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Kit MacLean, Psy.D.

Dr. MacLean is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder of Dynamic Psychotherapy, a private practice, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. She is also a supervisor at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington and a consultant at The Center for Post-Traumatic Disorders. She completed her undergraduate education at The University of North Carolina and worked in politics and business for several years before pursuing her graduate studies. Dr. MacLean received a Doctorate of Psychology from The George Washington University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Association's Division 39 Early Career Scholar Award and a member of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis (WBCP).


Dr. MacLean is a true generalist, who has worked with individuals from across the country and has provided expert consultation and advice to therapists and healthcare professionals, both nationally and internationally on issues ranging from diagnosis and assessment, to relational problems, identity formation, navigating change, and coping with trauma and loss. Her research has focused on attachment style, self-esteem, defense mechanisms, self-defeating patterns of behavior, resiliency, and insight. She has written and presented on psychodynamic case conceptualization, the impact of early trauma and loss, the integration of different therapeutic modalities, and the ethics of informed consent. Additional areas of expertise and clinical interest include diagnostic assessment, treatment of anxiety and depression, and psychological development across the lifespan. 

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