CPS is committed to providing supportive, individualized, and evidence-based care.
We specialize in working with clients experiencing challenges such as:
Anxiety & Mood Disorders (children, adolescents, & adults):
Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Phobias & Panic
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder related to medical trauma or accidents
Depression and Adjustment Disorders
Health Psychology Issues (children, adolescents & adults):
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Stress management to reduce physical symptoms (e.g., headaches, stomach discomfort)
Coping with new and/or chronic medical conditions or injuries
Adherence to medical regimens
Needle phobia and/or procedure preparation
Independent School Admissions Testing:
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Fourth Edition (WPPSI IV)
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC V)
Medical and Surgical evaluations including, but not limited to:
Bariatric Surgery Assessments
Insulin Pump readiness
Spinal Cord Simulator
CAPITAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Meet The Team
Sarah Berger, Ph.D.
Director & Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Berger is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience. She earned her doctorate degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Admissions testing is available to children/adolescents who are required to take an individually administered test as part of the application process to many independent schools. These tests include:
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) Ages 3-5
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V) Ages 6+
Our team works hard to ensure children feel at-ease, understanding that different children may need varying lengths of time to warm-up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
No, all services are out of network. However, about 90% of our clients get some kind of insurance reimbursement through their out-of-network benefits. We will provide “Superbills” that contain diagnostic and procedure codes necessary for you submit to your insurance for reimbursement. You will need to check with your insurance company to see what type of reimbursement they offer.
How do I know how much my insurance will cover?
You will want to call your insurance company and ask the following questions:
- What are my out-of-network insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible for out-of-network insurance benefits?
- Once I’ve met my deductible, what percentage of the allowable rate will be covered for procedure codes 90791 (60 min intake) and 90834 (45 min individual therapy)?
What are your rates?
Rates vary by clinician:
- The range for a 60-min intake is $200-295 (this is a one-time fee unless 60 min therapy sessions are done on occasion)
- The range for regular 45-min therapy sessions can range from $170-210
What are the most important things I should know about therapy?
Your fit with the therapist is critical – it is important that you are comfortable with the clinician (or your child is comfortable). If at any point you do not feel it is a good fit, please communicate this. A good therapist will not be offended and is happy to provide referrals to help you find the best fit for you. Here are some resources that explain more about finding the right therapist and making therapy a success:
Do you offer weekend appointments?
Some of our clinicians have Saturday hours and Dr. Berger occasionally does testing for independent school admissions on Saturdays.
Do you offer video appointments?
Yes, for certain individuals who are good candidates and live in the DMV area. Also, video appointments are often covered by insurance whereas phone calls are not. In general, good candidates are:
- Adolescents or adults who do come to in-person sessions as well
- Individuals working through issues like mild anxiety or depression or parents needing additional support around parenting
- Individuals not at risk to themselves or others
- Individuals who are insightful and motivated in therapy
- Individuals who are able to fully focus during video sessions, it is a session and should be treated just like an in-person session even though it can be more casual.
Every therapist I call is full, now what?
There are several options:
- Ask to be added to our waitlist
- Be flexible with timing – the most demanding hours for therapy are 3pm-8pm on weekdays and 9am-1pm on weekends – if you are willing to come during the day or have your child miss school then it is likely you can be seen quite quickly. Current clients get first priority for high demand times as soon as they open. It is possible that a more ideal time will open in a few weeks.
- Ask for referrals – we have several colleagues we refer to in the area. Or there are several therapy centers that we recommend, which include, but are not limited to:
- Allison Sibley & Associates (Northwest DC/ Friendship Heights) 202-237-1196
- Alvord Baker & Associates (Chevy Chase, MD) 301-593-6554
- Georgetown Psychological Associates (Bethesda, MD) 301-652-5550
- The Ross Center (Northwest DC/ Friendship Heights) 202-363-1010
What is the difference between the director and an associate?
Dr. Berger founded Capital Psychological Services (CPS, LLC) and runs the administrative side in addition to seeing clients – that is the only difference. The associates, part of the CPS team, are fully trained, excellent clinicians with their own degrees and licenses.
What kind of therapy do you practice?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is the leading recommended treatment approach for anxiety disorders. It involves identifying and modifying our thoughts and behaviors in order to manage symptoms. CBT typically involves work in-session as well as some assignments outside of the therapy session.
Do you do psychological testing?
Dr. Berger does testing for independent school admissions. Learn more.
Do you offer supervision to other clinicians?
Yes, Dr. Berger provides supervision to other clinicians nationwide, primarily around anxiety or coping with illness or pain. Email her directly for additional information: email@example.com
How to Get Your Child to Go to Therapy?
5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1528
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
In the building - enter on Wisconsin, price is $5 for first hour and $8 for second hour (if entering after 6 p.m. please use telephone and notify them you are going to suite 1528, and give the code "mindfulness")
Saks Fifth Avenue across the street - no validation necessary and cost is $3 for first hour and $5 for the second hour
Giant parking lot (enter by Tiffany’s or Clyde’s) - free with purchase validation or $3 for a little over an hour
Street parking on Hills Plaza Rd. or surrounding roads - 2 hour limit (no time limit on weekends)
Metro accessible at Friendship Heights stop, proceed 3 blocks North after exiting the northbound pedestrian exit