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Cara L. Nazareth, MS, LCMFT

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Clinical Degree: Northwestern U., Couple and Family Therapy

Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes

Wedding Officiant: Yes

Available: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings

Fees: $160/50-min. session; $240/90-min session

Clinical Special Interests: Substance Abuse; LGBTQ Issues; Intercultural Relationships; Immigration Issues; Cultural Identity Issues

Contact: Email; Phone 240-752-7650 ext. 4




My Background

I am proud to have completed my graduate and clinical training at the Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. While at the clinic, I worked with couples, families, and individuals to address a wide range of concerns, including interpersonal conflict and intimacy, infidelity, and childhood loss, among others. In addition, I trained with the Community Outreach Program and provided home-based therapy to adolescents and their families. I had the privilege of collaborating with school social workers and teachers to address the needs of the whole child. Since then, I have been employed at a local non-profit agency, where I help individuals who are struggling with chronic mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders live meaningful lives in the community.

In addition to my work in the therapy room, I am passionate about promoting the field of couple and family therapy and finding ways to best serve the clients who seek our services. I am a Pre-Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I am also the Maryland Chapter Chair of the Middle Atlantic Division of AAMFT.


My clinical experience has provided me with the skills necessary to help couples, families, and individuals coping with a variety of concerns. As a couples therapist, I work with couples who are trying to repair and strengthen their relationships. I am dedicated to working with all couples, whether they are just starting to build their life together or have been together for decades! Some of my clinical interests include:

  • Improving communication
  • Transitioning to parenthood
  • Infertility
  • LGBT identity and relationships
  • Healing after an affair

As a family therapist, I have worked with families dealing with the highs and lows of family life. I have a passion for helping family members understand one another and have more positive interactions. Some of my clinical interests include:

  • Separation/divorce
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Blended families
  • Family conflict
  • Adoption/multi-cultural families

In addition, I have significant experience working with individuals and helping them cope with various concerns, including difficult life transitions, depression, stress, anxiety, gender identity, and relationship problems.

About Me

I consider myself a warm, collaborative therapist who takes the time to understand who you are and what you want out of your life and relationships. I tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of every client, and I believe there are many ways to heal and grow. I enjoy helping my clients identify the patterns that keep them stuck and find new, healthy ways of relating to self and others. Outside the therapy room, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family, trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors, and practicing yoga.


Check out Cara’s blog posts below:

Bipartisan Marriage? Tips for Leaving the Fighting to the Politicians :: 8 Things your Premarital Therapist Wants You to Know :: Too Much of a Good Thing :: Emotional Labor and its Cost to Intimate Relationships :: The Dos and Don’ts of Planning and Intercultural Wedding :: Is Mind-Reading Helping or Hurting Your Relationship? :: A Word on Gratitude :: How to Manage Fear and Anxiety :: How to Maintain a Healthy Relationship while Planning a Wedding :: What’s “Fair” When it comes to Chores? :: How to Stop the Negative Cycle :: How to Create and Sustain Change :: 9 Questions to Increase Intimacy :: How to Stay Connected when Geography Keeps You Apart :: Relationship Stalemate: When You’re at an Impasse :: Tips for a Good Apology :: Managing the Worries that come with Getting Engaged :: Celebrating the Holidays while Coping with Loss

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