Here & NOW

Behavioral Health

Now welcoming clients 12 and older for telehealth AND in-person therapy services in DC!

Please call or text me at 202-362-1586 or email for more information.

My Story

I've been a practicing social worker for 15 years after receiving my Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. I have experience in a variety of practice settings and specialties including children & families, adolescents, young adults, healthcare, rural & urban social work, inpatient and outpatient treatment, dual diagnoses (mental/behavioral health & substance use disorders), LGBTQIA, and community mental health. I've been independently licensed since 2014 and practicing in Washington, DC since 2021. 

My interest in clinical social work is rooted in my own experiences with anxiety and depression. A lifelong sufferer of generalized anxiety and associated depressive episodes, I found my professional calling as a clinical social worker to increase access to behavioral health services and share my knowledge, both personally and professionally, to help others. I'm grateful for all the people I get to help and who are, in turn, my best teachers.

Rates & Packages

I offer super bills for out-of-network reimbursement and work with UpLift to manage my in-network insurance claims. *

I offer the following rates for private pay clients: 

Hourly (50 - 60 min) rate: $150 **

4, virtual sessions package (5%  discount if paid in advance) ***

8, virtual sessions package (10% discount if paid in advance) ***

12, virtual sessions package (15% discount if paid in advance) ***

*In-network provider with Anthem BCBS, Optum, Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, and GEHA through UpLift. A separate registration process is required on their platform.

**Needs-based, sliding scale slots available 

**All payments are due at the time of service.

***Applicable discount rates are only available when paid in advance. 


Please call or text me at 202-362-1586 or email to request your first appointment.
All sessions by appointment only which can be outside posted office hours.
Office Hours:  Monday through Friday10 AM - 4 PM EST *
*All calls, texts, and emails received on business days will be returned within 24 - 48 hours
*All calls, texts, and emails received on days off and holidays will be responded to on my next business day.

Dustin Winkel, LICSW

Phone: 202-362-1586


Be. Here. Now.

That’s been my personal mantra over the last few years and one of the hardest things I’ve ever tried to do. It is Here & NOW, however, where change is possible and we can appreciate the fullness of our experiences. Sometimes that means having feelings we don’t like, which is uncomfortable. But I believe it is only through experiencing these feelings we can learn to be psychologically flexible and grow as individuals.

My ultimate goal is to help improve the quality of your life, no matter what you’re going through. I want to provide a safe space where you can focus on what’s most important to you Here & NOW and practice behavioral skills focused on your values. 

Using a combination of techniques rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Empowerment Theory, we'll focus on creating changes in your life one goal at a time. Change is hard but it’s only through being present for ourselves that we can find meaning in our struggles and lead a values-driven life.

Client Portal

To access new client documents, telehealth sessions, and arrange payment, please click on the link below to access the client portal:*

You will receive an invite via email to create a profile on TherapyPortal following our first contact.

All new client paperwork must be completed prior to your first therapy session.

*Not applicable for UpLift clients

Attendance Policy

Sessions are typically 50 - 60 minutes in length. In the event that you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, you are required to provide a minimum 24-hour advanced notification. I understand that emergencies happen that may prevent you from keeping an appointment or giving the required notice. However, due to the highly personalized nature of our work and out of respect for each other’s time, a cancellation/no show policy is in place. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your session will be considered a no show and will need to be rescheduled.

After the first no show or late cancellation, failure to give 24-hour notice will result in a cancellation fee of $50.


DC License Number: LC20001422
National Provider ID (NPI): 1881098176
CAQH Number: 13622497
Insured and registered PLLC

Please join me and commit to improving your behavioral health 

Here & NOW.

Client Reviews

"Dustin is an incredible therapist. Dustin takes tremendous care getting to know his patients and offers wonderful support throughout their journey. His well thought-out, thorough therapy plan provided me with techniques and tools that I continue to use today. I would highly recommend Dustin to any one looking for an experienced therapist."

"Dustin is incredibly kind, non-judgmental, and warm. He was flexible with appointment times and worked with me on a sliding scale rate that worked well for me. Highly recommend."

"Dustin is the first therapist I've ever worked with that I felt understood me and my perspective. Over my time working with him I made real and meaningful progress towards my goals, and learned a lot about myself. I give him the highest recommendation I can offer, particularly for queer folks like myself."

"Dustin is a great communicator and approaches therapy in ways that are practical and actionable. I really appreciate his insight and approach."

"Dustin was very understanding of my issues. He helped me to better understand and accept myself and the struggles I face. Just knowing that he's been through a lot of what I have is reassuring because it let's you know he has 1st person experience of the struggles us anxious people go through everyday. Would definitely recommend!"

"Dustin really made me feel heard and understood during a very difficult time in my life. He listened to my concerns and my confusions and helped me work through a lot of my issues that brought me into therapy. He was always very friendly, warm, caring, and professional about how to best approach working through my problems. I respect his openness and expertise."