Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW-C, NBCCH, LICSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
""Something we were withholding made us weak until we found out it was ourselves" (Robert Frost) Working closely together we'll help you become authentically, fully ALIVE by healing your past and current emotional wounds and breaking self- destructive habits/behaviors. We'll work relentlessly to liberate you from crippling anxiety, shame, detachment, loneliness and other destructive inhibitions creating your symptoms. Clients report a feeling of HOPE and MOMENTUM even after our first session! So, if you want to enjoy passionate relationships, become emotionally alive while experiencing internal peace and fulfill your unique potential, roll up your sleeves and let's get started!"
Psychodynamic
(301) 259-3680
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
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Psychodynamic
""Something we were withholding made us weak until we found out it was ourselves" (Robert Frost) Working closely together we'll help you become authentically, fully ALIVE by healing your past and current emotional wounds and breaking self- destructive habits/behaviors. We'll work relentlessly to liberate you from crippling anxiety, shame, detachment, loneliness and other destructive inhibitions creating your symptoms. Clients report a feeling of HOPE and MOMENTUM even after our first session! So, if you want to enjoy passionate relationships, become emotionally alive while experiencing internal peace and fulfill your unique potential, roll up your sleeves and let's get started!"
Linda Perlman Gordon, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, MSW, LCSW-C
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"Linda Perlman Gordon was voted one of the best mental health professionals in the DC Metro area as well as one of the best couples therapists in Washingtonian's "Best of Washington". I am a family therapist with an expertise working with individuals, couples, young adulthood, marriage, infidelity and divorce. For you, benefits from therapy may include, learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety, managing anger, grief, depression, and/or improving your relationships and communication skills."
Psychodynamic
(240) 434-0302
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"Linda Perlman Gordon was voted one of the best mental health professionals in the DC Metro area as well as one of the best couples therapists in Washingtonian's "Best of Washington". I am a family therapist with an expertise working with individuals, couples, young adulthood, marriage, infidelity and divorce. For you, benefits from therapy may include, learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety, managing anger, grief, depression, and/or improving your relationships and communication skills."
Marie A. Murphy MS, MSW, BCPsa, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, MSW, BCPsa, FIPA
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"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."
Psychodynamic
(301) 654-6577
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"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."
Ryan Long, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, EMDR-C, IMGCA-C
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults. As a former high school coach and counselor, I provide a unique approach that is both authentic and encouraging in nature. I work best with clients that are open-minded and adaptable as well as introspective and contemplative. Sense of humor plays an essential role in developing the rapport I have with my clients. Once that is established, I make sure to carefully listen to each individual's unique story, assist in planning ahead for challenges, channel strengths, and collaboratively track progress together."
Psychodynamic
(202) 838-5376
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults. As a former high school coach and counselor, I provide a unique approach that is both authentic and encouraging in nature. I work best with clients that are open-minded and adaptable as well as introspective and contemplative. Sense of humor plays an essential role in developing the rapport I have with my clients. Once that is established, I make sure to carefully listen to each individual's unique story, assist in planning ahead for challenges, channel strengths, and collaboratively track progress together."
Joanne Zucchetto, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW-C
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
"My belief that the therapeutic relationship is the key element of successful treatment informs my practice. This working relationship, based on mutual trust and shared goals, allows for self-exploration and ultimately personal growth. In working with individuals, couples, families and/or groups I think that connecting the dots between past and present allows the client to have a better grasp on what is influencing her/his feelings and life choices leading to greater empowerment and life satisfaction."
Psychodynamic
(410) 988-2167
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
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Psychodynamic
"My belief that the therapeutic relationship is the key element of successful treatment informs my practice. This working relationship, based on mutual trust and shared goals, allows for self-exploration and ultimately personal growth. In working with individuals, couples, families and/or groups I think that connecting the dots between past and present allows the client to have a better grasp on what is influencing her/his feelings and life choices leading to greater empowerment and life satisfaction."
Marsha B Stein, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
"While people sometimes feel in crisis when initially contacting a therapist, it is also a time of courageous opportunity to mobilize for successful results. I enjoy facilitating this dynamic, healing process. After 30 years of experience I am particularly effective with highly verbal individuals and couples who don't want their words to interfere with finding solutions for improving their lives."
Psychodynamic
(301) 852-5885
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
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Psychodynamic
"While people sometimes feel in crisis when initially contacting a therapist, it is also a time of courageous opportunity to mobilize for successful results. I enjoy facilitating this dynamic, healing process. After 30 years of experience I am particularly effective with highly verbal individuals and couples who don't want their words to interfere with finding solutions for improving their lives."
