Meredith Cary, PsyD

Clinical Health Psychologist

Email: DrCary@mac.com
Phone: 703-447-8011
Address: 1234 19th Street, NW #901 Washington, DC 20036

Practice Website: DrCary.onair.cc
Lead Curator: Insomnia Hub

Understand Your Brain

The first thing to do in starting treatment is to try to fully understand, as best you can, what the problem is. Fortunately, Charlie Rose has compiled a series that features Brain Disorders that feature some of the foremost scientists and practitioners relating to many of the illnesses we treat.

Click on the title to read more …

Managing our brain with our mind

People with diabetes learn to ‘manage’ it – so it doesn’t manage them. Likewise, people with emotional issues can learn to ‘manage their brain chemistry … regardless of what the mental health issue is.

I use 3 proven therapies to help people learn to manage their brains: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Therapy, and Positive Therapy.

Click on the title to see more brain images for OCD, ADHD, as well as problems with Smoking, Alcohol, Obesity, & Cocaine.

Using CBT to change your brain

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) began as a proven treatment for Depression and has since become the proven first-line treatment of choice for many other issues. Click on title for entire list of conditions.

Motivational Therapy

Sometimes we get stuck in behavior patterns that keep us from meeting our goals. That’s when motivational therapy can help. I’ve taught motivational therapy in a graduate course at USUHS (the ‘medical school for the military’) which was then spread nationwide by the National Coordinator for Army Psychology Training.

For more details, click on the title.

Positive Therapy

Most people want to have well-being and be happier … not just less depressed or anxious. I’ve studied with the founding scientist of Positive Psychology (and learned optimism), Dr. Marty Seligman.

The focus of Positive Therapy is more about what’s right about you and how to leverage your strengths to get to your goals.

For more, click on the title.

Testimonials

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Therapy, and Positive Therapy have solid science behind them. These therapies work for many.

Click on the title to see what some former patients have shared.

My 2016 Favorite: “How Not to Die”

These videos, by the most important thought leaders of our day, share what’s proven to work to reverse (or prevent) cancer, heart disease, as well as the wear and tear of chronic stress.

What’s Total Fitness?

Teaching at the ‘military’s medical school’ (USU), I watched the military redefine health dramatically.

‘Total Health’ refers to the whole person (mind-body-heart-soul) within their whole community … even our social networks & physical environments.

Watch this video for more.

  • Meredith Cary, PsyD

    Clinical Health Psychologist

    Email: DrCary@mac.com
    Phone: 703-447-8011
    Address: 1234 19th Street, NW #901 Washington, DC 20036

    Practice Website: DrCary.onair.cc
    Lead Curator: Insomnia Hub

  • Practice Focus

    With over 20 years in academic medical centers and about 15 years in private practice, I enjoy teaching, research, & practice in health psychology.

    Health psychologists help people improve how they manage health, illness, and well-being. I’m the behavioral consultant to the Sleep Disorders Center at Georgetown University Hospital, where I was also on the full time faculty of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry for about a decade.

    Click on the title for the full list of conditions on which I focus.

  • Practice Basics

    My office is a block away from the Dupont Circle South Metro Station and a few blocks from Farragut West. Click the title for more information. The hours are:

    Friday – 9:00 – noon
    Saturday – 9:00 – 4:30
    Monday – 9:00 – 4:30

  • Expert Sleep Tips from Real People

    The National Sleep Foundation’s program Beyond Tired offered four people with Insomnia 6 weeks of help. They share their tips in …

  • “Why can’t I sleep?”

    That’s what many of my patients ask … Follow Dominik’s progress with CBT, as he successfully ‘unlearns’ his insomnia habit.

  • Understanding Pain

    Most people (50 million Americans) are under-treated for chronic pain. Dr. Clauw and others present recent findings about pain that could profoundly change what you do about it …

  • My 2016 Favorite: “How Not to Die”

    These videos, by the most important thought leaders of our day, share what’s proven to work to reverse (or prevent) cancer, heart disease, as well as the wear and tear of chronic stress.

  • How we change our brain – in minutes

    Anderson Cooper demonstrates how we all can use our minds to change our brains – also known as ‘neuroplasticity.’

  • Your Brain – A Work in Progress

    Our brains aren’t fully developed until our early 20’s. That has huge implications for therapy as an adult. Click on the title for more.

  • Using CBT to change your brain

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) began as a proven treatment for Depression and has since become the proven first-line treatment of choice for many other issues. Click on title for entire list of conditions.

  • CBT App for Insomnia Wins Prize

    Watch Dr. Hames, co-founding scientist for SLEEPIO, describe how it works, the way it was tested, and the impressive results of the study.

  • Good News!

    Why not get your news directly from the researchers, or at least, their news service?

  • Can You Learn Hope and Optimism?

    Research clearly indicates that even the most die-hard pessimist can learn, using CBT, to use an optimistic explanatory style … and reap the benefits of a longer, healthier, and more satisfying life.

  • Performance enhancing beliefs

    People who have a ‘growth mindset’ (instead of a ‘fixed mindset’) achieve their goals and perform better, according to Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University.

    In this short video, she explains some of her research … and the power of believing, “I’m not there … yet.”

  • The Best of Positive Psychology

    Click the title to see interesting findings about happiness, resilience, and optimism as well as an extensive list of videos/readings on various related subjects.

  • A Positive Practice

    Learning to be ‘mindful’ is a key skill for improving well-being … even with just 8 minutes of daily practice. Try it out here with Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s briefly guided simple practice.

  • Making more love

    Many of us seek more love. Learn about Love 2.0 … recent studies that support you can make love happen more in your life.

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