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Couples Counseling (Marriage Counseling)

Couples today expect their relationship to meet all of their emotional, sexual, financial, social, and spiritual needs. It's no wonder that many people are unhappy in their relationship -- with expectations like these, people are bound to be disappointed. Couples and marriage counseling can help partners engage in a process of examination that, together with a commitment to work on problems until they are solved, improves communication, brings intimacy back, and rekindles a sense of fun and pleasure. Relationships like these are among the most deeply satisfying of all human relationships, and provide an important buffer from the stresses and strains of the outside world. We have extensive training and experience in many approaches to couples and marriage counseling and draw from solid research on the most effective counseling strategies.   MORE


Affairs, cheating, adultery - no matter what you call it, when couples have to face the aftermath of a partner's infidelity, their whole world shatters. For the hurt partner, it's as if all the love, good times, sex, and intimacy have somehow been a lie. The person they have built their life around now seems like a stranger. For the straying partner, guilt at seeing their partner's heartache, fear about what the future will bring, and the potential loss of the other person hang overhead like an anvil. For both partners, the sense of their relationship as a secure, safe haven is lost. It becomes clear that there are hard times and difficult choices ahead. As harsh reality sinks in, many turn to marriage counseling for help.   MORE

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Premarital Counseling

Studies show that couples who learn proven relationship skills and increase their understanding of each other before marriage have happier, stronger marriages that last. In fact, more and more couples are choosing premarital programs as a way to prepare for marriage. Overwhelmingly, married couples say that premarital counseling programs helped their marriage. One university study of 1,235 couples found that during their first year of marriage, more than 92 percent of couples said their premarital counseling program was valuable. After four years of marriage, about 80 percent of couples still thought so.   MORE

Sexual Problems

How partners in a relationship feel about their sex life has a big impact on their relationship overall. When a partner is unhappy with their sex life, they are generally unhappy with the whole relationship. While the stereotype is that most of us learned about "the birds and the bees" during an awkward conversation with our parents -- the reality is most people learn about sex from a variety of other sources, such as TV, movies and books, as well as our friends and partners. Many families have unwritten rules and beliefs about sex that we absorb without realizing it. Getting information from these sources creates beliefs and expectations about what a normal sex life looks like. But how much of the information is accurate?   MORE

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Free 30 Minute Consultation

Life should feel great. If it doesn't, then perhaps counseling can help. Feel free to contact us by E-Mail or phone toll free (866-588-0477) to learn more about our practice, and schedule a free half-hour phone consultation with one of our clinicians. Our offices are conveniently located in McLean, Virginia & Glenn Dale, Maryland.

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About Us

Elizabeth Sloan, a Marriage and Family Therapist offering services in both McLean, VA and Glenn Dale, MD, specializes in communication problems, affairs, love & sex addiction, sexual problems, and premarital counseling.

Dr. Marika Martin, a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist (LGMFT) and Ph.D., offering services in Glenn Dale, MD, assists couples with communication, infidelity, parenting, and other problems.

Dr. Kier Maxwell, a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist (LCMFT), holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been helping couples & families since 1997.

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  Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

Northern Virginia (VA):   Alexandria 22301 22302 22304 22314 - Annandale 22003 - Arlington 22201 22202 22203 22205 22206 22207 22209 - Burke 22015 - Centreville 20120 - Chantilly 20151 - Fairfax 22030 22031 22038 22041 - Falls Church 22041 - Franconia 22310 - Great Falls 22066 - Herndon 20170 20171 - Langley 22101 - Leesburg 20175 20176 - McLean 22101 22102 22106 - Oakton 22124 - Reston 20190 - Springfield 22150 22151 22152 - Sterling 20163 - Tysons Corner 22182 22102 - Vienna 22180 22181 22182

Maryland (MD):   Annapolis 21401 21403 - Beltsville 20705 - Bethesda 20814 20816 20817 20852 - Bowie 20715 20716 20720 - Cabin John 20815 20818 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - College Park 20740 20742 - Crofton 21114 - Davidsonville 21035 - Fort Meade 20725 20755 - Gambrills 20154 - Garrett Park 20896 - Glen Echo 20812 - Glenn Dale 20769 - Greenbelt 20770 - Hyattsville 20781 20782 20783 - Kensington 20895 - Kettering 20774 - Lanham 20706 - Largo 20774 - Laurel 20707 20708 20724 - Mitchellville 20716 - Odenton 21113 - Potomac 20854 20859 - Rockville 20850 20852 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 20905 20906 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Upper Marlboro 20772 - Wheaton 20902 - White Oak 20901 - Woodmore 20721

Washington DC (DC):   DC Metro 20001 20007 20008 20011 20012 20015 20016

McLean, VA & Glenn Dale, MD