Couples Counseling Therapists in Washington, DC

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Lisa Sherper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
My primary focus is on helping couples and individuals with sexual issues. In working with couples, I find dissatisfaction with partnered sex is often linked to deeper relationship difficulties and the two can be intertwined. In other instances, the therapeutic focus is primarily on enhancing technique and increasing desire rather than improving the relationship. I also work individually with women to eliminate barriers to sexual wellness and increase acceptance. I enjoy working with gay, lesbian, and heterosexual clients and have respect for sexual fluidity and variance in erotic interest.
My primary focus is on helping couples and individuals with sexual issues. In working with couples, I find dissatisfaction with partnered sex is often linked to deeper relationship difficulties and the two can be intertwined. In other instances, the therapeutic focus is primarily on enhancing technique and increasing desire rather than improving the relationship. I also work individually with women to eliminate barriers to sexual wellness and increase acceptance. I enjoy working with gay, lesbian, and heterosexual clients and have respect for sexual fluidity and variance in erotic interest.
(240) 650-8566 View (240) 650-8566
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Shirley - Scribner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
I work with individual adults and couples in a supportive, constructive, and empathetic way. My style is encouraging, warm, and insightful. With over 20 years experience, I offer a safe environment in which to explore options for improving functioning and moving towards fulfillment of one's values and life goals.
I work with individual adults and couples in a supportive, constructive, and empathetic way. My style is encouraging, warm, and insightful. With over 20 years experience, I offer a safe environment in which to explore options for improving functioning and moving towards fulfillment of one's values and life goals.
(202) 519-4306 View (202) 519-4306
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Bauer and Associates
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
I am a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and I have a practice in Existential l Psychotherapy for individuals and couples. I also offer cognitive experiential psychotherapy as well as clinical hypnosis. At one time I was Director of Psychology Training at the University of Maryland Medical School and on the faculty of Johns Hopkins. I completed post doctoral work at The University of Leuven . I teach post graduate seminars in Existential and Experiential Psychotherapy to psychotherapist at The Washington Center for Consciousness Studies. I have many publications. These papers can be found on rudolphbauer.academia. edu.
I am a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and I have a practice in Existential l Psychotherapy for individuals and couples. I also offer cognitive experiential psychotherapy as well as clinical hypnosis. At one time I was Director of Psychology Training at the University of Maryland Medical School and on the faculty of Johns Hopkins. I completed post doctoral work at The University of Leuven . I teach post graduate seminars in Existential and Experiential Psychotherapy to psychotherapist at The Washington Center for Consciousness Studies. I have many publications. These papers can be found on rudolphbauer.academia. edu.
(202) 256-0307 View (202) 256-0307
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John J Hartman
Psychologist, PhD, FABP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20015
I use the relationship that develops in the course of therapy to better understand the individual conflicts that originate in childhood which underlie the difficulties you experience in your life.
I see people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other unpleasant emotions who want to learn more about themselves as a way of relieving their stress. These unpleasant emotions may involve problems in work, school, or close interpersonal relationships.
I use the relationship that develops in the course of therapy to better understand the individual conflicts that originate in childhood which underlie the difficulties you experience in your life.
I see people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or other unpleasant emotions who want to learn more about themselves as a way of relieving their stress. These unpleasant emotions may involve problems in work, school, or close interpersonal relationships.
(813) 701-2459 View (813) 701-2459
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Michelle Cotter Richards
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LICSW, LCSW, PCC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
Waitlist for new clients
I love helping lawyers and other stressed out and exhausted human beings heal, grow, and thrive by reconnecting to themselves and the people they love. As a former BigLaw and in-house lawyer, I know how the overwhelming stress and demands of our profession can take a toll on both us and our relationships. I work with individuals and couples to tame that stress and build lives and relationships full of meaning, peace, and joy.
