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What makes your client experience unique?
With my training as a licensed couple and family therapist, I’m specifically qualified to repair and enrich human
connections. Grounded in a sincere belief in people’s
ability to overcome relationship challenges through effort
and good humor, I guide clients toward an understanding
of the patterns that keep them stuck. Metaphor is one of
my favorite tools for helping people shift their thinking
and change behavior, and my clients benefit from an
approach that is hopeful and practical. Each session is
meaningful and productive; clients leave with positive,
actionable strategies that make a real difference.
What’s a question you are frequently asked and
what's your answer?
Prospective clients often ask, “Our marriage needs help;
are there different types of couples therapy to consider?”
The goal of traditional couples therapy is to get right
down to the hard work of restoring your relationship back
to a healthy state. Session by session, both partners
improve communication and understanding, deepen
intimacy and learn conflict resolution skills. My interven-
tions, tailored to each couples’ relationship and goals, are
based on my professional experience and best practices
for repairing and enriching connections.
Discernment counseling is another option. It can be
compared to a conversation you'd have with a doctor
before a major operation. You discuss, in depth, the risks
and benefits of the surgery—as well as what it might
mean to not operate at all. The goal of discernment is to
decide what it could take to solve your marital problems
and whether both partners sincerely want to try.
I advise people not to underestimate the power and
effectiveness of working with a good therapist. No matter
how you feel at the start—hopeful, anxious, hurt, frustrated, tired, ready for change—counseling helps each
individual and the couple move forward.
6917 Arlington Road, Suite 226
Bethesda, MD 20814
Dr. Emily Cook, LCMFT
EMILY COOK THERAPY, LLC