Anita Gadhia-Smith, PsyD, LCSW-C, LICSW

Anita Gadhia-Smith View Specialties

  • Psychotherapist
  • 4405 East West Highway, Suite 304, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Washington, 20007
      2500 Q Street, NW, Suite 237
      Washington, District of Columbia, 20007
  • Phone: 301-656-1404
  • This member is also available for E-counseling.
  • E-counseling methods: Phone




Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith, author of four self-help books, is a psychotherapist in Washington, D.C. specializing in addictions, recovery, and relationship issues. She is particularly effective, discerning and insightful about current issues that have a psychological impact on individuals and couples. She has served as a consultant to the United States Congress in parity legislation for substance abuse treatment. She has also spoken nationally and internationally on radio, television, and other media as an expert on a variety of topical subjects.

One of the things that distinguishes Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith is her own personal history of addiction as well as over two decades of recovery. She has had a first-hand experience of a spiritual, physical and emotional “bottoming out” followed by a remarkable story of recovery and commitment to helping others who suffer with alcoholism, addictions and relationship issues. Her history and training allow her to approach her work, her perspective and her writing as a “healed healer.” Her story is one of redemption – she is a unique therapist who has become a successful, self-actualized woman by way of an intense struggle and personal journey in her own right. Her insights and wisdom are tremendous – and inspiring – about how to obtain and maintain ongoing balance in our lives. Dr. Gadhia-Smith's bestselling books, "FROM ADDICTION TO RECOVERY," "PRACTICAL THERAPY,"  "LIVE AND LOVE EACH DAY," and "HOW TO STAY TOGETHER" are available on

Dr. Gadhia-Smith earned her undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University (BA, 1985) and graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America (MSW, 1999) and Southern California University, (PSYD, 2001). In her private practice in Washington, D.C., Dr. Gadhia-Smith works with adults and adolescents in individual, couple, and family modalities and says, "Therapy is a journey through which we find our authentic selves and become the best we can be. Through therapy, profound and lasting change can occur.  My approach is to meet you where you are and to help you to move towards your goals, overcome obstacles and achieve maximum growth.” 

Awarded "Best of Washington, DC, Psychotherapy, 2013" by the Washington DC Award Program. Honored for achievement in the field of mental health by Strathmore's Who's Who Publication, 2013. Visit her website at




Dr. Anita Gadhia-Smith Reaches

Bethesda MD
Washington DC