I love helping lawyers and other stressed out and exhausted human beings heal, grow, and thrive by reconnecting to themselves and the people they love. As a former BigLaw and in-house lawyer, I know how the overwhelming stress and demands of our profession can take a toll on both us and our relationships. I work with individuals and couples to tame that stress and build lives and relationships full of meaning, peace, and joy.
(202) 796-5607 View (202) 796-5607
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LGBTQ Counseling
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008
LGBTQ Counseling offers counseling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples and groups.
Gay? Lesbian? Bi? Trans? Need help coming out? If you need an LGBTQ counselor or psychotherapist who truly understands and respects your feelings and experiences, we can help. LGBTQ Counseling is a highly experienced group of lesbian, gay and bi mental health professionals dedicated to meeting the psychological needs of our diverse LGBTQ+ community. We understand the stress of navigating and choosing the right psychotherapy and counseling techniques. Working together, we will develop a care plan for you to help you achieve your personal goals and become the most authentic version of yourself.
LGBTQ Counseling offers counseling and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples and groups.
Gay? Lesbian? Bi? Trans? Need help coming out? If you need an LGBTQ counselor or psychotherapist who truly understands and respects your feelings and experiences, we can help. LGBTQ Counseling is a highly experienced group of lesbian, gay and bi mental health professionals dedicated to meeting the psychological needs of our diverse LGBTQ+ community. We understand the stress of navigating and choosing the right psychotherapy and counseling techniques. Working together, we will develop a care plan for you to help you achieve your personal goals and become the most authentic version of yourself.
(202) 319-8541 View (202) 319-8541
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Healing Through Therapy, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, LMSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20010  (Online Only)
Now Accepting New Clients in DC and Virginia! My name is Raquel Cherry and I am a virtual therapist who specializes in working with women who want it all but need help understanding how to "have it all" without losing herself in the process. In life, we can experience many highs and there can also be some lows. The stress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm related to; parenting, intergenerational and vicarious trauma, burnout, relationship, breakdowns, women's issues, family conflict, enduring life transitions etc. are areas that a lot of people struggle to work through. You can feel fulfilled in all aspects of your life!
Now Accepting New Clients in DC and Virginia! My name is Raquel Cherry and I am a virtual therapist who specializes in working with women who want it all but need help understanding how to "have it all" without losing herself in the process. In life, we can experience many highs and there can also be some lows. The stress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm related to; parenting, intergenerational and vicarious trauma, burnout, relationship, breakdowns, women's issues, family conflict, enduring life transitions etc. are areas that a lot of people struggle to work through. You can feel fulfilled in all aspects of your life!
(202) 900-5280 View (202) 900-5280
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Dr. Chad D. Olle
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20036
The centerpiece of my work is a therapeutic relationship in which you can explore and better understand yourself without fear of judgment, essentially "rewiring" your brain so that confidence and self-acceptance come to feel more like second nature to you.
Therapy can help you engage in your life more fully by reducing hypersensitivity to disappointment and other injuries while also reconnecting you to your strengths. I have experience working with a wide variety of histories, presentations, and severities, many of which add up to some form of anxiety and/or depression. Some clients struggle with major disruptions to their normal functioning while others are functioning well enough but are looking to “raise the bar” and live a more rewarding life. I also have experience working with a diverse clientele, and all backgrounds and identities are welcome.
The centerpiece of my work is a therapeutic relationship in which you can explore and better understand yourself without fear of judgment, essentially "rewiring" your brain so that confidence and self-acceptance come to feel more like second nature to you.
Therapy can help you engage in your life more fully by reducing hypersensitivity to disappointment and other injuries while also reconnecting you to your strengths. I have experience working with a wide variety of histories, presentations, and severities, many of which add up to some form of anxiety and/or depression. Some clients struggle with major disruptions to their normal functioning while others are functioning well enough but are looking to “raise the bar” and live a more rewarding life. I also have experience working with a diverse clientele, and all backgrounds and identities are welcome.
