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Our Washington, DC therapists are solution-focused, offering individual therapy, couple therapy & marriage counseling.

At our DC therapy office, licensed therapists help people find healthy ways to understand and resolve life issues. We offer therapy services in person or through online counseling for your convenience. Whether through individual therapy, marriage counseling or couples therapy, our professional therapist can help you figure out how to move forward and make healthier life choices. Individuals often struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression or find themselves in a perpetual cycle of re-experiencing painful life situations. Wanting to understand our experience and learn healthy life strategies is a pursuit worthy of exploration in therapy. With a professional outside point of view, clients often discover the inner resources and develop strategies that can make the difference in their lives. We have a very effective coaching style to couples counseling that is hands-on and interactive. Through this solution-focused format we can help couples reduce harmful behavior and begin to treat each other with respect and love. With the help of a therapist, couples can begin to stop harming each other, develop a better understanding of their issues and develop the skills and tools necessary to find happiness. If you are looking for a down-to-earth DC therapist who integrates interactive exchange, direct feedback, and goal-focused therapy, you’ve come to the right place.
christine-therapistChristine Greer O’Connor, Ph.D. & LICSW
Christine’s counseling practice and doctoral research are dedicated to helping clients cope with life transitions. People often report increased conflict, miscommunication, and decreased intimacy during times of transition. Christine has worked with many clients to help resolve conflict and improve understanding and intimacy during challenging times. Having lived in Spain and Costa Rica and traveled extensively in five continents, Christine is fluent in Spanish, and she has expertise working with international clients. She has a successful multicultural private practice and welcomes all lifestyles. Christine received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Haverford College and a master of science in social work from Columbia University, and she received postgraduate clinical training from the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has a Ph.D. in clinical social work from New York University and has presented her doctoral research at numerous national conferences and in research journals. Christine is licensed in the District of Columbia, New York, and South Carolina. She excels in marriage counseling, couples therapy or solution-focused therapy with individuals.

Katie Shepherd, LICSW

I am a social worker who is passionate about helping people actualize the relationships they want. I am a trauma-informed therapist, and my background in domestic violence and sexual assault has been instrumental in understanding how good relationship boundaries are imperative in creating and maintaining satisfying relationships. I am passionate about working with nontraditional relationship configurations. Deciding to start relationship therapy can be a scary step for people, and it’s important to me to provide an understanding and safe space where all relationships can explore and be free of judgment.

In my approach to counselling, I come from a place of believing that our relationships can be the source of the greatest joy and meaning life has to offer. When our relationships are functioning in a healthy way, it can have a tremendous impact on our satisfaction with all the areas of our lives. When I work with couples and relationships, I seek to address the needs of both the individuals in the relationship as well as the relationship itself. I like to focus on people’s strengths, and use those as a starting point to find creative solutions to whatever the issue may be. This can look like finding new and better ways to communicate or cope, finding new paths to mutual understanding, or learning to make differences work for you where they may not have in the past. So often in relationship work, it can feel like it’s about what is going wrong or not working, and I enjoy working with people to inject hope and positivity in exploring all the possibilities.

While my experience and background inform my practice, I believe that my clients are their own greatest source of strength and information on how create positive change in their lives. I need to understand who you are as a whole person, as well as in the context of your relationships, to begin to understand where there is potential for change and optimization. I take my role seriously, and am honored to help my clients in getting through some of the most difficult experiences we as human beings can go through, and come out stronger and healthier on the other side.

Individual Therapy – $155 per session Couples Counseling – $185 per session Office Photos Insurance Questions



Washington DC Couples Therapy
(Video transcript)
Hello, welcome to Washington D.C.’s Relationship Counseling Center. My name is Sevin Phillips and I’m the founder. We specialize in relationships.

As many of us know, it’s one of the most vital things in our life when we have really healthy, happy relationships. We really enjoy our lives. It brings us a lot of joy. When things break down in our significant relationships, it can cause a lot of pain. We’re here to help you.In couple’s counseling, we help you create an environment where there’s no judgment and no blame. And in this safe place, you can figure out what’s really going on in your relationship. When you have that kind of clarity with the help of your independent third-party therapist, we can help you figure out new choices – healthy choices – for you to make in your relationship that are going to make the difference.All of our therapists follow certain principles. We’re very interactive. We give direct feedback. That no-nonsense approach is very satisfying and helpful for many people. We also offer a lot of communication skills for you to use at home.

We have a goal-directed focus, which keeps everybody on point. Every session, you’re following the goals that you created with your therapist. When you achieve those goals and feeling happy in your relationship, you end therapy. In this way, we’re very short-term therapists in the sense that we have a specific goal and it guides us to the end, and then we part ways. The goal of therapy is not to be in therapy. It’s to have a happy life.

