Leila Bakry-Becker, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Bakry-Becker completed her pre-doctoral Internship at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Child Guidance Division, conducting forensic evaluations and therapy for children, adolescents and their parents addressing a variety of court-related concerns. She has provided therapy, assessment, research and consultation services across a broad spectrum of treatment settings which included The Center for Student Support Services, Wash, DC; The Family Crisis Center, Brentwood, MD; The Montgomery County Abused Persons Program – Department of Addictions, Victims, and Mental Health Services (DAVMHS), Bethesda, MD; The Whitman Walker Clinic, Washington, DC; The Johns Hopkins Child and Adolescent Mental Health Center, Baltimore, MD; and the National Institute of Health, Laboratory of Clinical Studies, NIAAA, Bethesda, MD.

She has specialized in providing therapy for adolescents, families and individuals dealing with life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, and maladaptive patterns of behavior. She has provided therapy and assessments to men and women working through issues related to HIV/AIDS and those individuals struggling with sexual identity/orientation issues. She has also specialized in providing therapy to people dealing with relationship violence.  In addition to standard CBT and integrative therapies, Dr. Bakry-Becker provides DBT, RO DBT and DBT PE.

Dr. Bakry-Becker also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments for youth and adults and has contributed to the field by detailing the progression of neuropsychological markers associated with a rare genetic anomaly.[1]

Dr. Bakry-Becker has co-written three papers regarding spousal abuse, treatment options and critical triggering situations using the Spousal Anger Inventory. She developed a DBT-informed treatment model for working with domestically violent partners and has presented it at ISITDBT and SEPI conferences.

She has developed and implemented Federal grants in support of Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs. She developed a Dialectic Behavior Therapy model to support detained or committed school youth with serious emotional dysregulation and assisting with transitioning back to the community. She has also supervised the development and implementation of science-to-practice mental health service programming in six local charter schools— Community Academy and Friendship Edison/Chamberlain and Woodridge Campuses; Capital City and the Ideal Academy Public Charter Schools; and The Seed Public Charter School.

Dr. Bakry-Becker is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA), the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology (AAPdN) and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI).

[1] Bakry-Becker L, Goldberg E, A-100 Neuropsychological Findings in a Case Involving a Rare Genetic Anomaly (de novo 6q24.2-q25.2 deletion on paternal chromosome 6) Associated with Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR), Autism, OCD and Schizoaffective Disorder, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Volume 35, Issue 6, September 2020, Page 893, https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acaa068.100

Leila Bakry-Becker, PsyD