(202) 899-8990 View (202) 899-8990
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Helen DeVinney
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20009
If you're looking for a therapist, there's a good chance you feel like "something" in your life isn't working -- perhaps within yourself, a relationship, or your career. Sometimes it's hard to know what that "something" is, and, other times, the feeling may be directly connected to a specific event, relationship, or personality trait. As your therapist, I will work with you at a pace that feels manageable, and together we will reflect on what feels like it's not working and identify possibilities that may bring relief or change.
If you're looking for a therapist, there's a good chance you feel like "something" in your life isn't working -- perhaps within yourself, a relationship, or your career. Sometimes it's hard to know what that "something" is, and, other times, the feeling may be directly connected to a specific event, relationship, or personality trait. As your therapist, I will work with you at a pace that feels manageable, and together we will reflect on what feels like it's not working and identify possibilities that may bring relief or change.
(410) 793-1307 View (410) 793-1307
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Adrian J Connolly
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, SEP
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
I have worked extensively with individuals, couples, and families whose traumatic or painful experiences--either recent or past--contribute to their current problems or difficulties.
I view therapy as an invitation to bring awareness to the here and now. For many of us, we press forward, through, and over difficult feelings when they arise in our daily lives. Often they show up as unwanted thoughts or images. They not only fill us with dread, but we will go to great lengths to avoid them. On the other hand, what if moving toward our feelings actually reduces the influence they have over us, allowing us to attend to the very things we value, thereby creating meaning and purpose in our lives.
I have worked extensively with individuals, couples, and families whose traumatic or painful experiences--either recent or past--contribute to their current problems or difficulties.
I view therapy as an invitation to bring awareness to the here and now. For many of us, we press forward, through, and over difficult feelings when they arise in our daily lives. Often they show up as unwanted thoughts or images. They not only fill us with dread, but we will go to great lengths to avoid them. On the other hand, what if moving toward our feelings actually reduces the influence they have over us, allowing us to attend to the very things we value, thereby creating meaning and purpose in our lives.
(202) 813-1485 View (202) 813-1485
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Helen Ann Rudinsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015  (Online Only)
Do you feel misunderstood? Do you have trouble communicating? As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I help couples and individuals turn their relationships around for the better. We work on speaking and listening skills, using "I" statements, setting boundaries and other relationship skills. We use videos, personality tests, role plays and other tools to bring about rapid change. I work with clients on relationship issues, career choices, and other issues. What sets me apart from other therapists is my ability to keep clients on a systematic approach to change with a focused, short term program to help them achieve their goals quickly.
Do you feel misunderstood? Do you have trouble communicating? As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I help couples and individuals turn their relationships around for the better. We work on speaking and listening skills, using "I" statements, setting boundaries and other relationship skills. We use videos, personality tests, role plays and other tools to bring about rapid change. I work with clients on relationship issues, career choices, and other issues. What sets me apart from other therapists is my ability to keep clients on a systematic approach to change with a focused, short term program to help them achieve their goals quickly.
(833) 472-0501 View (833) 472-0501
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Susan R Driscoll
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20002  (Online Only)
Susan R. Driscoll is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Washington DC who entered the field with an interest in helping couples, families, and individuals develop their inherent strengths to create positive and lasting change in their lives. She brings a compassionate, empathic, authentic, and flexible approach to each of her clients. Susan considers the therapeutic alliance between herself and her clients as a partnership with the goal of empowering clients to be effective experts in their own lives.
Susan R. Driscoll is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Washington DC who entered the field with an interest in helping couples, families, and individuals develop their inherent strengths to create positive and lasting change in their lives. She brings a compassionate, empathic, authentic, and flexible approach to each of her clients. Susan considers the therapeutic alliance between herself and her clients as a partnership with the goal of empowering clients to be effective experts in their own lives.
(202) 972-4287 View (202) 972-4287
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Carole Palmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20016
Short-term couples therapy not only meets today's economic constraints, it gives immediate relief and allows for hope.