A lot of our therapists are also experienced enough and have been on Earth enough to have a lot of life experience, which is helpful for you to know. Not only are we trained and good at our jobs, but we have the kind of experience in our lives to back it up.

Usually what happens is when you call me, we’ll talk on the phone. I’ll answer some of your basic questions, and if everything feels good, I’ll have the therapist call you very soon and have a brief conversation with your therapist. It’s good to get to know them a little bit on the phone. You’ll tell them a little bit about why you’re coming in, and they’ll tell you all the times they have available, hopefully getting in as soon as possible.

You may have out-of-network coverage or flex spending through work, which can be very helpful. If you do, we can assist you with an invoice to get reimbursed for hopefully some of the therapy you’re doing.

When you do therapy, sometimes you go for maybe six to eight weeks. I say that because that’s an average. If you’re new to this, you may not have any expectations and not know what to do or what to expect, but six to eight weeks is a normal amount of time. You come in every week for one therapy hour. This is a 50-minute amount of time. You’re in and out within an hour. It’s a good enough amount of time to get the tools that you need to do the work at home and make the good changes in your life.

On the website, I have great videos and articles. I offer these to you free of charge. It can be very helpful to get some really good information and start applying some of those tools and practices right now in your relationship. Some of it might inspire you to come in and work with one of our therapists to hopefully get the help that you need. If you have any questions, do call me. I’d love to help you out. Thank you.

It is important to note that everyone runs into challenges, from time-to-time. It is normal to need extra support when you feel overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and/or confused. Our DC therapists have years of experience helping clients address issues and develop “workable” solutions. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, whereby you share your thoughts and feelings and we listen, explore, ask questions and offer valuable feedback in a safe and trusting environment. The therapeutic process can be a profound learning experience for clients, who need a little extra help resolving their issues. We teach empowerment and self-awareness through a solution-focused therapy approach. Our DC therapy offices have licensed professionals, who have not only helped numerous people acquire clarity in their lives, but also helped them create a road-map that leads them to health, happiness, peace and success.

DC Individual Therapy (Video Transcripts)
I’m here to give you some information that is going to help you make a decision if we are the right therapist for you. I also want to tell you a little bit about how we work with clients and what you can expect from working with somebody at our center. I’m also going to help you with some basic information that I think everyone should know, including how to pay for therapy.

Now, first of all, every human being from time to time in their life runs into roadblocks and needs support or help. I think it’s very important that you understand that it’s okay to ask for it. People come in sometimes and it’s a very scary experience; you’re meeting somebody you’ve never met before and maybe you’ve never done this before. I want you to feel really comfortable about the decision, and also the person that you’re going to be seeing.So, to give you some ideas on how we work with our DC therapy clients, people will come in and we’ll typically do a lot of listening and a lot of question asking. We want to know your thoughts, your feelings, your ideas about what’s going on in your life. With a deeper understanding of getting to know you, which happens slowly over time, we’re going to know who you are and what it is you want out of your life. Then we’re going to be able to access a really deep set of skillsets that we have to give you and help you create a roadmap that will help you move forward in your life in a very healthy way. It’s a collaborative process so we really, with your help, try to find the right skills and tools necessary.

Our DC therapists are solution-focused therapists, so, you know, other than understanding you deeply and getting to know you, we’re active participants and we really look for the right kinds of solutions that you’re going to need in your life.

Sometimes people come into therapy and they want to know how to pay for it, and you may have what’s called out-of-network psychotherapy insurance, and if you have that, you can verify it with your insurance company and we may be able to give you an invoice to help pay for it. You could have some sort of health benefit through your company that pays for therapy as well, and you can check with human resource in your company to see if you have something like that.

A good first step would be to check out our videos and articles on our DC therapy website. We have a wealth of information. It’s a great way to get to know the kinds of therapists we are, the kinds of advice we give in helping you make a decision. Of course, the best decision is reaching out to us on the phone. Without any commitment that you have to give us, we can talk to you on the phone and get to know who you are a little bit. You can tell us a little bit about what’s going on in your life and you can get to know the personality of the therapist that you would be seeing who’s closest to your work or home. It’s a great first step to feeling more comfortable about taking a big step and reaching out for help.

