Personal growth through understanding

Scharff MDPA

Personal growth through understanding

Scharff MD is celebrating 40 years providIng psychoanalytic and psychotherapy services

We provide an atmosphere of privacy, safety, and acceptance.


Learn more about treatment and how we engage with clients.


Browse our extensive published materials on psychoanalysis.


Both David and Jill are available for bookings on a limited basis.

Dr. David Scharff, M.D., FABP

Dr. Jill Scharff, M.D., FABP

The Scharffs are physician-psychoanalysts with four decades of clinical experience in practice in Chevy Chase. MD, USA. They are co-founders of the International Psychotherapy Institute, a not-for-profit institution for teaching and learning about psychoanalysis from an object relations perspective. They practice, teach and write on all aspects of object relations theory and practice and are series editors of multiple publications.

Videos & News

Psychology Today article

How Much Should You Tell Your Clients About Yourself?

To share or not to share: The question is as old as the discipline itself. As a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, I have noticed that some of my patients show no curiosity about me whatsoever. They don’t look me up online, ask personal questions, or seem to know or (or...

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