I will challenge you, help you with your goals, and focus on safety, support, and progress. I provide therapy to couples who want to resolve difficult issues effectively. I offer psychotherapy to adults and adolescents and promote trust in self so that much of the work continues outside the therapy room. I view 'eating disorders' as expressions, not pathologies and will work with you to find a healthy voice. For anxiety and depression I utilize imagery, relaxation and cognitive approaches while integrating the past as necessary. Please call or email me with any questions.
Short-term couples therapy not only meets today's economic constraints, it gives immediate relief and allows for hope.
I will challenge you, help you with your goals, and focus on safety, support, and progress. I provide therapy to couples who want to resolve difficult issues effectively. I offer psychotherapy to adults and adolescents and promote trust in self so that much of the work continues outside the therapy room. I view 'eating disorders' as expressions, not pathologies and will work with you to find a healthy voice. For anxiety and depression I utilize imagery, relaxation and cognitive approaches while integrating the past as necessary. Please call or email me with any questions.
(202) 875-6713 View (202) 875-6713
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Karen J. Osterle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
Waitlist for new clients
Most people have mixed feelings about starting individual therapy or couples counseling, and yet you may remember happier times when life and relationships felt easier. You might be finding that everyone's friendly advice, self-help books, podcasts, and all of your existing coping mechanisms haven't worked sufficiently for you of late. By now, you want to get to the root of your present-day struggles and to come up with new endings to the same old stories. I can help. I also help couples to strengthen their connection (or to part amicably, if need be) by articulating the dynamic and teaching effective conflict-resolution skills.
Most people have mixed feelings about starting individual therapy or couples counseling, and yet you may remember happier times when life and relationships felt easier. You might be finding that everyone's friendly advice, self-help books, podcasts, and all of your existing coping mechanisms haven't worked sufficiently for you of late. By now, you want to get to the root of your present-day struggles and to come up with new endings to the same old stories. I can help. I also help couples to strengthen their connection (or to part amicably, if need be) by articulating the dynamic and teaching effective conflict-resolution skills.
(202) 643-0971 View (202) 643-0971
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Elizabeth Melnikoff
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, MSW, MEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20006  (Online Only)
Of most importance to me is creating an environment and therapeutic relationship that honors privacy, past experiences, struggles, resilience, and goals looking forward.
My goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable to share and know you will be heard during our time together. In tandem, we prioritize your goals and explore the best ways to help you achieve them. I am a general practitioner with a wealth of experience working with clients of all backgrounds who have diverse needs.
Of most importance to me is creating an environment and therapeutic relationship that honors privacy, past experiences, struggles, resilience, and goals looking forward.
My goal is to create a space where you feel comfortable to share and know you will be heard during our time together. In tandem, we prioritize your goals and explore the best ways to help you achieve them. I am a general practitioner with a wealth of experience working with clients of all backgrounds who have diverse needs.
(202) 480-2617 View (202) 480-2617
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Athena Gavaris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20036
I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, traumatic events, and chronic illness.
Have you not found success with other therapy experiences? Let’s meet. For over 25 years, I have been providing psychotherapy services to individuals and couples. It is a pleasure to see clients grow, resolve problems, and begin to live and feel in ways they never imagined. I create a safe, supportive, and affirming environment for exploring and gaining insight into the challenges you face, and together we will find new ways to understand, and address them. My goal is to help you find meaningful and lasting solutions that improve your mood, sense of well being and relationships.
I work with people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, traumatic events, and chronic illness.
Have you not found success with other therapy experiences? Let’s meet. For over 25 years, I have been providing psychotherapy services to individuals and couples. It is a pleasure to see clients grow, resolve problems, and begin to live and feel in ways they never imagined. I create a safe, supportive, and affirming environment for exploring and gaining insight into the challenges you face, and together we will find new ways to understand, and address them. My goal is to help you find meaningful and lasting solutions that improve your mood, sense of well being and relationships.
