Dr. Aaron Dodini

I believe that in life we inherit much of our personal strength from previous generations. I am lucky to have inherited some of the positive traits of my ancestors. My great great grandfather immigrated to the United States from a small pastoral village in Southern Switzerland. As a young man, he built a solid home for his large family out of stone he quarried, shaped, and detailed from the imposing Swiss Alps. The mountains offered both formidable challenges and life-sustaining opportunities for him. I believe my grandfather’s strength and ability to thrive despite significant hardship came from overcoming the challenges presented by the rugged, mountainous terrain. Due to his perseverance and drive, he built a life for himself among the mountains that was humble, balanced, and stable – much like the home he built that still stands today as a testament to his endurance.

I carry forward this legacy of resilience in my professional journey to become a psychotherapist. I started a graduate program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and though I deeply enjoyed my courses, I felt as if I was being exposed to only a small piece of the mental health pie. After two years, I concurrently started a PhD program in clinical psychology at Catholic University. At this point, my wife became pregnant with our first child. Life was hectic with a number of personal and professional responsibilities, but after nine years of graduate school, four children, and more than two decades of marriage, I discovered that my personal philosophy is founded on life balance. In part because of my own beliefs and in part due to the hard work and perseverance of my ancestors, I understand the importance of ambition and drive, but also the value of family and relationships.

I believe in the basic truth that we grow and learn life’s greatest lessons in the company of others. It is on this core philosophy that my practice is established.


Educational Background

M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech
M.A., Psychology, Catholic University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Catholic University
Certified Group Psychotherapist

Email Dr. Dodini
703.909.5101 ext.101