Joal Ann Bennett (-Stenzel), Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, MSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
"Pain is an unavoidable and a necessary part of life. But suffering -- especially prolonged, "punishing" suffering -- is not. So many people seeking therapy suffer from anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, and self-sabotaging behaviors. We use defenses to avoid our emotions. Ironically emotions aren't the SOURCE of pain but in fact are there to HELP us HEAL from the painful losses, hurts and challenges of life. You don't come to therapy to talk about your week. You come for relief from your suffering, for a chance to work through and find meaning in your pain and, just as with a broken bone, heal stronger and better! "
Psychodynamic
(301) 844-6023
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
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Psychodynamic
"Pain is an unavoidable and a necessary part of life. But suffering -- especially prolonged, "punishing" suffering -- is not. So many people seeking therapy suffer from anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships, and self-sabotaging behaviors. We use defenses to avoid our emotions. Ironically emotions aren't the SOURCE of pain but in fact are there to HELP us HEAL from the painful losses, hurts and challenges of life. You don't come to therapy to talk about your week. You come for relief from your suffering, for a chance to work through and find meaning in your pain and, just as with a broken bone, heal stronger and better! "
Joanna Townsend, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
"We all have a story. Therapy is about understanding yours. Together we will gain insight into your narrative, explore all the different parts of you that make you who you are, unpack negative self-limiting beliefs, and help you move forward with your life. My work centers around exploring the strengths and vulnerabilities that can help you rewrite your story to one of resiliency, empowerment, and growth. "
Psychodynamic
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
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Psychodynamic
"We all have a story. Therapy is about understanding yours. Together we will gain insight into your narrative, explore all the different parts of you that make you who you are, unpack negative self-limiting beliefs, and help you move forward with your life. My work centers around exploring the strengths and vulnerabilities that can help you rewrite your story to one of resiliency, empowerment, and growth. "
Lori Shapiro, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-C, LICSW, AASECT
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"Couples counseling is my specialty and what I offer almost exclusively. Whether your relationship is experiencing a major crisis (infidelity or threats of divorce) or whether you just feel stuck and disconnected over a communication issue, I am at home. I've been helping couples re-connect and rediscover that "spark" for over 20 years. My style is warm and engaging and I customize therapy approaches to fit your specific relationship. You'll get feedback from me which is what couples indicate they like best about working with me."
Psychodynamic
(954) 800-4449
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"Couples counseling is my specialty and what I offer almost exclusively. Whether your relationship is experiencing a major crisis (infidelity or threats of divorce) or whether you just feel stuck and disconnected over a communication issue, I am at home. I've been helping couples re-connect and rediscover that "spark" for over 20 years. My style is warm and engaging and I customize therapy approaches to fit your specific relationship. You'll get feedback from me which is what couples indicate they like best about working with me."
Emily M. Bauman, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"Are you feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed? Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you been through a traumatic experience or painful loss? Are you struggling to cope with stressful relationships? Then contact me today to move one step closer to feeling better tomorrow. I provide individual psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, adjustment concerns, perinatal/postpartum issues, and I specialize in treating PTSD and associated conditions. It takes courage to look inward, make changes, and begin to heal. Together we'll develop a personalized treatment plan to help you feel better and reach your goals."
Psychodynamic
(202) 686-1155
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"Are you feeling anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed? Do you have trouble sleeping? Have you been through a traumatic experience or painful loss? Are you struggling to cope with stressful relationships? Then contact me today to move one step closer to feeling better tomorrow. I provide individual psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, adjustment concerns, perinatal/postpartum issues, and I specialize in treating PTSD and associated conditions. It takes courage to look inward, make changes, and begin to heal. Together we'll develop a personalized treatment plan to help you feel better and reach your goals."
Tamara Michaelidis, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
"My goal is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based and easily accessible treatment that gives immediate support and direction. My approach is very open, warm, non-judgmental and highly collaborative. I work with children, adolescents, and adults individually and through family-based therapy. I treat anxiety and mood-related issues, support adjustment/coping (school, social situations, life changes, etc.), enhance self-esteem and assertiveness, address academic and behavioral concerns, target eating problems, and provide parenting guidance."