(202) 759-5433 View (202) 759-5433
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Eric Behna
Pre-Licensed Professional, LGSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Washington, DC 20020  (Online Only)
Eric believes that everyone has a right to access therapy and have a supportive, objective partner as they strive for growth.
Eric is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, D.C. Eric’s style is calm, supportive, and non-judgmental. Eric seeks to walk alongside his clients on their journey towards change and being the person they want to be. His approach is to help clients tap into inner strengths while building greater awareness of emotions and behaviors.
Eric believes that everyone has a right to access therapy and have a supportive, objective partner as they strive for growth.
Eric is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Washington, D.C. Eric’s style is calm, supportive, and non-judgmental. Eric seeks to walk alongside his clients on their journey towards change and being the person they want to be. His approach is to help clients tap into inner strengths while building greater awareness of emotions and behaviors.
(833) 525-0466 View (833) 525-0466
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Brigit Van Widenfelt
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20015
Hello. In my practice I work with clients on relationship issues, anxiety, depression and related difficulties. I am a Clinical Psychologist and have worked at the University my entire career doing clinical research, mentoring, supervising, teaching, training and doing therapy. I keep up with empirically based approaches in the field of Psychology/ Psychiatry and integrate new developments into my work. I am licensed in Washington, DC and have a PSYPACT license for video therapy in most states. I look forward to meeting you!
Hello. In my practice I work with clients on relationship issues, anxiety, depression and related difficulties. I am a Clinical Psychologist and have worked at the University my entire career doing clinical research, mentoring, supervising, teaching, training and doing therapy. I keep up with empirically based approaches in the field of Psychology/ Psychiatry and integrate new developments into my work. I am licensed in Washington, DC and have a PSYPACT license for video therapy in most states. I look forward to meeting you!
(202) 868-8575 View (202) 868-8575
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Jaime M Grant
PhD
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20008  (Online Only)
I have 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and polycules. My book, Great Sex: Mapping Your Desire, is based on a sexual liberation workshop I've offered on campuses and at LGBTQ+ rights conferences in the US and around the world. My clients are usually in therapy but need specialized work on gender, sexuality, identity, and intimacy. Most of us believe there is something 'wrong' with our sexuality -- what we want/don't want, how we connect or fail to connect, what we know or don't know about our desire. In our work together, we discover the power of our sex his/her/theystories and plot a path to pleasure.
I have 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and polycules. My book, Great Sex: Mapping Your Desire, is based on a sexual liberation workshop I've offered on campuses and at LGBTQ+ rights conferences in the US and around the world. My clients are usually in therapy but need specialized work on gender, sexuality, identity, and intimacy. Most of us believe there is something 'wrong' with our sexuality -- what we want/don't want, how we connect or fail to connect, what we know or don't know about our desire. In our work together, we discover the power of our sex his/her/theystories and plot a path to pleasure.
(202) 952-2093 View (202) 952-2093
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Cara Marie Curcio
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified Verified
Washington, DC 20009
Currently I am accepting new patients for individual and couples therapy.
Whatever your reason for seeking therapy is—whether it is an addiction, depression, anxiety, body image issues, gender identity—I work to collaboratively to help you get to the root of it to help increase insight about patterns that are playing out in your life. I have a background as a yoga practitioner and teacher so I also work to use mindfulness and meditation in sessions where appropriate. I work to individualize each therapy relationship, using psychodynamic principles, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy to guide my interventions.
Currently I am accepting new patients for individual and couples therapy.
Whatever your reason for seeking therapy is—whether it is an addiction, depression, anxiety, body image issues, gender identity—I work to collaboratively to help you get to the root of it to help increase insight about patterns that are playing out in your life. I have a background as a yoga practitioner and teacher so I also work to use mindfulness and meditation in sessions where appropriate. I work to individualize each therapy relationship, using psychodynamic principles, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy to guide my interventions.
(202) 410-0234 View (202) 410-0234
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.