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Psychotherapy - Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith


Dr. Gadhia-Smith - Best of 2013 - Washington, DC

“Therapy is a journey through which we find our authentic selves and become the best we can be. I have expertise in working with alcoholism, addictions and recovery issues, as well as with relationship, couple and family issues, and have worked in the field for over ten years. I work with adults and adolescents, in individual, couple and family modalities. My approach is to meet you where you are, and to help you to move towards your goals, overcome obstacles, and achieve maximum growth. I use several therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and strengths-based techniques.

I believe that through therapy, profound and lasting positive change can occur. I am a doctor of psychology, as well as a licensed independent clinical social worker. I have spoken at conferences internationally, and nationally, and on radio and television.

I have also served as a consultant for the U.S. Congress in substance abuse parity legislation. I am currently in private practice full-time, as well as affiliated with several treatment programs throughout the country.”


  • Bachelor of Arts, Johns Hopkins University, 1985
  • Master of Social Work, The Catholic University of America, 1999
  • Doctor of Psychology, Southern California University, 2001
  • District of Columbia License No.: LC303599
  • Maryland License No.: 11151


  • 2013 Best of Washington DC, PSYCHOTHERAPY, Washington DC Award Program
  • Honored as Exclusive Lifetime Member by Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Selected as Professional of the Year in PSYCHOTHERAPY for 2013-2014 by Strathmore's Who's Who


  • Author: "FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY," published September, 2007 and April, 2011; 200 pages, iUniverse
  • Author: "PRACTICAL THERAPY ," published March, 2011; 404 pages, iUniverse
  • Author: "LIVE AND LOVE EACH DAY," published October, 2012; 350 pages, iUniverse
  • Author: "HOW TO STAY TOGETHER: WHETHER YOU WANT TO OR NOT," published September, 2013; 124 pages, iUniverse


  • Primary Presenter: "The Use of Self-Help Programs by Psychotherapists in the Treatment of Addictive Disorders," The Tokyo Conference on Addictions, Tokyo, Japan, February 20-22, 2000
  • Primary Presenter: "The Impaired Professional," National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, Academic Year 1999-2000
  • Featured Speaker: "From Anger to Altruism," Washington Women's Conference, Art of Living Foundation, Washington, DC, November, 2009
  • Featured Speaker: Caron Treatment Center Workshop: "Relapse: Identification, Prevention, and Treatment," Bethesda, MD, February, 2010
  • Featured Speaker: "Addiction, Recovery, and Treatment," The Art of Living Foundation's 4th International Women's Conference, Bali, Indonesia, March, 2010
  • Primary Speaker: A Sober Way Home Treatment Center Workshop: "Living in Recovery," Prescott, AZ, June, 2011
  • Primary Presenter : "Living Fully in Recovery," Father Martin's Ashley Alumni Event, Chantilly, VA - January, 2012
  • Featured Speaker: "Growth in Recovery," Caron Treatment Center, Bethesda, MD, October, 2013
  • Featured Speaker: "Responsibility in Recovery," Arlington Hospital Addiction Treatment Alumni Association (AHATAA) Annual Dinner, Arlington, VA, February, 2017
  • Featured Speaker: "Mental Health and Creativity - A Tribute to Carrie Fisher", NAMI DC, Washington, DC - April, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker: "Examining Soul & Spirit", Co-Sponsored by NAMI DC and Busboys & Poets, Washington, DC, March, 2018


  • Speaker: Families Anonymous Convention, Arlington, VA, 2003
  • Primary Speaker: Institute for Psychological Health, Thane, India, February, 2009
  • Speaker: St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India, February, 2009
  • Featured Speaker : Kripa Foundation, Pune, India, February, 2009
  • Primary Presenter: Muktangan De-Addiction Centre, Pune, India, February, 2009
  • Primary Presenter: Father Martin's Ashley Treatment Center, Havre De Grace, MD, January, 2010
  • Featured Speaker: Whitman Community Youth Summit, Bethesda, MD, April, 2013
  • Featured Speaker: Ashley Addiction Treatment, Havre De Grace, MD, May, 2016


  • Consultant: The Ramstad-Wellstone Bill for Parity in Substance Abuse, 1998-1999
  • Speaker: "FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY," BPT Hospital Conference on Alcoholism and Addictions, Mumbai, India, July, 2008
  • Book Signing and Lecture: "FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY," Kolmac Clinic, Baltimore, MD, September, 2008
  • Book signing and Lecture: "PRACTICAL THERAPY," Caron Foundation Office, Bethesda, MD, April, 2012


  • Ethnicity: Any
  • Gender: All
  • Religious Orientation: Any
  • Gay/Lesbian Expertise: Yes
  • Alternative Languages: French, Gujarati
  • Age: Adolescents, Adults


  • Addictions or Substance Abuse
  • Relationship Issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Adolescent Issues
  • ADHD
  • Chronic Pain or Illness
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gay/Lesbian Issues
  • Loss or Grief
  • OCD
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders


Clinical Orientation:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Strengths-based


  • Individual
  • Couple
  • Family





Phone: (202) 342-1762

4405 East West Highway
Suite 304
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Easy access from: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Kensington, Takoma Park, Wheaton

2500 Q Street NW
Suite 237
Washington, DC 20007

Easy access from: Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Kalorama, Cleveland Park, Spring Valley, Foggy Bottom, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean


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