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Opening the doors to wellness!

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Opening the doors to wellness!

The Dorr Center, LLC is a private counseling organization focusing on the whole person. We take an integrative approach to emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellness. Our focus is more on an individual's strengths than any pathology. We believe in the innate worth of each individual and his or her ability to heal and grow. As facilitators of that growth, we offer individual, couples, group and family therapy.

Gretchen Dorr Horst, LCSW DAPA is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 40 years. Over the years she has offered counseling, workshops, classes, retreats, and trainings for the Greater Washington community. She has a Masters in Social Work, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia, and is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association.

Gretchen is able to offer traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy with a mixture of Eastern and Western philosophies to assist in an individual's return to Wellness.

  • Director of The Dorr Center, LLC
  • Seminar and Workshop Leader
  • Transpersonal Counselor with a ministerial license from AIWP
  • (American Institute for the Whole Person)
  • Reiki Master for over 40 years
  • Member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers)
  • Member of the American Psychotherapy Association since 2000
  • Program and Staff Consultant for Hospice
  • Professional Consultant and Trainer for Haven of Northern Virginia 30 years


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EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapeutic technique that activates both right and left brain to help clients process material more quickly without getting stuck in the trauma. It has been very successful for such issues as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), grief, anxiety disorders, phobias, and complex psychological illness and problems. Gretchen has been trained in EMDR since 1992 and is nationally certified.

ETT - Emotional Transformation Therapy is a new form of interactive Psychotherapy that uses powerful techniques of visual brain stimulation to access both symptoms and rapid therapeutic change of emerging feelings. Color and light are used with a strobic machine to resolve and uncover issues that the individual may be having. Gretchen has been trained in five levels of ETT training and has been using this form of therapy to assist her patients for 8 years.

Other Therapies used at The Dorr Center:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Voice Dialogue Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Transpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Family Therapy

These techniques are used to safely and effectively allow the patient to get to the root cause of their psychological challenge or trauma and receive healing.

Please contact Gretchen Dorr Horst, LCSW to register today.
Phone: 703.391.7380 x 1  •  Email:


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