Meet Dr. Carlos DuranaMy passion is helping others to enhance their strengths, find their inner resources, and expand their health and well-being. The desire to help others began early in my life, as I witnessed the suffering of those around me. My work supports my clients in recognizing and releasing inner limiting beliefs, feelings and behaviors. I enjoy assisting others in finding their unique path so that their gifts may come to fruition. I am licensed as a clinical psychologist and professional counselor, and work with individuals and couples. I have worked in the health field over 30 years.
My caring and holistic approach utilizes your strengths and resources to facilitate change and the attainment of your goals. My approach is founded upon an interest in your personal worth and lovability. Part of my job is to help you uncover your inner resources and potential for growth, and to provide the conditions under which successful counseling can take place.
I believe that healing comes from a willingness to experience and explore our beliefs, our feelings and our behaviors. These three aspects of our being can lead us to happiness and to the fulfillment of our goals, or to symptoms and suffering. Transforming self-defeating thoughts, feelings and behaviors requires work and commitment. I work in a caring and collaborative relationship with you, and I will do my best to help you in the pursuit and fulfillment of your life, relationship and work goals.
My approach is practical and educational, and it emphasizes ways to help oneself in everyday life. I am flexible in choosing the therapeutic method that best fits you, and I use research evidence to guide effective practice.
In couples or relationship therapy, I help clients learn skills to understand each other, resolve conflicts and communicate effectively in order to break negative cycles. The ultimate aim in my couples work is to help you find the love and strength that first brought you together and to enhance intimacy, trust, satisfaction and love, and develop ways of relating that support each other's core identities and life purposes.
I am a proponent of the body-mind connection and of holistic and integrative forms of therapy; by acknowledging the importance of the connection between body, mind and emotions, we can learn to utilize additional resources that can lead to healing and wellbeing.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Marriage and Family Therapy Association.
Dr. Carlos Durana ReachesBethesda MDReston VA