Maxwell Brooks, Psy.D.


Dr. Maxwell Brooks is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples. Dr. Brooks is well versed in psychotherapy with a broad range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity concerns, life transitions, loss and family dynamics. Dr. Brooks utilizes a psychodynamic understanding of treatment that focuses on his clients’ internal and relationship dynamics. Through his attentiveness and empathy, he creates a space for clients to be curious, rather than critical, of their own experiences. He facilitates change through gentle challenging and empowers clients to find their own voice and a new life narrative. His clients tend to find relief as they began to engage with themselves and others in more adaptive ways, resulting in reduction or alleviation of symptoms.

Dr. Brooks has been involved in mental health treatment for over a decade, earning his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the George Washington University in 2017. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at North Carolina State University’s Counseling Center. He also served on the faculty for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the George Washington University’s Professional Psychology program. There, he taught students and received additional training in psychotherapy, supervision, assessment and psychoanalytic theory.  Other training experiences include psychotherapy and psychological assessment in a community mental health clinic and three college counseling centers. Lastly, Dr. Brooks completed a psychoanalytic supervision program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. He is open to supervision of psychotherapy and assessment in the states of Maryland and Virginia.

Dr. Brooks’ main interests include contemporary psychoanalytic theory and diversity issues. Dr. Brooks is particularly drawn to racial dynamics in psychotherapy. His doctoral paper discussed broaching racial identity in Black-White psychotherapy relationships. He is interested in psychotherapeutic work with clients who are interested in self-reflection and developing their relational capacity.                                    (202) 670-7597