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Dr. Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD.,LCSW-C

Psychotherapist for Tweens, Adolescents, Adult Individuals and Couples

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Call Moses directly at 202-629-1949 ext 16

More about Moses

Moses Kushaba is a Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) with over 15 years of clinical experience treating people with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, traumas, substance abuse, grief, relationship and family issues, and child behavioral problems. Moses focuses on helping people grow and build confidence in themselves by using the qualities they were born with using a holistic approach. He strongly believes that people are individuals, therefore does not approach treatment by the book or use “one-size -fits-all.” He assists clients reach their potential based on their needs by pulling from different theoretical orientations.

TREATMENT FOCUS AREAS

  • Intercultural or interracial relationships
  • Couples Therapy
  • Depression/Anger/Mood Regulation
  • Anxiety/Panic/Stress Disorders
  • Addiction and Substance Abuse Recovery Support
  • Trauma Recovery
  • LGBTQ Supports
  • Transgender Supports
  • Life Transitions/Grief/Loss
  • Health Related Concerns
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD

Working with Moses

I fully understand how some people may have reservations about seeking therapy. I am from a society that reserves counseling for church leaders or family members, and I recognize that some people have negative experiences in therapy. I create a supportive environment, a “holding space,” where you can feel a sense of trust and safety. I believe that once this trusting relationship has been created the healing work can begin and you’ll be able to grow and build confidence in yourself. I’m great at tapping into the qualities you were born with. Your time with me is an opportunity to learn life lessons needed to create and maintain a quality life.

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My Background and Training

I was born and raised in Uganda. I grew up in the tumultuous period in the early 80s and 90s when HIV/AIDS was killing people. As an affected person whose parents happened to be victims of this deadly disease, I developed compassion for the young orphans left behind and always wondered how I could be of assistance. This inspired me to study social work at Uganda Christian University where I earned a Bachelors of Social Work. Upon my graduation, I volunteered with different organizations that helped HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons while also working as a teaching assistant at the same university. I have always used my personal story to help people wherever I meet them. 

My immigration to America was inspired by two things. First was my tour in Iraq in 2008 where I worked alongside the U.S military forces during the Iraq war. I was touched by the stories of how the wars were affecting the servicemembers and thought about how best to help. Secondly, the persecution of the LGBTQIA people in Uganda was at its peak in 2008-2009 and I could not withstand the unfounded, ruthless, and public attacks against my character. I decided to flee the country and later brought my family. I strongly believe in the sanctity of life and everyone needs an equal chance to live a fulfilled life. 

I joined the United States Army in 2012 as a combat medic,  to serve and defend the country that gave me the freedom that I badly needed. It also fulfilled my goal of helping service members who deal with the traumatic experiences of their job. Following this enlistment, I enrolled in a graduate social work program at the University of Southern California where I graduated with a Master of Social Work in 2015.

Following graduation, I was hired by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation where I completed my social work internship for licensure. Due to my constant quest for knowledge, I enrolled in a post graduate psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where I earned a degree of Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). I’m currently registered as a Psychology Associate in the State of Maryland earning hours towards licensure. 

Experience is the best teacher. Every experience I have had has been a learning one. This life experience is what I bring in the therapy holding environment—full of compassion and an understanding. I do not have answers, however, I encourage my clients to be open to different perspectives and that is how they enrich their life experiences. 

Feeling like you are at a crossroads and do not know what to do? Know that you are not alone, and I’m here to guide you to walk with you through challenges and help you get back on track. Just come as you are!

Here are some “nitty gritty” topics and goals that I’m very familiar with: 

Couples/Families/Parents

  • Improve communication – create safety to talk about sensitive subjects with respect and care.
  • Transform relationship conflict into connection – deal constructively with negativity and gain healthier, more balanced expectations for your relationship.
  • Infidelity – find out what created the opportunity for an affair, whether you can really work it out and stay together and discover ways to repair your relationship.
  • Pre-marital and pre-parental counseling – discuss some common issues that arise for couples as you’re preparing for marriage or expanding their family.

Individuals

  • Improving your success in relationships – gain confidence with being yourself and relating to others.
  • Trauma-informed mental health – working through cultural violence, racism, gender-based stress, nonconforming identity anxiety, depression, and difficulty in the workplace.
  • Identity development – identifying where you are in your racial/ethnic identity development and/or gender or sexual identity development and how it may be impacting your life.
  • Managing moods (depression, anxiety, chronic stress) – take control of your life and free yourself from fear and worry.
  • Grief counseling – find forgiveness and stability as you grow from tragedy or loss.
  • Healing from trauma and adversity – restore a healthy balance and rhythm and find new meaning in your life.
  • Substance abuse – receive personal support in your recovery to identify and heal the pain that keeps triggering your drinking, smoking, or other drug use.

Contact me for a free phone consultation so that we can talk about how we might be able to work together. I look forward to talking with you.

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Our psychotherapy fees start at $175 per hour (psychiatry fees start at $200 for 30 minutes).
We do not accept insurance, meaning we are not "in-network" with any health plans.
However, many of our clients submit claims to their out-of-network health insurance and receive 40-60% reimbursement.