About Dr. Sank

Lawrence I. Sank, Ph.D.

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Dr. Sank has practiced in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1973. He has specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy and in the treatment of mood disorders. He is skilled in treating depression and anxiety with an emphasis on mindfulness training. He is a certified sex therapist. Dr. Sank is the author of "Zen on the Run: Mindfulness in a New York Minute" (mindfulnessina nyminute.com) and "Happily Ever After: The Engaged Couples' Guide to Getting Marriage Right" (gettingmarriageright.com).


  • Brandeis University: A.B. (Cum Laude) Economics
  • Rutgers University: M.S. Clinical Psychology
  • Rutgers University: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology


  • Harvard University School of Medicine: Clinical Fellow / Predoctoral Internship-Beth Israel Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (Madison): Post doctoral Fellow University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Therapy-Collaborative Research Training Program for Depression


  • Maryland

Board Certification:

  • American Board of Professional Psychology
    (ABPP)-Clinical Psychology


  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) Founding Fellow
  • Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Certified Sex Therapist
  • American Psychological Association
  • Maryland Psychological Association - Fellow
  • DC Psychological Association

Contact Information 

6310 Winston Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-1pm Sat: 7am-12pm 

Dr. Shaffer: (301) 320-5268
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Dr. Sank: (301) 229-3131 Email: External link opens in new tab or windowlawrencesank@yahoo.com 

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