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Judi Sprei, Ph.D.


Dr. Judi Sprei specializes in the treatment of problems of emotional regulation such as borderline personality disorder, PTSD (stress disorder), anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorders, and emotional eating. What these problems all have in common is an underlying issue of emotional dysregulation. Therefore, while different in many ways, they are alike in many ways as well. Dr. Sprei is less interested in labeling the problem than in helping her clients develop the skills to get relief from the symptoms. For many of these issues, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which teaches people the skills to live a more effective and emotionally regulated life, is a very helpful method of treatment. 

At DBT Maryland LLC, Dr. Judi Sprei, a Maryland licensed psychologist, treats individual adult clients using DBT-informed therapy and runs one of our adult DBT skills groups and our Advanced Adult DBT skills group. She no longer provides comprehensive DBT.

Dr. Sprei is the former director of  Dr. Judi Sprei and Associates, a comprehensive DBT outpatient treatment program. Prior to that, she was one of the directors of The Maryland Institute for Individual and Family Therapy.    


Judi has worked with Borderline Personality Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for over 30 years. Dr. Sprei served as the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) grant to assess Sexual Assault Centers throughout the United States. Dr. Sprei was the very first person to initiate, create, and  teach The Psychology of Women course at the University of  Maryland. Dr. Sprei also served as a moderator on a website to help people deal with emotional eating. She has been a consultant to most of the Sexual Assault Centers in Maryland. 

Dr. Sprei has published and lectured nationally on topics such as the treatment of stress disorder, clients who engage in self-harm, adult incest survivors, borderline personality disorder, and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Sprei served on the Executive Board of The Association for Women in Psychology and was given an Outstanding Community Service Award by The Maryland Psychological Association for her work with Rape and Incest Victims. She is a founding member of both the Metro D.C. DBT Consortium and DBTMetro.


To book an appointment with Judi Sprei, email, or call us at 301-229-0063.

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