Psychodynamic
(716) 557-4257
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20815
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Psychodynamic
"My goal is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based and easily accessible treatment that gives immediate support and direction. My approach is very open, warm, non-judgmental and highly collaborative. I work with children, adolescents, and adults individually and through family-based therapy. I treat anxiety and mood-related issues, support adjustment/coping (school, social situations, life changes, etc.), enhance self-esteem and assertiveness, address academic and behavioral concerns, target eating problems, and provide parenting guidance."
Thomas Hoffman,
MD
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"Individuals I have helped most are those who have abilities and talent but who are not satisfied with their personal life or job performance. I work with you in a safe, accepting, open fashion to understand the basis of things not going as well as you would like and help you sort out options to make matters better. I also work with people who are anxious or fearful but don't know the cause. I am an active member of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations."
Psychodynamic
(301) 842-6614
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"Individuals I have helped most are those who have abilities and talent but who are not satisfied with their personal life or job performance. I work with you in a safe, accepting, open fashion to understand the basis of things not going as well as you would like and help you sort out options to make matters better. I also work with people who are anxious or fearful but don't know the cause. I am an active member of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations."
Nicholas Kirsch, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"In 30 years of practice, my peers have consistently recognized me in WASHINGTONIAN's "Best" therapists. I love my job; I get to connect with patients deepest psyches, sharing intense joy and pain on the path to fuller lives. Therapy involves more openness, vulnerability, and self awareness than you imagined possible as you work through shame, guilt, trauma, naivete, passivity, dependencies, insecurity, etc. You take responsibility for bad habits, limitations and poor decisions. Consequently you take better care of yourself and your loved ones, achieve goals, resolve/manage stressors, grieve losses, and improve relationships, job performance and decision making."
Psychodynamic
(301) 288-1855
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"In 30 years of practice, my peers have consistently recognized me in WASHINGTONIAN's "Best" therapists. I love my job; I get to connect with patients deepest psyches, sharing intense joy and pain on the path to fuller lives. Therapy involves more openness, vulnerability, and self awareness than you imagined possible as you work through shame, guilt, trauma, naivete, passivity, dependencies, insecurity, etc. You take responsibility for bad habits, limitations and poor decisions. Consequently you take better care of yourself and your loved ones, achieve goals, resolve/manage stressors, grieve losses, and improve relationships, job performance and decision making."
Janine Helen Joly-DeMars, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"My client-centered, strength-based approach empowers and motivates my clients to direct the pace and trajectory of therapy. I assist my clients with identifying their goals for treatment, as well as the constraints preventing them from achieving them. As the therapeutic process unfolds, we work together to determine how to remove the constraints—and sometimes explore how they got there in first place. I am knowledgeable about and comfortable with a wide range of family therapy models and interventions, all of which offer useful tools for understanding how problems originate, as well as how to effect positive change here and now."
Psychodynamic
(301) 691-2962 x5
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"My client-centered, strength-based approach empowers and motivates my clients to direct the pace and trajectory of therapy. I assist my clients with identifying their goals for treatment, as well as the constraints preventing them from achieving them. As the therapeutic process unfolds, we work together to determine how to remove the constraints—and sometimes explore how they got there in first place. I am knowledgeable about and comfortable with a wide range of family therapy models and interventions, all of which offer useful tools for understanding how problems originate, as well as how to effect positive change here and now."
Ilana Bar-Levav,
MD
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"How we deal with life situations, including illness and pain, is that much harder when thinking is clouded by hidden feelings that push us in unhealthy directions or keep us feeling stuck. I am a board certified physician in Internal Medicine, trained in psychotherapy and Radix body psychotherapy, and specialize in working with people to become more resilient, think clearer and learn to alter their typical reactions to people and things that have led to unwanted outcomes. I will support and challenge you in a professional and safe setting and promote healthy expressions of feeling, thinking and behavior."
Psychodynamic
(301) 918-5646
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"How we deal with life situations, including illness and pain, is that much harder when thinking is clouded by hidden feelings that push us in unhealthy directions or keep us feeling stuck. I am a board certified physician in Internal Medicine, trained in psychotherapy and Radix body psychotherapy, and specialize in working with people to become more resilient, think clearer and learn to alter their typical reactions to people and things that have led to unwanted outcomes. I will support and challenge you in a professional and safe setting and promote healthy expressions of feeling, thinking and behavior."
