Clinical Degree: University of Maryland, Couple and Family Therapy
Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes
Available: Lindsey sees clients in both the Bethesda MD and Sterling VA offices. Bethesda office hours are Sunday (daytime), Monday (day and evening), and Thursday (evening); Sterling office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. Daytime appointments in Sterling may be available upon request.
Fees: $180/50-min. session; $270/90-min session
Clinical Special Interests: Medical Family Therapy; Genetic Issues; Infertility; Communication Issues; Infidelity; Divorce & Separation; Dating and Relationship Development
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone 240-752-7650 ext. 2
I’m proud that my broad training has prepared me to work with any client who comes to me committed to working toward healing. I am deeply passionate about working with couples of all types. Many of my clients are committed couples struggling with tough times in their relationships. Issues faced include infidelity, loss of passion, breakdown in communication, parenting disagreements, and many others. I also work with many dating and engaged couples who wish to figure out ways to strengthen their relationships, or are deciding about whether to stay together and solidify their commitment. I enjoy doing family therapy, especially with families of adolescents and young adults. Issues addressed may include family communication, identifying and utilizing appropriate boundaries in parent-child relationships, behavioral concerns, school performance, etc. Thanks to my training in Medical Family Therapy, I’m also drawn to working with individuals, couples and families facing medical and genetic challenges. I’ve worked extensively with women in hereditary breast/ovarian cancer families and with BRCA mutations. My training as a clinician and researcher at the National Cancer Institute, investigating relationship and behavioral issues in individuals, couples, and families dealing with hereditary cancer syndromes, has enabled me to deeply understand how individuals, couples, and families cope with genetic susceptibility to serious disease and illness. Many clients come to me when hereditary disease risk poses challenges in decision-making about starting a family, or for help with navigating the complicated process of communicating with other family members about genetic risk. Health issues I have worked with include BRCA (breast and ovarian cancer), Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Huntington’s Disease, Colon Cancer, Familial Testicular Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, and Tay-Sachs. In addition to my credentials listed on the homepage and maintaining this practice, I’ve worked with individuals, couples, and families in multiple contexts including:
- the Hatfield Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health;
- the University of Maryland’s Center for Healthy Families;
- the Greenbelt CARES family therapy clinic; and
- Second Genesis drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.
I’ve been honored to speak to local and national audiences about emotionally and physically abusive relationships, coping with depression and anxiety, living with hereditary disease risk, and collaborative care in treating individuals and families with hereditary cancer syndromes. I’ve published peer-reviewed articles in a number of scholarly journals. And, because I enjoy educating young therapists (and find it a great way to keep my own work fresh!), I’ve taught both clinical and non-clinical classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland and at Marymount University. I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT). In addition, I am the President of the Middle Atlantic Division of AAMFT and have served on that board since 2008. I also hold professional memberships in the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) and National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). My professional experience also includes an 8-year stint in the Clinical Genetics Branch at the National Cancer Institute, where I conducted psychosocial and behavioral research in cancer genetics and work with individuals, couples, and families at increased hereditary risk of cancer.
I take every client seriously; but that doesn’t mean that I’m serious with every client. My work has required me to help people through incredibly painful situations, and throughout them I’ve tried to inject warm, empathic humor when possible and appropriate. Kindness and a light heart are healing. I do my best to bring that ideal to all sessions. When not working I like to recharge by exercising, traveling, reading, crafting, and spending time with my wonderful friends and family. I am married and have a daughter, Claire, and a son, Henry.