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Cindy L. Bollman, PhD

“My experience has shown me that some people experience life as depressing with pockets of happiness, whereas others feel happiness with pockets of depression…I subscribe to the latter.  Most of us have the optimism bias even if we don’t know it yet and optimism leads to success.”

I am a practicing psychologist licensed in Virginia, California and Washington D.C. with experience working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family and group therapy.  I have worked as a staff psychologist in California in an adolescent treatment facility for the severely disturbed and as a clinical director in a similar facility in Virginia.  I have also worked with male and female trauma survivors—often victims of abuse during childhood but also frequently continuing to be victimized as adults.  In addition, I have specialized experience working with female addicts-- and their families –undergoing treatment at inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers.   

Along the way I developed an interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and completed post-doctoral training in Los Angeles and Washington DC in this mode of treatment for both individuals, couples and families.  Later I delved into more action-oriented therapeutic approaches where I offer life and career coaching.  

My interest in psychology began through my work in community theater where I wanted to learn more about the history of the characters I was portraying.  I longed to know more about them, their histories, their family relationships, and what motivated them to think and feel the way they did….what made their brains tick.   Then my interest grew out of a greater desire to know more about my own self and my family of origin. 

My mother was 15 years old when she had me and my father was 17.  By the time I was four years old I had three younger sisters.  The fifth of us girls was born twelve years later.   This start in life made me even more curious about my childhood and the dynamics of my family.  

My education, ten years of psychoanalysis and ongoing training and work on personal growth has given me the tools and ability to work with a wide variety of psychological issues.  I treat depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsiveness, relationship problems, narcissistic  and borderline personalities, childhood trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, sex addiction, spouses of sex addicts, and codependency.  This list reflects my areas of specialty, though as a clinical psychologist, I am trained to treat all types of mental illness.

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Office, Dr. Cindy L. Bollman

Office, Dr. Cindy L. Bollman

BOARD of psychology licenses

Virginia Board of Psychology – License #0810003325

California Board of Psychology – License #PSY16111

DC Board Of Psychology – PSY1000233



Professional Association/Memberships

American Psychological Association, Member

Northern Virginia Association of Clinical Psychologists, Member

National Register for Healthcare Providers

Member, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis

Master Certified RLT Coach, Relational Life Institute, 2016

Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalysis – Postdoctoral Training (one year), Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Washington Center for Psychoanalysis – Postdoctoral Training (three years),  Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Washington Center for Psychoanalysis –  Family and Couples

Center for Group Studies, New York – ongoing

Psychoanalytic Film Presentation:  Blue Velvet



University of California at Irvine – BA Clinical Psychology (cum laude)

California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra – MA Clinical Psychology

California School of Professional Psychology, Alhambra – Ph.D., Clinical Psychology