Susan Felzer, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
"People come to therapy for different reasons at different times of their lives. I provide a compassionate nonjudgemental environment in which I see each client as a unique individual expressing their own unique concerns. By working collaboratively with you, I hope to understand past events that might be contributing to your present difficulties and help you find present solutions that will help you achieve a greater sense of well being. I believe that in the safety of a trusting therapeutic relationship people come to greater self understanding and self acceptance which leads to leading more meaningful and fulfilling lives."
Psychodynamic
(301) 812-4958
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
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Psychodynamic
"People come to therapy for different reasons at different times of their lives. I provide a compassionate nonjudgemental environment in which I see each client as a unique individual expressing their own unique concerns. By working collaboratively with you, I hope to understand past events that might be contributing to your present difficulties and help you find present solutions that will help you achieve a greater sense of well being. I believe that in the safety of a trusting therapeutic relationship people come to greater self understanding and self acceptance which leads to leading more meaningful and fulfilling lives."
Emma G Basch, Psychologist
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
"I believe my role as a therapist is to facilitate a supportive and collaborative environment which empowers you to make wanted changes in your life. I have training in various therapeutic approaches which allows me to best meet the needs of the people I work with. I am most influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). You will find that I am an active, open, and holistic therapist who will offer a flexible approach."
Psychodynamic
(646) 571-0680
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
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Psychodynamic
"I believe my role as a therapist is to facilitate a supportive and collaborative environment which empowers you to make wanted changes in your life. I have training in various therapeutic approaches which allows me to best meet the needs of the people I work with. I am most influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). You will find that I am an active, open, and holistic therapist who will offer a flexible approach."
Lisa S Oakley, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified by Psychology Today
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers."
Psychodynamic
(202) 759-3472
Verified
Office is near:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"I provide a positive and supportive approach to helping children, adolescents, adults and families who are navigating a variety of emotional or transitional challenges, including anxiety, mood disorders, school issues, family conflict and other sources of stress or disruption that may affect daily functioning or emotional well-being. I apply a person-centered and strength-based approach which involves respecting and encouraging a client's own goals and perspectives. I also work closely with parents to help identify practical and personalized strategies and interventions to address the many challenges that come with raising children and teenagers."
Debra A Neumann, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified by Psychology Today
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
"I help individuals with relationship problems, depression, loss and grief, trauma, anxiety, and the emotional disruptions of difficult life transitions. I also help with blocks to the creative process, such as writer's block and stage fright. I provide a safe and caring environment in which we work together to explore and understand your current distress and find a path to greater ease and fulfillment in life. My approach is insight-oriented, collaborative and problem solving, depending on your particular situation and needs. I work with individuals and couples. I prepare forensic psychological evaluations related to trauma."
Psychodynamic
(301) 842-6232
Verified
Bethesda, Maryland 20816
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Psychodynamic
"I help individuals with relationship problems, depression, loss and grief, trauma, anxiety, and the emotional disruptions of difficult life transitions. I also help with blocks to the creative process, such as writer's block and stage fright. I provide a safe and caring environment in which we work together to explore and understand your current distress and find a path to greater ease and fulfillment in life. My approach is insight-oriented, collaborative and problem solving, depending on your particular situation and needs. I work with individuals and couples. I prepare forensic psychological evaluations related to trauma."
Lorraine Wodiska, Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified by Psychology Today
Hosts group in:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
"I have been working with individuals, couples and groups for over 25 years. I see psychotherapeutic work as a collaborative process in which we thoughtfully consider the past personal history and how that impacts present feelings and behaviors. In a therapeutic environment of safety and compassion, we explore how to use that information to construct healthy relationships and a satisfying life. Recently, I have been working with Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. My 9-pound Shih-Tzu dog, Stella, is certified as a "Pet Partner" and she is in all individual, couples and group sessions assisting in the therapeutic process."
Psychodynamic
(703) 594-4396
Verified
Hosts group in:
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
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Psychodynamic
"I have been working with individuals, couples and groups for over 25 years. I see psychotherapeutic work as a collaborative process in which we thoughtfully consider the past personal history and how that impacts present feelings and behaviors. In a therapeutic environment of safety and compassion, we explore how to use that information to construct healthy relationships and a satisfying life. Recently, I have been working with Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. My 9-pound Shih-Tzu dog, Stella, is certified as a "Pet Partner" and she is in all individual, couples and group sessions assisting in the therapeutic process."

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Psychodynamic Therapists
Psychodynamic therapy in Bethesda, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. But psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in their life.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Bethesda are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Bethesda you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Bethesda and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Bethesda or family therapy in Bethesda.