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Dr. Kier Maxwell

Dr. Kier Maxwell
(available at Glenn Dale, MD office only)

Dr. Kier Maxwell, PhD, holds Doctorate and Master's degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and has worked with couples and families for more than 19 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, an indication of advanced training and experience in the field.

"I believe that my job is to inspire hope and challenge my clients to view their problems as opportunities for growth," Dr. Maxwell says. She stresses the value of education in promoting relationship health and well-being.

Dr. Maxwell's career has allowed her to help people overcome difficult experiences and flourish in a variety of settings. In addition to her work at Caring Couples, she is an EAP counselor with a Federal law enforcement agency, working with employees and their families on marital and relationship problems, mental health and substance abuse, finances, parenting, grief and bereavement, and eldercare. She also provides Critical Incident Stress Debriefings for Federal employees who have been affected by traumatic incidents.

Over the many years that she has been practicing, she has heard almost every concern imaginable. She feels very comfortable working with individuals and couples from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, occupational, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Dr. Maxwell is trained and qualified to help with a wide variety of concerns. Her specialties include

  • Marital and premarital concerns
  • Affairs and infidelity
  • Couples communication and conflict resolution
  • Divorce and separation decision-making
  • Sexual problems in men and women
  • Blended family issues
  • Decision-making, housework, and money
  • Alcohol and its effect on the family
  • Major life transitions
  • Grief and bereavement

Dr. Maxwell also teaches Caring Couples’ educational programs, Happily Ever After for premarital couples, Money 101 for couples who want to improve their financial life, and Couple Checkup, a relationship improvement program for couples at any stage of their relationship.


  • PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University, 2004
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University, 1996
  • BA, Psychology, Spelman College, 1994


Dr. Maxwell believes it is important to continually learn about new theories, research, and techniques. Highlights of the trainings she has taken in recent years include

  • Engaging the Emotional Brain. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, March 2014

  • Managing Dangerous Situations in Mental Health: Keeping Clients, Clinicians and the Community Safe. Cross Country Education, August 2013

  • Love, Secrets, Cybersex, Infidelity, Addiction – and Forgiveness? Ackerman Institute for the Family, January 2013

  • Coping with Grief: Clinical Interventions for Normal and Complicated Grief. Continuing Medical Education Institute, November 2012

  • Gottman Couples Therapy: What Makes Relationships Work? Greater Washington Society for Social Work, September 2012

  • The 10 Core Competencies for Trauma, PTSD, Grief and Loss. Premier Education Solutions Inc., August 2012

  • The Marriage Biz Program. Middle Atlantic Division, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, May 2012

  • Emotional Manipulation: Understanding Manipulators and Helping Their Victims. Cross Country Education, September 2011

  • Treating Compulsive Sexual Behaviors. Cross Country Education, August 2011

  • Couples and Affairs: Managing the Clinical Challenges. Cross Country Education, August 2011

  • Sex, Gender, and Cyberspace: Expanding the Vision of Family Therapy. American Family Therapy Academy Annual Conference, June 2011

  • The Many Faces of Addiction. Howard Community College, May 2011

  • Marriage: Relational and Societal Perspectives. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, September 2010

  • Breakthrough. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, March 2010

  • Managing Emotions and Thriving Under Pressure. Skillpath Seminars, September 2009

  • Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement. International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, August 2009

  • Psychological First Aid. International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, August 2009

  • Divorce Busting Intensive Workshop. The Divorce Busting Center, Michele Weiner Davis, LCSW, Presenter, June 2009

  • Anxiety Disorders. Cross Country Education, April 2009

  • Seizing the Day & the Art of Engagement. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, March 2009

  • Parent Empowerment: Counseling Parents in Positive Child Rearing Practices. Cross Country Education, October 2008

  • The Power of Relationship. Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, March 2008

  • Personality Disorders in Social Work and Health Care. Cross Country Education, March 2008

  • Good and Bad Couples Therapy: How to Do the First and Avoid the Second. Middle Atlantic Division, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, William Doherty, PhD, Presenter, February 2008

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Middle Atlantic Division, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Kathryn Rheem, L.M.F.T., Presenter, February 2008


Dr. Maxwell's career has allowed her to help people overcome difficult experiences and flourish in a variety of settings. Highlights of Dr. Maxwell’s work experience include

  • EAP Specialist, Federal Law Enforcement Agency
  • Executive Director, Dinner Program for Homeless Women
  • Performance Consultant, Max Weingar Group
  • Director, Montgomery County Hotline, National Mental Health Association Montgomery County Chapter
  • Psychodrama Consultant, Strategic Interactions, Inc.
  • Family Therapist
    • Family Therapy Practice Center of Washington, D.C.
    • The Crisis Center, Inc., Washington, D.C.
    • Kansas State University Family Center
    • Pitt County Department of Mental Health
    • Bethesda Youth Services
    • Kensington-Wheaton Youth Services


  • The Professional Identity of the Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice, dissertation, Kansas State University, 2004


  • Suicide Prevention for Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Coping Skills for Personal and Professional Challenges
  • Introduction to the Helping Relationship


  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland
  • Clinical Fellow, American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy

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