ABOUT Dr. Lorraine Wodiska

I received my training at the University of Maryland and graduated with a doctorate in 1987 and have been a psychologist in private practice for nearly 30 years. I am licensed in Virginia (License: 0810004043) and Maryland (License: 02375) and offer individual, couples and group psychotherapy.

Therapeutic Interests

In recent years, I have begun working with Stella (a nine-pound Shih-Tzu) conducting Dog Assisted Psychotherapy. Stella is a "Professional Therapy Dog". She has been in training since she was eight weeks old and is in all individual, couples and group therapy sessions. She is very friendly and enjoys being with people and being held or petted. She may greet you at the door and may escort you to the exit at the end of the session. Sometimes she will sense a mood or feeling and walk over to you to be available to be petted during our appointment. She may respond to you in other ways as well, including bringing a toy or vocalizing to ask permission to play or requesting to sit on the seat near you. Most often she will sit/lie quietly throughout our time together.

Therapy Is Going To The Dogs

Interpersonal Neurobiology

I am drawn to the developing field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (INPB).  Research in INPB indicates that whenever you are with another person (interpersonal), there is a neurological message which signals a biological response within the body (neurobiology). As a result, "pathways" have been created since you were young and continue to impact interactions with intimate relationships today.  Interestingly, you have little awareness of this moment-to-moment process. Exploring these well-worn neurological pathways leads us to an understanding of how you developed, and directs the healing process. 

Group therapy

I have pursued an interest in group therapy and group psychology for the whole of my career. I wrote my dissertation with group at the center of my research then and now I am involved in governance in national, regional and local professional organizations advancing group work.

Background & Philosophy

I see psychotherapy as a collaborative and creative process in which we consider past personal history and how that impacts present feelings, behaviors and relationships. In a therapeutic environment of safety and compassion, we explore how to use that information to construct healthy relationships and a satisfying life for you.


Group Psychology Diploma #6702
     American Board of Professional Psychology

Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorder Certificate #AD001336
     American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology

Certified Group Psychotherapist Certificate #3002
     National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists


Membership in Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association
American Board of Professional Psychology: Group Psychology
     Board Member
Maryland Psychological Association
Virginia Psychological Association
American Group Psychology Association
     Co-Chair Open Sessions Committee
Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society
     President Elect

License Numbers

Virginia: 0810004043

Maryland: 02375