Michael Brendler, Psy.D.

  1. (202)746-0555



The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.

-Gregory Bateson


Individual Psychotherapy

(adolescents, young adults, and adults)

Family, Couples, Co-Parenting Therapy

Group Therapy


Only the family, society's smallest unit, can change and yet maintain enough continuity to rear children who will not be "strangers in a strange land," who will be rooted firmly enough to grow and adapt.

-Salvador Minuchin

The science and practice of psychotherapy has evolved profoundly in recent years.  Psychotherapy research has helped inform the field’s understanding of human experience and how change occurs.  In particular, the effects of chronic stress, loneliness, interpersonal conflict, pain, suffering, trauma, neglect, and abuse have well established associations with psychological and physical well-being.  Such circumstances can challenge all of us to find ways to cope effectively.  

Learning to respond to such challenges with more flexibility and awareness can help reduce conflict and suffering in our lives and create meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

Dr. Brendler combines an in-depth understanding of how relationships influence psychological development and the therapeutic conditions which promote change to help individuals and families create substantive changes in their lives.  He draws on a thorough understanding of current research informing the field of psychotherapy and 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy, teaching, and supervising training therapists.