Couples Counseling Therapists in Bethesda, MD

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Alayna Berkowitz
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
9 Endorsed
Verified
9 Endorsed
I work with clients on a range of concerns with a specialty in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, adjustment struggles, and identity.
Thank you for visiting. I can imagine that you might be facing a challenge, adjusting to a new opportunity, experiencing uncertainty, or perhaps a combination of all three. When you need extra support to move forward, finding the right therapist can make all of the difference. I work with folks to forge meaningful relationships with themselves and others while I also attend to identity. I seek to work with clients on better understanding themselves, and who they are in relationships with in order to meet their needs.
(240) 221-5274
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Marie A. Murphy MS, MSW, BCPsa
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, BCPsa, FIPA
Verified
Verified
I specialize in helping people suffering from depression, anxiety (mood disorders), early trauma, family or personal transitions, relationship concerns (including marital and/or family issues), psychosomatic issues, losses, and grief issues that are inevitable throughout our lives. I focus on understanding the underlying fears and blockages that interfere with more satisfaction and enjoyment in life--put another way, in thinking about our psychological lives and our states of mind, the past is prologue. I deeply value the uniqueness of each patient's experience and the importance of active and supportive collaboration in promoting growth and change.
(301) 654-6577
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Stephanie Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LCMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Life can be really challenging, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed with difficult emotional experiences, stuck in cycles of self judgment, shame and self doubt, or struggling with anxiety, depression, or relationship issues. But change is possible, and I am here to help you make the change you're looking for! I care deeply about supporting my clients as they learn more about themselves and the root of the symptoms they are experiencing, helping them heal from emotional wounds and traumas, better their relationships, and learn how to live more fully in the present!
(240) 297-5937
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Rebecca Whitmore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, MEd
Verified
Verified
A supportive relationship with a skilled therapist can help you move forward.
We overcome difficulties, adjust to changes, and manage difficult emotions best when we do not have to go at it alone. I offer a supportive partnership to help you identify your goals and build capacity to experience joy, compassionate self regard, and healthy rewarding relationships. I have over 35 years of experience helping children, couples , adults, and parents who may be feeling stuck, alone, sad, anxious, or unable to find the forward motion to reach goals for well being. Together we can create a safe space to address difficult emotions, and identify resources and habits that support resiliency and wellness.
(240) 775-2294
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Afa Alizada
Counselor, LGPC, NCC, MEd
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You’re going through the motions and adulting as best as you can. On the surface, everything looks “normal” as you get things done and show up for others. Inside, you feel drained and unfulfilled, maybe even dreading your days or constantly worrying. You keep hoping that with the next job or promotion, new relationship , desired body weight, or some other achievement things will feel better. But no matter what, you feel you’re not good enough and happiness is out of reach. You’re craving a deep sense of peace. You want to feel alive and know your life has a purpose. You want to connect deeply with others and know that you belong.
(301) 396-7448
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Lindsey Hoskins & Associates
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LCMFT
Verified
12 Endorsed
Verified
12 Endorsed
My individual clients include those dealing with mental health challenges; making decisions about career or relationships; or pursuing more fulfilling approaches to life. I work with couples of all ages, stages, and compositions, addressing communication, infidelity, loss of passion, infertility, parenting, strengthening relationships, and deciding. I work with couples struggling to decide if and how to continue to work on deeply troubled relationships and solidifying commitment. I see families dealing with communication issues, creating appropriate boundaries, and working through separation, divorce, and blended family issues .
(301) 234-6398
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Lawrence I Sank
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I apply the science of Psychology in assisting individuals, couples and families in the pursuit of their goals. I strive to maximize their happiness and to live more effective lives. I have practiced in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1973. Trained by Drs. Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis, I have specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and in the treatment of mood disorders. As a certified sex therapist I combine the application of psychological science with a compassionate, empathic approach to individuals and couples as they struggle with their problems in the area of sexual functioning and related difficulties.
(301) 304-4782
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Tory Joseph
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, MEd, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I offer a warm, accepting approach to my clients. With over 20 years of experience as a workshop presenter, parent educator and counselor, I have experienced positive results with hundreds of families. Using Imago Relationship Therapy, I work with couples on improving relationships. Teaching positive parenting techniques, I help parents of both young children and teens to solve problems, and create a healthy, successful family life.
(301) 205-5368
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Caryn Malkus
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LCMFT
Verified
11 Endorsed
Verified
11 Endorsed
As a relationship expert who is Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, I guide my clients to understand and change their negative patterns of behavior so they can have healthy relationships with self and others for the long haul.
As Ted Lasso says, "I promise you there is something worse out there than being sad, and that's being alone and being sad". Are you experiencing sadness, frustration, loneliness, and worry? Are you struggling with relationships? Are you caught in a negative self talk spiral? It's time to get some relief from these difficult issues and feelings. Sharing with me, I will undo your aloneness and help you gain the support and guidance you need. Whether you are an individual or couple, I can help you create new, healthy ways of interacting with your self and others so you get what you want out of life, emerging confident and connected!
