Dr. Robert Lavine

Dr. Robert Lavine


Areas of Focus
  • Anger
  • College/Work Stress
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Middle Aged
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Young Adult
Gender: Male

License No. and State:

License No. State
0810001957 Virginia

Professional Statement

If you feel overly anxious, depressed, panicky, socially fearful, irritable, self-critical, overwhelmed by life’s stresses—these are just some of the problems that have been helped by Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) informed by an interpersonal approach. CBT links thoughts, emotions, symptoms, and behavior with the option of reframing thoughts in a healthier manner. My approach is both empathetic and based on science. As a Northern-Virginia-based psychologist, I have over 25 years of experience providing psychotherapy to many clients, both in person and by telehealth.

Now that telehealth psychology is available by video or phone, it can help when social or physical distancing keeps people apart. In these stressful times, the good news is that teletherapy is so convenient while working from home, without taking time off and driving. Treatment is more private, confidential, and accessible.

To begin with, every client should expect to have their story understood and to be coached on moving toward their goals. From that starting point, evidence-based, step-by-step therapy can be effective for challenges like anxiety, panic, depression, and troublesome behavior, often in less time than you would expect. A toolbox to improve mental and behavioral health can help along with therapy.


My clinical psychology PhD from George Mason University was backed by a neuroscience doctorate from the University of Chicago, followed by research and teaching medical and graduate students in neuroscience as an Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. This unique background enhances my understanding of how the mind and brain affect people's well-being.

I have published and blogged in Psychology Today, The Scientist, The Atlantic, and the Medical Educator on dealing with stressors, treatment advances, parenting challenges, international well-being, and technology in mental health. My blog post “Teletherapy can Help when Social Distancing Prevails” can be found by pasting this address into your browser:

  • George Mason University - PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • George Mason University - MA in Psychology
  • Virginia Board of Psychology - License as a Clinical Psychologist
  • University of Chicago - PhD in Physiology/ Neuroscience

Prices & Payments

Service Price Duration
Initial interview $180 60 min.
Psychotherapy $150 50 min.
Follow-up sessions, adjusted rate $75 30 min.