FAQsOur FAQ page has answers to questions about our services, specialties, sessions, fees, insurance options, and intake process.

Q: What services do you provide?

We offer a variety of services for couples, individuals, and families in an atmosphere of support, emotional safety, and respect for differences.

Couples Services

We provide marriage counseling, couples therapy, and relationship therapy, as well as premarital counseling and classes. We work with couples who are trying to resolve problems with, among other things

    • Communication and conflict
    • Infidelity and affairs
    • Sexual disorders
    • Sex addiction
    • Family issues (parenting, stepfamilies, in-laws, past partners)

We also provide marriage education, addressing topics such as communication skills, housework, finances, decision-making, and work-life balance. For couples who want an independent assessment of their relationship, we offer online and paper relationship assessments that are well-researched and provide concrete information on strengths and challenges.

Premarital Services

We offer premarital counseling in two formats: a four-session, private premarital class and open-ended premarital counseling to help couples prepare to marry. Our class can be taken in a Christian or secular format. For couples who must meet the requirements of a pastor, rabbi, or other celebrant, we can customize the program to include religious or spiritual elements, e.g., Bible or other sacred literature. We also work with couples trying to resolve problems related to a prenuptial agreement or a second marriage.

Individual Services

For individuals, we provide counseling, coaching, and therapy for a variety of concerns. We welcome and work with individuals who are struggling with, among other things:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Anger
    • Sexual disorders
    • Alcohol problems
    • Sex addiction
    • PTSD and trauma
    • Addictive behavior with food, substances, work, or money

Because these problems also affect relationships, we can combine individual and couples therapy if appropriate. We also offer individual relationship counseling for those who want to:

    • Work on their relationship alone if their partner won’t attend
    • Decide whether to leave their relationship or stay and fix it
    • Solve dating problems and find a partner who is a good fit

Family Services

We see parents to help them with their child’s discipline problems, school problems, relationship problems, and emotional health. We see parents and children together to assess and improve relationships among family members, bring emotions into the open, and teach how to resolve conflicts. We see children and adolescents alone to help them with emotional disorders, behavior problems, and life skills.

  • Parenting and discipline
  • Misbehavior, ADHD and anger
  • Substance abuse
  • School, peer, and academic problems
  • Career counseling
  • Parental loss
  • Adjustment to divorce and remarriage

Q: Which counselors are available at each office location?

A: Counselors work in each office location as noted below.

Staff Grid

Q: How long are sessions?

Session lengths vary. Generally, we schedule sessions for

  • 45 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 75 minutes
  • 90 minutes

We also offer half-day and full-day intensives for couples whose schedules make regular visits impossible.

Q: How long does counseling last?

The length of counseling depends on the problems you want to work on, as well as on how hard you work at making changes. In general, counseling lasts no longer than necessary for you to achieve your goals. We use a careful assessment process so we understand your situation early and can focus counseling on your needs. We assign homework so you can continue making progress between sessions.

Q: Who attends couples counseling sessions?

In general, you both attend the first session, so your counselor can learn about your problems from both of your points of view. Early on, the counselor meets with each of you alone for one or two sessions as part of the assessment process. During the course of counseling, you attend sessions together, with some individual sessions mixed in as needed.

Q: What if my partner refuses to attend counseling?

We see individuals with the purpose of helping them improve their relationships. Often, one person in a couple can make substantial changes in the relationship by learning about relationship dynamics, how they may be contributing to the difficulties, and what they can do differently to put the relationship on a solid footing. While there are no guarantees, with time, patience, and effort, one person can turn a relationship around.

Q: Is the fee the same whether one or two people attend?

The fee is based on the length of time, the counselor, and the location, not on the number of people present.

Q: Do you take insurance?

We are out of network providers, so if you send receipts to your insurer you may be reimbursed at the out of network rate. 

For couples counseling, insurance companies generally do not pay for services designed to improve or heal your relationship unless one of you has a mental health or substance use disorder, and the counseling focuses on treatment for that disorder.

We suggest that you call your insurance company and ask how much they would pay for the following services:

  • 90791, Individual diagnostic interview
  • 90834, Individual therapy session
  • 90837, Individual therapy session, extended
  • 90847, Family or marital therapy session
  • 90846, Family or marital therapy session for the other partner or family member

We ask for full payment at each session, and provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurer. For your convenience we accept cash, personal checks, Visa, and Master Card.

Q: What is the intake process?

The first step is to call us or E-mail us for a phone consultation so you can discuss your concerns and get a sense of our counselors. If you have a preference for which counselor you would like to speak with, make a note of that in the Message field of the contact form.

Soon after you contact us, our Administrative Coordinator will be in touch to provide information about our practice and schedule a free consultation with one of our counselors.

Questions/Scheduling: 9am-2pm (M-F)
Appointments: 9am-8pm (7 days)
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Glenn Dale, MD / McLean, VA / Internet

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