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Elizabeth Sloan, LPC, is a marriage counselor in the Washington, D.C. area, practicing in Maryland and Virginia. In her practice, Caring Couples, Happy Lives, she specializes in helping couples from their first date to their fiftieth anniversary. By preparing couples for marriage, and helping them rebuild when they are on the brink divorce, she helps move couples up the life happiness scale using the science of relationships and positive psychology.
She first knew she wanted to work with couples in 1985, when she wandered into an international conference on marriage and family therapy in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She realized she had found her calling when she focused on couples communication as her masters thesis topic.
Elizabeth has helped thousands of couples, and is happy to say that grateful couples send her snapshots with notes saying things like "Thanks for saving our marriage - without you, this photo would not be possible!"
Elizabeth also trains and supervises therapists wanting to gain expertise in couples counseling.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, which is a Master's level mental health license. She is licensed in Maryland and Virginia. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). She holds a Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Maryland's Department of Family Science.
In addition to directing her private practice, Elizabeth has served as past Clinical Director of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the primary association for psychiatrists who treat children and adolescents with mental health disorders. She was instrumental in developing the Academy's Practice Parameters, documents that describe best practices in diagnosing and treating disorders in children and adolescents.
She also has served as past Senior Director of Outcomes, Research, and Quality at Magellan Health Services, a national health care company that at one time administered behavioral health care for 1 in 3 Americans with health insurance. She developed and managed national programs in quality improvement, and performed research on the effectiveness of mental health treatments. She directed national programs for early detection and prevention of mental health disorders in children and adults. One program, for postpartum depression, linked 55,000 women to behavioral health services in one year.