Does life feel harder than it should?

 
Are your relationships not going the way you would like?

We all run in into problems from time to time.

I can help you if you’re:

  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Having difficulty in your relationships
  • Feeling stuck
  • Having trouble at work
  • Wanting to feel better about yourself
  • Wanting to live life more authentically
  • Grieving

I work with individuals and couples.

In Individual Counseling, we will work together so you can be happier with yourself, about your life and in your relationships.

In Couple Counseling, we will collaboratively work on strengthening your connection. Frequent issues addressed in couple counseling include communication, stress and tension, anger management, substance abuse, parenting, infidelity, and trust.

For more information about Individual Counseling or Couple Counseling, please click on the Therapy Services Tab above.

Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Please contact me so we can discuss your concerns and how I can be of help to you. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation.  Call me at 301-279-7779, email me at [email protected] or use the contact form below.

I look forward to talking with you, getting to know you, and helping to bring out the best in you.

Why choose me as your therapist?

I am an experienced and skilled clinician, invested in continual learning and growth to help my clients.

I am sensitive to feelings and interested in other people.

I am committed to helping my clients unblock their strength and wisdom.

I am driven to helping make the world a better place for all.

I am creative, kind, warm, and open.

I am interested in understanding how you are uniquely you.

I am invested in helping you achieve your goals.

I am not perfect. I know I make mistakes and when I do, I want to understand my impact on you, understand your reaction and talk things through.

I am a believer in therapy. Through my own work in therapy, I feel happier and more confident, calmer and more grounded than ever before.

What you stand to lose
if you don’t consider going to therapy

 

You'll Miss Out on the Long-term Benefits of Therapy

Therapy is not like a hair-cut (as important as hair cuts are) that lasts for six weeks. Not going to therapy could mean that you don’t take control over your life and learn healthy coping strategies that deal with your life’s challenges. Do you want to give up on that opportunity?

Physical Symptoms May Not Go Away or Be Alleviated

The mind-body connection is a strong one. Not going to therapy could mean that you miss out on the opportunity to alleviate some of your physical symptoms. One example is the reduction of arthritic pain using the IFS (Internal Family Systems) model. Google “Psychotherapy Physical Symptoms Reduction” and you’ll see a lot more evidence of how psychotherapy helps reduce physician symptoms. Why miss out on that?

You Might Not Get a New Perspective on Other People

Not going to therapy could mean that you lose out on the opportunity to have better relationships with other people. As we get to know ourselves better, we can get to know other people better, too. And as we get manage our lives better, we can engage with others in a healthier way. Do you really want to lose that chance?

You Could Miss Out on Rewiring Your Brain

Patterns of thinking and behaving can lay a well-worn track in our brain, but luckily, our brains have plasticity, the ability to change and lay new, healthier patterns down. Without therapy, our patterns of ruminating, getting depressed, and/or experiencing anxiety can make deeper and deeper grooves in our brains. Not going to therapy means that you might miss out on the possibility of changing these patterns.

You Won’t Be Part of the Cool Crowd

Going to therapy means you’re confronting your problems, asking for help, and trying to change. Cool people do that. Do you want to miss out on being part of the tribe?

How do you find the right therapist?

Sometimes, because of work, family, death, relationships, or uncomfortable feelings like depression or anxiety, you want to seek out a mental health professional for help. But finding the right therapist can feel overwhelming. How do you find a therapist and how do you know the person is a good therapist for you?

Below I provide some suggestions on how to search for therapists and then, although not a full-proof checklist, I provide some things to consider when choosing one person to work with.

Finding a therapist:

  • Going to therapist isn’t the stigma it used to be. There wouldn’t be so many therapists to choose from if people weren’t going!
    First, ask someone you know for a referral: your friends and family, primary care physician, or another professional like your massage therapist, for examples.
  • Do a Google search and check out some of the therapists’ websites that come up in your results. Here are some ideas of what search terms to use. If you’re needing help with your relationship, google Marriage Counseling and Your Location. Or google Couples Counseling and Your Location. If you’re struggling with depression and want some help, google Depression Treatment and Your Location or Help with Depression and Your Location.

 

Here are some ideas on how to narrow your search to be able to select a therapist to work with:

  • See if the person you are considering has the training that you feel would be important for you to get the help you’re looking for.
  • Call a few therapists on the phone. Get a sense of who you click with. