About Dr. Dupêcher

I have been practicing psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for the past 20 years. I work in both French and English. After receiving my Masters in Social Work from Catholic University I trained for eight years in psychotherapy and in psychoanalysis at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis (WCP). I am an active member of the WCP and serve on the Faculty of its programs in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. I also supervise the GWU psychiatry residents in their work as therapists.

Additionally, I am a Certified Poetry Therapist and served for many years as Co-Chair of the New Directions program, an international program devoted to psychoanalytic thinking and its intersection with writing. I hold a Ph.D. in French Literature and spent many years working as a college French teacher and in the international publishing field.

Questions & Answers

Do you take insurance?

Depending on your plan, my services should be partially reimbursable to you. However, I do not bill the insurance company directly. I do not participate in any insurance panels as an in-network provider. By remaining out of network I am better able to protect your confidentiality, since I have no direct relationship with the insurance company. In order to find out about out-of-network coverage provided by your policy, please contact your insurance company directly.

Your location isn't convenient for me. Can you help me find a good therapist in another area?

I'm happy to try to help you find someone who matches your geographical needs. I know many good therapists in the DC area and beyond and will do what I can to point you in the right direction. You may wish to call me with any personal information you wish to convey. As always, remember that email is not the best medium for transmitting sensitive and private information.

What about medication for depression and anxiety?

I am not a physician and thus do not prescribe medication. However, if you decide you would like to try medication I will refer you to one of several psychiatrists I work with in the area. Medication may be useful as an adjunct to therapy or analysis.

Is what I say private?

Yes, confidentiality is a cornerstone of psychoanalytic treatment. You have to be able to reveal your thoughts and feelings to your therapist or analyst. Nonetheless, there are certain legal restrictions that could limit your confidentiality. For example, in the case of a child custody fight, psychotherapy records could be subpoenaed. These are highly unusual situations, though. If you have any concerns in this area you should check with your therapist.

I can't afford therapy. What are my other options?

Good therapy can be costly. However, if you can't afford the therapy you need there may be other ways to approach the problem. First, most therapists have some reduced-fee time available. You can ask the therapist directly about that, or request help with a referral for a reduced-fee therapy. If you are interested in psychoanalysis you might be able to find a psychoanalyst-in-training who would be willing to see you at a significantly reduced fee. Additionally, there are certain organizations around town that provide low-cost psychotherapy. 

How often do you meet with patients? How long does the session last? 

In the initial sessions we will decide how frequently to meet, and set up a schedule. Sessions last 45 minutes.

Additionally, some area organizations that provide low-fee therapy are listed below:

Reduced-fee psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis 202-337-1617
The Center Clinic, affiliated with George Washington University
Community Counseling Services Center, also affiliated with the George Washington University
The Eugene Meyer III Treatment Center
The Women's Center– DC and Vienna, VA