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Amy Julia Cheyfitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
I have experience working with clients who have been through trauma, are exploring their sexuality and/or gender identity, navigating substance abuse, experiencing grief or loss, and working through relationship challenges.
I believe that my role as a therapist is to create a space where you feel supported, safe, and validated as we navigate challenges together. I will be there beside you as you gain the skills to shape your life the way you envision and work towards your goals. I think that everyone can benefit from therapy, whether it’s short-term to help you through a life transition or longer-term support, I will be here to help and accept you as you are. Many people who are members of the LGBTQ+, kink, or poly communities can feel stigmatized during therapy and I aim to provide a non-judgmental atmosphere for all my clients.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Claire Riesenberg is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington, D.C., who has 10 years of experience partnering with individuals, couples , and families seeking help with depression, anxiety, substance use, physical and mental health, life transitions, and relationship issues. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgetown University and graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Social Work.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
She has direct experience working with people experiencing depression, anxiety, self-confidence issues, relationship issues, trauma, and life transitions.
Samira Pizaro is a licensed clinical social worker dedicated to motivating change, creating healthier habits, and building a safe space for clients. You can trust Samira will be purpose-driven and practical around your care needs and treatment planning. Her approach toward accessible, well-rounded mental health care includes challenging negative thinking with insightful questioning and value-oriented goal setting so you can maintain the healthiest version of yourself. With Samira, you will explore what your values are and find ways to use those values to stay committed to your goals.
Washington Nutrition and Counseling Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LGSW
Several years of work with adults has added to my array of assistance experiences including working with clients who have experienced anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, relationship changes, communication skills, and much more.
My approach to counseling is to create a safe space for growth and healing. I believe that growth and healing happen when people recognize that they have a circle of care (including clinicians) that show them empathy and support, that they can rely on and recognize that they have their best interests in mind. My therapeutic techniques include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy to create an atmosphere where the client recognizes that they are in control of their therapeutic experience.
Pre-Licensed Professional, PC-I
I also enjoy working with couples with communication and parenting styles.
I am a Mental Health Counseling Intern at Northwestern University. I am passionate about creating an atmosphere where you can thrive in the world in a loving, healthy manner. I help clients dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, life and relationship challenges. I also enjoy working with couples with communication and parenting styles. My techniques are rooted in cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, emotionally focused, solution-focused, and psychodynamic theories and therapies.
(202) 838-3177 x704
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Welcome to my practice and thank you for considering me as a companion on your journey towards healing and growth. Are you looking for a compassionate therapist who will listen deeply and attentively to your concerns whether they stem from difficulties coping with relationship issues, work stressors, past traumatic events or simply feeling that your life could have more meaning and depth?
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Does life constantly feel overwhelming? Do you have past or present trauma that seems to affect everything you think or do? Do you feel like your partner never listens to or understands you? Or does it feel like they just don’t care about you or your needs at all? These are all common experiences for individuals and couples . The good news is, there is hope and help. I can help you work through that trauma so it does not affect you constantly. I can teach you and your partner how to communicate better so that you can meet each other’s needs and get back to that loving place you were in at the start of the relationship .
Montrella S Cowan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, CEAP
Raped as a child 4+ years, I suffered for decades from PTSD and nightmares and never had a real relationship .
Are you ready to ditch the anxiety, overwhelm and worry you feel about the year ahead? Are you ready for more thoughtful, more loving relationships? Are you ready to earn money doing the kind of work that you love? Are you ready to embrace faith and spirituality? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then now is the time to get the support you need to heal and move on. If you’re ready to have a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life, click the link below to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Avé Maria Renard
Psychologist, PsyD, MSN
You are a Professional who wants help: to shut down the Inner Critic; to stop feeling out of control; to stop people pleasing and perfectionism. Yes, to reconnect with partner and friends. Yes to Self Care. No to burnout. Yes to healthy boundaries. Together, we bring curiosity and compassion to your sense of a responsibility that compels overdrive. Our work is collaborate. It is Intentional. The psychotherapy process may at times feel intense. Yet, step-by-step, we gradually dial down overwhelm, prioritize Self Discovery and Self Care. I assist and support you to cultivate a more emotionally resourced and affirming Authentic Self.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
If you decide to come in, it is my hope that you will feel supported, encouraged, and compassionately challenged in our working relationship to reach your therapy goals and find strength, new insights, and resilience.
Is this your first go at therapy or you have had therapy before? Have your experiences impacted you, emotionally, psychologically and physically? I am here to help you identify and remove the barriers of trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, family and relationship issues, life and career transitions and other life difficulties. It is my believe that the first step towards getting healing and dealing with life’s trials is seeking help, and we all have the innate power to heal and grow from difficult life experiences.
Charrise Hipol, Psy.D., PLLC
I am experienced in treating anxiety, trauma, depression, post-partum issues, adjustment issues, relationship concerns, grief, multicultural issues and identity concerns.
