Here & NOW

Behavioral Health

Now offering limited, evening and weekend hours!

Please call 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 child welfare, 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 fully licensed and practicing in Austin, Texas since 2014 and 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

All sessions currently being offered via telehealth with plans to include face-to-face sessions later in 2022.

I am not currently taking public or private insurance, but can provide a super bill for out-of-network (OON) reimbursement.

I offer the following rates for private pay clients:

Hourly (45 - 55 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) **

*Needs-based, sliding scale slots available .

*Rates not applicable for EAP clients.

*All payments are due at the time of service.

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


Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday10 AM - 4 PM EST *
Please call me at 202-362-1586 or email to schedule a free, 15 - 20 minute consultation for new clients.
*All calls and emails received on business days will be returned within 24 - 48 hours.
*All calls and emails received on weekends and holidays will be responded to on my next business day.

Dustin Winkel, LICSW, LCSW

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 we can make changes and appreciate the fullness of our experiences. Unfortunately, that means having feelings we don’t like, which can be 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 reduce your suffering and 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. I know your life can change Here & NOW if you practice the skills you learn in our time together because I’ve done it myself. Your resilience & internal strength will help make it possible.

Using a combination of techniques rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Empowerment Theory, over the course of up to 12 sessions per goal, you’ll learn how to live in the Here & NOW and practice behavioral skills focused on your values. 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 via TherapyNotes and create an account:

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

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

Attendance Policy

Sessions are typically 45-55 minutes in length. If you arrive late, your session will be shortened by the amount of time that you are late. 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.

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
Texas License Number: 55822
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 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 does a great job listening, giving feedback and giving great advice. Just a few sessions in and I am more comfortable now than ever with counseling."

"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."