at RAMS, I completed clinical rotations at the Comprehensive Crisis Center, PAES Vocational services, and an outpatient clinic. The didactic part of my training at RAMS focused on cultural competency, which has been an essential part of my clinical work with first-generation immigrants in psychotherapy and psychological assessment.

I currently see children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients in my private practice, where I provide individual and family psychotherapy, as well as psychological, psycho-educational, and neuropsychological assessment. I have developed a strong interest in integrating neuroscience with modern theories of mental functioning and I incorporate this knowledge in my clinical work. I am a member of Maryland Psychological Association, APA’s Division 39, and Neuropsychoanalysis society.

Alexey Tolchinsky