There are circumstances in life that can lead people to feel anxious, depressed, stuck, or otherwise emotionally troubled. You may find yourself in patterns of unhealthy behaviors, thoughts or relationships that you can't seem to change.
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Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor, MEd, LGPC, NCC
I have a keen interest in exploring trauma and its impacts, relationship experiences, and adults experiencing life transitions.
Life is tough! Perhaps you’ve been thrown a curveball you didn’t expect, or maybe you’ve just been feeling “stuck” lately. Whatever your experience may be, I am here to help. As a licensed graduate professional counselor, I aim to create a space for you where we can process what’s been on your mind and highlight your strengths in an ever-changing world.
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Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
We have a wealth of experience working in private practice with adults, couples , and teenagers.
Hello! My Name is Arelis, and I am a therapist and founder of Arelis Perez Psychotherapy Services. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, we are here to help you achieve your goal. We are a multicultural and multi-lingual practice offering therapeutic services to children, teenager, and adults. Our clinicians are trained to utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to support and empower a diverse population.
I work with clients who are experiencing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, and issues related to adjustment/life transitions, acculturation, and stress.
I view the therapeutic environment as a place where you can find healing through self-discovery, gaining insight, exploring unhealthy thought patterns, and developing more effective strategies in dealing with your life's challenges. As a therapist, I work collaboratively, and strive to create a safe and supportive environment that facilitates growth with regards to your sense of well-being, authenticity, and ability to create change in your life.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Greetings! My name is Dawn Prather. I am here to help. Perhaps you’ve been feeling down or anxious. Maybe you’re unsure about the future of a relationship or just feel that you aren’t fulfilling your life’s purpose. Whatever your needs may be, I am here for you.
Anastasia V. Noskova
Psychotherapy can offer pathways to greater happiness, joy, and satisfaction in life. I believe that many of our choices are creative adjustments to difficult situations and it is only with compassion and understanding that we can experience change. Culture, values, tradition, and context influence our choices and the way we see ourselves and the world. Through listening closely and providing a supportive and non-judgmental environment, I offer you a unique freedom to talk, different from any other relationship .
CURRENT in-person/telehealth openings. Do you feel overwhelmed, worried, or stuck? Are you experiencing relationship challenges or wanting to build your self-confidence? Navigating your way through life’s challenges can be exhausting and lonely. I will provide you with the support and tools you need to gain a better understanding of your concerns, work through life’s challenges and confidently make the changes you need to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. My approach is warm, empathic, and collaborative. I want you to feel comfortable, and aim to create a safe and and non-judgmental space for you to work through your worries.
Counselor, MEd, LGPC, NCC
Email communication is preferred! Aleesha’s goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment for all of her clients to be their genuine selves. She also hopes to help clients gain tools needed to process and express different emotions wholeheartedly. She believes that with a strong therapeutic relationship , anything is possible!
LaNail R. Plummer
Counselor, EdD, LPC, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH
As humans, all people face difficult times in life. This common affect becomes more difficult as children, adolescents, and parents/adults are dealing with and/or attempting to manage various mental health issues. As a LPC, I can work with various clients and needs; however, I am best suited for children, adolescents,young adults, couples , parents and families. I value multiculturalism, solutions-focused work, and holistic practices.
Counselor, LGPC, MA
I am also trained to do premarital counseling with couples using Prepare/enrich and Symbis materials.
When we look closely at our lives, we find patterns-- both positive and negative. It is helpful to examine distressing patterns so that they do not impact present and future relationships. We all face challenging times of trial, and it is important to seek help. If you find yourself wanting to grow, heal, and develop coping skills to impact your future, I would love to come alongside and collaborate on setting goals for healing.
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Couples Counseling Therapists
Does couples counseling work?
Research shows that couples counseling is effective; it can reduce relationship distress and improve emotional awareness, communication, empathy, intimacy, and overall relationship satisfaction. For example, emotionally focused therapy was found to be effective for about 75 percent of couples, and those benefits lasted at least two years.
When should a couple seek counseling?
Couples can benefit from counseling if they consistently struggle in their relationship. They may have lost the ability to communicate effectively, become entrenched in harmful patterns, begun to fight more than usual, broken the other’s trust, suffered from a mental or physical illness, or faced any number of other challenges. Many therapists offer free consultations, so if a couple isn’t sure whether therapy is necessary, asking directly can provide clarity.
How can I get my partner to go to couples therapy?
The decision to seek couples therapy is often driven by one partner, who then convinces the other to participate. When discussing the idea, the initiator should be direct and assertive. They can state the problems they see and explain how the relationship would benefit from therapy. In more serious cases, they can also explain how their relationship may suffer without making any changes or seeking professional help.
How does a couple prepare for couples counseling?
The anticipation of beginning couples counseling can be difficult—sometimes more difficult than the first session itself. Taking a few moments to reflect can allay those concerns: What are the current challenges? When and how did they begin? What do they want the relationship to look like in the future? Reflecting on these questions can help individuals or couples articulate their goals. Of course, the therapist will also ask questions and guide couples through the process.