I hope this video was helpful. Thank

When you think of the word Washington DC, I bet you automatically think of politics – the President of the United States, congress (the senate and the house), the Pentagon, the White House, the Twin Towers, and/or a multitude of museums and monuments, but what you probably don’t realize is that is also a wonderful place to renew the love you and your significant other have for each other. In other words, it is a good place to reconnect with one another. We all know how much work is involved with making a relationship work – not only work, but thrive. Yeah, it’s a lot! But, sometimes all it takes to revive a dying relationship or repair a broken one is to think outside-of-the-box. In other words, sometimes all that is needed is to try something new and/or get out of your comfort zone. How? Well, you are in luck, because this article is going to provide you with some awesome suggestions on where to go to make your relationship pop again.

Listed below are some fantastic ways to rekindle the spark in your relationship, while in Washington DC:

Tidal Basin

Have you thought about taking a romantic trip to the Tidal Basin?
The Tidal Basin? Yes! The Tidal Basin is an excellent way to relight the fire that you once felt for each other. How can it help with your relationship? Well, the Tidal Basin is a peaceful place, directly across from some of the most famous memorials (Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, and Franklin Roosevelt) and it provides it visitors with a path to stroll, talk, and hold hands. And, if you really want to spice things up, you can rent a paddle boat, and imagine that you and your sweetheart are on a gondola in Italy. So, whether you are taking a leisurely stroll along the basin, or peddling foot-to-foot on a paddleboat, it is the perfect opportunity to spend time together, while discussing your hopes, dreams, wants, needs, fears, and concerns.

Washington Harbour:

What is another way to revitalize your relationship? Well, by taking a sunrise or sunset stroll along the Washington Harbour. What better way to improve communication, reduce stress, and remember what you once loved about each other than sipping on a cup of piping hot coffee or tea, while “people watching” and/or munching on pastries from the Farmers Fishers Bakers. Once you have finished enjoying the scenery and snacking on the delectable goodies, get some exercise by walking hand-and-hand along the beautiful Potomac River waterfront. What better way to spark happy, peaceful feelings then spending the day watching the water glisten in the sunlight. However, if you want a little more excitement, lace up a pair of skates and spin around the Washington Harbour Ice Rink. This is the best way to get close to one another, and pick each other up when you fall. This is also a good way to practice supporting each other, when one of you is down. So, grab your honey’s hand and take a spin or two around the ice rink.

C&O Canal

So, what are some other healthy activities that me and my significant other can do together to help us reconnect? Well, the C&O Canal is a good place to start. Where is that? It is in Georgetown, and it is a unique, charming, one-of-a-king type of place, where you can take your sweetheart or your date. What kind of things can you do there? Well, you can walk hand-and-hand with that special person, or you can jump on bike and peddle around the canal – the choice is yours! And, one of the best things about the C&O Canal, besides being adorably charming, is that Baked & Wired (think yummy sweet treats) is nearby, and if you want some action, there is always a game of bocce (think bowling, skee-ball, and shuffleboard mixed together) at Pinstripes. And, FYI, people tend to be the happiest and most receptive when they have a little sweet stuff in their systems.

DC Coast

I bet you are getting hungry just looking at my previous suggestions, well, you are in luck because I also have a restaurant choice that will bring you closer together in no time at all. What is it, you ask? Well, it is an incredible restaurant called DC Coast. So, what is DC Coast about? Well, it is a secluded restaurant located between 14th and K Street, and it is especially ideal for cuddly couples. Re-spark the flame by sitting close to your honey and sharing a four-course meal that includes an aphrodisiac like Chesapeake oysters, tantalizing smoked lobster, and an out-of-this-world chocolate soufflé. Add a couple glasses of wine, and the mood will be set for a relaxing, romantic dinner – just for the two of you!

References:

Washington, DC. (2015). 28 Romantic spots in DC. Retrieved from http://washington.org/DC-photo-tour/28-romantic-spots-dc#

Wikipedia. (2015). Washington, D.C. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C.

Counseling Specialties

  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy
  • Relationship and Intimacy Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sexual and Emotional Disconnect
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Fighting and Defensiveness
  • LGBTQ Adults
  • Life & Career Transition
  • Life & Career Transition

Washington DC Therapist Locations

Relationship Counseling Center
1200 G St NW #800
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 618-5258

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User Reviews

dave

So, I’ve had what I’ll call “classic” issues with therapy. Until about 18 months ago, I thought that I could just deal with whatever I needed to, without help. Yeah. Then, I had a couple of unsuccessful starts with a couple of other therapists; One who really sucked, and one whose style was more along

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Trying to find good couples counseling can be a daunting task.  Our relationship is important to us so we don’t just want your average run of the mill therapist.  I stumbled onto the Relationship Counseling Center website and found a large selection of videos about relationships issues, many where spot on for our relationship.  I

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