The Center at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington

4228 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016-2138

Toll-Free: (800) 369-2273
Local: (202) 885-5610

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About the Center

A specialized continuum of behavioral health services for the treatment of posttraumatic and dissociative conditions.

The Center offers short-term, directed treatment for adults who exhibit acute symptoms associated with posttraumatic and dissociative disorders and other trauma-based conditions. A national model in the treatment of adult posttraumatic syndromes, The Center’s innovative program provides rapid stabilization and essential training in self-management skills through the use of stage-oriented, cognitive and behavioral strategies. Designed to meet the individual needs of patients at different stages of treatment and respond to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing healthcare environment, our problem- and skill-focused continuum of care includes inpatient and partial hospitalization.

Our Founders

Joan A. Turkus, M.D.
Dr. Turkus has extensive clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic conditions and dissociative disorders in inpatient and outpatient settings, in both the private and public sectors. Dr. Turkus frequently provides supervision, consultation, and teaching for therapists locally and nationally. She maintains a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Turkus has authored or co-authored several articles and book chapters on posttraumatic and dissociative disorders and has developed expertise in the psychopharmacological management of complex posttraumatic conditions.

Christine A.Courtois, Ph.D.
Dr. Courtois is also a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. Dr. Courtois has received numerous professional awards including the 1996 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice. She has authored three books, Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (1999), Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993), and Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (1988), in addition to numerous articles and chapters on related topics. Dr. Courtois conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Physicians are on the medical staff of The Center at PIW but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of The Center at PIW. The facility shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. Model representations of real patients are shown. Actual patients cannot be divulged due to HIPAA regulations.