Collin Vernay, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

  • 6+ years of Experience
  • United States
  • Washington, District of Columbia
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Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues


Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues



Age Group Focus


Treatment Approaches

Advocacy, Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Emotionally Focused, Existential, Existential Psychotherapy, Expressive Therapy, Family Systems, Feminist, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Long-Term, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural, Person-Centered (Rogerian), Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Social Support, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Systemic, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)


Academic issues, Anxiety, Attachment Disorders, Career Counseling, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression, Education/Personal Development, End of Life Issues, Family Conflict, Gender Identity, Goal Setting, Grief, Interpersonal Relationships, Introversion, Leadership, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Multicultural Issues, Psychosomatic, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Stress, Transgender, Trauma / PTSD, Workplace Stress

State License

Washington D.C.

About Collin Vernay

At a time when you might be feeling particularly vulnerable or overwhelmed, choosing a therapist can be difficult to do— and yet, finding a therapist with whom you “click” is the secret sauce to good therapy. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, struggling in your relationships or feeling isolated, unlearning difficult family dynamics, recovering from trauma, feeling stuck, or simply navigating the complex challenges of your life and wanting extra support, I may be that right fit. I bring empathy, insight, warmth, and experience to empower people to change. I work with clients of all racial backgrounds and have received training in LGBTQ+ and QTPOC affirming therapy in particular. It is my job to see you and your emotional wellness in its entirety and in context, and for me that means creating space to talk about how systemic oppression affects your emotional health— and what we together can do about it. I am a licensed psychological associate with over ten years of education and experience, and my philosophy and approach to therapy is simple. It’s my expectation that if you’re like most humans, you didn’t exactly receive a primer on your emotions or mental health when you entered the world, despite being born with an excruciatingly intricate emotional system! And the emotional education you likely did receive— from our culture, from your family, from society— was likely unclear or confusing, if not harmful. And, at some point, things likely went from bad to worse. Chances are that you, not unlike most of us, have done the best you can with what you’ve learned along the way. And what you’ve learned has probably helped you in really important and adaptive ways! But at some point you’ve bumped up against its limitations, and you're now wanting for change. Therapy helps make that change possible by creating a safe and non-judgmental space with a trained expert in how minds work— and how we can work with them better. It’s this combination of genuine connection and scientific expertise that makes therapy such a powerful, transformative tool. Check out my website to learn more:

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