Welcome, and thank you for visiting my therapy practice website.
As a licensed psychologist, I provide couples counseling and individual therapy to gay and straight men and women in the Greater Washington, DC area. I am licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
I received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in 1995 and a Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy from New York’s Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in 1997. I’m a native Washingtonian.
I received my undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. I worked as a financial analyst for a few years before becoming a psychologist. My clinical psychology doctorate is from Yeshiva University.
I chose this field because I wanted a career where I could positively contribute to our world by helping others cope with life’s challenges.
I continue to pursue advanced training as a psychologist in both individual counseling and couples therapy on an ongoing basis. I strive to help clients build strong relationships and fulfilling lives and be able to manage anxiety, depression, stress, and life’s various curveballs.
I’m not a therapist who simply listens or asks how things make you feel. I give my perspective when I think it will be helpful, and strive to ask thoughtful questions to help you challenge yourself.
For many years I wrote a bi-weekly advice column in the Washington Blade, and I still write a column occasionally. I have also been published in the LA Blade and HuffPost. Whether you’re an individual or partnered, gay or straight, I hope you will find my columns helpful.
Outside of work, I’ve been in a relationship for over 30 years, and we are currently raising our toddler.
In addition to working as a psychologist, I also have experience as an entrepreneur: conceiving, starting, and running a small business in the dessert world.
My office is in Washington, DC’s Woodley Park/Cleveland Park neighborhood. I work with clients both in my office, and remotely via secure video.
If you are looking for a licensed psychologist to help you feel better, be stronger, and/or improve your relationship, take the first step now by emailing or calling me at 202-234-3278 for a consultation. I have been helping gay and straight individuals and couples since 1995. I work with clients in my office, and I also offer virtual telehealth consultation and therapy via secure video.
My videos give me a place to talk about topics that include building a strong relationship, constructing a more fulfilling life, being contentedly single, dating well, increasing your self-esteem, and living in a way that you respect. Check out my YouTube channel.
Client feedback about my approach
Dr. Radkowsky’s masterful way of working and his deep compassion have made a lasting impact on my life. There have been times and situations when there was no one else who could have guided me through. OR that I would have trusted to be so engaging and spot on with how I needed to be challenged to grow and become my best self.— J.L.
Reasons why I think Dr. Radkowsky is a great couples therapist:— B.A.
–We’ve gone from sniping & irritability to enjoying being together.
–We’re no longer angry at each other most of the time
–When we do get angry, it’s usually easy to quickly calm down.
I could write a 1,000,000 word essay on how wonderful Michael has been for me personally and how he has helped me transform the way I relate to myself, my family, and my friends but even that wouldn’t give you a glimpse on how great he really is. I started seeing him after a horrible breakup from an abusive partner, and now almost a year later I feel stronger and more confident than I ever have.
Michael has a way of making you feel so comfortable that it allows you to just pour out what you are thinking and then he helps you backtrack it to understand what it really means. But most importantly how you can work to deal with it in a different way that is healthy and productive.— R.D.
I’ve been seeing Michael once a week for about three years. I was referred to him by my primary doctor at a very dark time in my life. Feeling pretty hopeless about myself and my life, initially I was a little hesitant as to whether Michael could do much for me. Was I ever wrong! He is an amazing listener and remembers everything. That makes a huge difference in realizing you simply aren’t just a number to him but a real person with whom he takes great interest. With him, you’ll realize the possibilities and how to find them. Michael has a great sense of humor and is very personable. I can’t say enough about the difference the partnership with him has impacted my life.— G.M.
Dr. Radkowsky is wise, empathetic, warm, and funny. He has great instincts for when to push hard and when to back off.— A.G.
Michael is an excellent therapist and I’m thrilled to refer individuals and couples to him. I’ve known him for over 15 years through shared supervision groups and workshops, and I’m always impressed with the enormous care, curiosity, integrity and intelligence he brings to his work with his clients. He’s outrageously smart, making creative psychological connections that others might miss. And he’s going to challenge you to work, with compassion!— E.P.
- Open Relationships: What the Real Rules Need to Be
- Despair vs. resilience in trying times
- Paranoid after being cheated on
- Older man feels life passed him by
- Coping with an alcoholic partner
- Three months in, is it crazy to move for love?
- Wife suddenly wants to become a mom no matter what
- Weight gain a potential dealbreaker in troubled marriage
- Boyfriend doesn’t want to co-habitate after two years
- He’s afraid to say ‘I love you’
- Too old for love at 55?
- When is a trial separation helpful?
- Dad questioning parenting decision now that son is here
- Bundle of joy? Path to parenthood sets off alarm bells
- Moving on from infidelity
- Are 12-steps right for me?
- Ruthless D.C. dating scene?
- Too soon to settle down?
- Needs vs. wants
- Feeling smothered
- Too needy?
- A hookup isn’t worth your life in COVID era
- Am I the only gay man who doesn’t sleep around?
- Working from home is taking over our lives
- Why do so many gay couples open up their relationships?
- ‘Odd Couple’ dynamic causes resentment for young couple new to living together
- Wife got sober, nags spouse about pot use
- 21 and lost
- Bad college experience led to vicious, sexless circle
- Woman wonders how much help she can give her anxious, depressed girlfriend
- Young man missing meaning in work, friends, family and love
- Bad family reaction causes tension between boyfriends
- My girlfriend wants me to pretend I’m just a ‘friend’ when her parents visit
- Burned by past relationships, gay man stumbles repeatedly
- When it’s going well but he balks at calling it ‘official’
- The differentiation conundrum
- Ultimatum about being out rattles young man
- Lesbian troubled by brother’s anti-LGBT politics
- Girlfriend resents being excluded from upcoming vacation
- Closeted (to parents) lesbian reeling after girlfriend leaves
- Rethinking gay marketability
- Time to dump depressed, out-of-work girlfriend?
- Steps toward closeness spook skittish girlfriend
- The porn problem?
- Tired of being passed over
- Dog’s death sparks existential crisis for gay 53 year old
- Parents were devastated when older sis came out; what should he do?
- Love vs. ‘in love’
- I’m 22, he’s 46 but is that the real issue?
- GOP job threatens gay relationship
- The meth dilemma
- Reckless rebound?
- Mr. Perfect (plus 40 pounds)
- How much hooking up is too much?
- Mistakes of marriage?
- When girlfriend won’t come out
- The curse of being gay?
- Initiation impasse
- Cheerleader for life?
- Waiting for her to call
- The toll of long-distance love
- The gay relationship dilemma
- Time to say bi bi?
- Happy golden years?
- Flee over flab?
- In or out?
- Am I an alcoholic?
- The alcohol question
- Baby or bust?
- Harmless lie?
- Is poly a relationship cracker?
- Dwindling desire
- Too young to get hitched?
- Option vs. ultimatum
- Ball and chain?
- Repercussions of cheating
- Crystal catch-22
- Appealing or annoying?
- What she doesn’t know …
- To fap or not to fap?
- Pressure to conform?
- The sex rut
- Same old boring sex?
- Is love enough
- Valentine blue
- The trouble with apps
- Should I take my girlfriend home for Christmas?
- Ultimatum for the holidays
- Hook-up addiction?
- A rocky relationship?
- Should the closet be a dealbreaker?