Washington, D.C. Psychologist Ryan Corl


Ryan’s Psychotherapy Approach

My approach to therapy is to meet individuals and couples where they are and help them work through those emotions, beliefs and life experiences that are holding them back. New viewpoints can interrupt old beliefs. When we hold tight to entrenched patterns that we have outgrown, we limit ourselves.

How we understand ourselves is often influenced by our relationships with others. Healthy relationships can heal us, soothe us, make us feel whole. We suffer when important relationships in our lives end, go wrong, or are lacking. By better understanding your experience, thoughts, and emotions, we can move towards your goals.

My job is, in part, to help you see what you have trouble seeing on your own and what’s getting in your way. Part of this process is looking at how your old relationships impact who you are in current relationships.

I specialize in working with those who have experienced trauma, as well as people with depression, anxiety, grief, and addiction. I’m currently accepting new individual and couples. I am currently licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and the state of Virginia.

Help with Trauma

No one chooses trauma. Yet it is our responsibility to heal ourselves when we have traumatic experiences.

My patients and I work together to help better understand the impact trauma has had on their lives, relationships, and daily functioning. We look together, without judgment, at the coping mechanisms and obstacles that they utilized to function to the best of their ability.  I have experience helping people process trauma and PTSD related to:

  • Childhood abuse and neglect
  • Sexual assault
  • War zone deployment/trauma related to military service
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Cultural/religious abuse

With you, I work to focus on the impact trauma has had on you. We look at the different ways you have intentionally and unconsciously learned to live in your environment throughout your whole life. 

It is important to have a broad understanding that trauma and abuse is rarely just a singular event that needs attention. Trauma changes our lives in a myriad of ways and our mental health can be significantly impacted.

Working with Me

In our first session you can expect us to have an open conversation about what you want to get out of therapy. Together we develop a plan for what therapy will look like based on your needs and goals. My integrative style pulls from both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

As a Psychology Associate, I currently work under the supervision and license of Dr. Sonia Khan McGuire (PSY1001081, 0810004969).

Psychological Assessments

I provide psychological assessments to individuals who are looking to better understand their mental health conditions. These assessments can provide a deeper undertanding of your unique characteristics and needs, and can help inform effective treatment and support plans. I currently provide the following assessments.

Since 2018 I have been providing assessments focused on personality, cognitive ability and mental health diagnosis. These assessments use a mixture of clinical interviewing and psychological tests. Most recently, I focused on helping military veterans understand how PTSD impacts their thinking and ability to regulate their emotions.

In many cases, you may feel like something is not quite right, but you are having trouble figuring out what it is. Therapy and Assessment are great ways to help you gain insight and understanding. Assessment provides a clearer picture of what is going on, can help you figure out what are the next best steps, and inform what therapy needs to focus on. If you need some guidance, click here for some assessments we already provide and how they can help you.

Contact Me

You can contact me by email or by phone (202) 630-8120. I do my best to return all inquiries within 24 hours.

Or click here: request an appointment online

Experience and Education



  • Martinsburg Veteran Affairs Medical Center: Internship
  • DC Veteran Affairs Medical Center: Clinical Practicum
  • The Center Clinic, GW’s community mental health clinic: Clinical Practicum
  • United States Air Force: Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Ryan Corl, PsyD
Ryan sees clients both in person in our Dupont Circle office and online. He also provides psychological assessments. He is licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

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