Maya Deshpande

Graduate Intern

In-Office Sessions: Falls Church (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of: Virginia
In-Office Sessions:
 Falls Church (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of:
Client Population(s):
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Adult (25+)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Existential
  • Feminist Theory
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Relational-Cultural
  • Trauma Focused

From early childhood, all of us are bombarded by “shoulds.” We are implicitly or explicitly told how we “should” act, what we “should” care about, and what we “should” strive to achieve. While these messages sometimes fit with our genuine identity and purpose, they can sometimes cause inner conflict and self-criticism when we struggle to meet the unattainable ideals that we have been taught.

If you find yourself struggling with self-esteem or perfectionism, I am here to help you dismantle the rigid standards, beliefs, and expectations that you may be struggling with. Together, we can deconstruct the “shoulds” that you are carrying around and help you connect with your genuine identity and purpose. I believe in creating an open, collaborative environment to empower clients to build self-compassion and define their identity on their own terms.

To help clients understand their self image and behavior and thought patterns, I mainly use Narrative therapy which focuses on the stories that we carry around about ourselves and the world around us. I work with clients to rewrite narratives that may contribute to anxiety, hopelessness or feelings of low self worth. I also integrate approaches like Relational-Cultural therapy which explores a client’s cultural background, relationships and connection with others.

I mainly work with adolescent and young adult clients who may struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD and eating disorders. I am also passionate about working with LGBTQ+ clients and clients who want to explore their racial and ethnic identity. I come from a second generation Indian-American family and enjoy working with clients from immigrant families who want to process their multifaceted identities and cultural roots. I also have experience working as an Executive Function tutor and can integrate education and support around attention and learning related obstacles.

More About Me:

I have lived in Washington, DC for the last 2 years and have fallen in love with the area. Things that bring me joy include: delicious baked goods, watching reality TV, reading books in coffee shops, doing classical Indian dance, connecting with the DC queer community, and spoiling my roommate’s cat.

  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Attention Disorders (ADHD)
  • Body Image
  • Depression
  • Family Dynamics
  • Gender/Sexual Identity (LGBTQIA+)
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors
  • Racial/Cultural Identity
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Stress and Overwhelm
  • Trauma and PTSD
Education and Training:
  • Pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from George Washington University
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Sociology from Cornell University
  • Member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society
  • Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA)
Graduate Intern
Supervised by:
Erika Davis, LPC

I look forward to supporting your mental health journey.

If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation, please fill out the request form or call our office (703-534-5100) and request to speak to me.