(240) 949-6690
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Sabine Cornelius
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LICSW, LCSW-C, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe in clients' innate ability to heal and grow, and in helping them to tap into their inner wisdom and resources. I have worked creatively, effectively and empathically with couples and individuals struggling with relationship difficulties, painful childhood and life experiences, personal and work stress, anxiety and depression, and social isolation. I have helped clients with complex needs in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatry, LGBT-friendly mental health services, university student counseling, and family services. I feel passionate about my work and view therapy as a collaborative, interactive process.
(202) 601-3591
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Ilene Marto Atiyah
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
Verified
If you are struggling with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, interpersonal/ relationship difficulties, school/college challenges, work issues, substance use, trauma, or family conflict, I invite you to reach out to me.
I am deeply passionate about supporting every person I encounter to lead a life worth living. I offer a warm and mindful space to celebrate strengths and explore challenges while balancing the dialectics of acceptance and change.
(240) 245-2563
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Monica Bachabi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
We are a product of many things such as, but not limited to, our relationships good/bad, personnel experiences, family, trauma, and cultural background. When working with a client, I make it a point to acknowledge the differences that makes you, uniquely you. I strive to make our therapeutic relationship fluid, honest, and transparent. In therapy, my goal is to provide a safe space in which you can share your world without judgement, fear, or shame. During therapy I hope to provide you with tools and insight to better manage life’s challenges such as trauma past/present, unhealthy relationships, and stress. Preferred contact email.
(301) 701-2376 x2
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Bethesda, MD 20817
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Hallie Strauss
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Thank you for visiting my profile! My current practice focuses on providing empathic and thoughtful support to individuals, couples and families during the stressful times of separation and divorce. I believe that separation and divorce impact the entire family, and it’s my job to work with couples to resolve difficult issues in a respectful, positive manner. As an evaluator, parent coordinator, and mediator, I am trained in the analysis of mental health and conflict issues unique to divorcing couples .
(240) 833-7782
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Dara Goldberg
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Therapy has the most successful outcomes when the client and therapist have a trusting relationship .
Reaching out to a therapist can be a difficult decision and a brave choice. In my practice, I work with my clients to build upon strengths that already exist to help you gain the skills to reach their fullest potential. I would like to help you have the opportunity to create meaningful change in your daily lives. I provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, individuals and their families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, and learning challenges. I have experience advocating for clients in the form of working with teachers, participating in IEP meetings, and educating the community.
(301) 861-0746
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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The Mindful Heart LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified
Verified
We work with individuals, couples , families, and children. We specialize in addiction, eating disorders, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, family conflict and grief. Our greatest intention is to help clients understand themselves better and improve their quality of life and relationships. We cater our approach to each client, responding to their own unique problems and personality style. This is not a "one-size-fits-all" practice.
(240) 258-2870
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Judith Mazza
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Completing these "assignments" shorten the course of treatment and also contribute toward a collaborative therapeutic relationship .
I specialize in an active, short-term problem solving treatment. While enough of the past must be understood to make sense of the present, this goal oriented short-term therapy is oriented toward the present and future and does not emphasize pathology and the past. Although there is no limit to the number of sessions that can be scheduled, my attitude toward time is to create positive change as quickly as possible and practical. This therapy utilizes particular strengths and aptitudes that every client brings with them. These strengths are used in the most productive way to ameliorate problems and introduce flexibility
(301) 686-7089
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Women's Wellness and Counseling Center (WWCC)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, RYT200, RN
Verified
Verified
We will partner with you to help you be the best you can be!.
Maximizing wellness and functionality is our approach at WWCC. Life happens - chronic illness and pain, infertility, divorce, etc. Our goal is to help you adjust to your new 'normal' and to restore your mental health to a place where you can cope and function effectively regardless of circumstances. Our yoga instructors and therapists have a wide range of experience some with nursing backgrounds that help clients understand underlying medical issues that may be their impacting chronic pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other issues.
(301) 985-2621
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Carolyn S Shaffer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I enjoy working with couples and individuals using a Cognitive Behavior Therapy model(CBT) and Mindfulness Based CBT. I am a certified sex therapist. I am also skilled in treating depression and anxiety. I have a warm and accepting style and very rarely have clients decide to go elsewhere after they have met me. I was trained by Drs. Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis, the 2 creators of CBT. I enjoy working on gay and lesbian issues and also working with adolescents and young adults. CBT teaches clients to recognize their dysfunctional thoughts and to change them allowing them to eventually become their own therapists.
(301) 304-4087
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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Noha Phillips
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LMSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
The focus of my work is on helping individuals and couples navigate stressors and develop healthier relationships with themselves and the people in their lives. I aim to provide a supportive therapeutic relationship in which we can openly explore how your experiences and thoughts impact your personal and relational wellbeing. Through developing a deeper understanding of self, we can achieve greater self-acceptance, increased confidence, and more fulfilling relationships. I am fluent in both English and Arabic and I welcome the opportunity to work with clients in either language.
(240) 213-3164
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Bethesda, MD 20814
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Stewart A Zelman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Clients (individuals or couples ) in need of help with relationship issues, self-esteem concerns, depression, anxiety, and motivation will benefit from my approach. I've developed specific treatment modalities which create goal achievement in a solution focused atmosphere. With the future in sight, we work together to make your dreams reality.
(301) 485-6914
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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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.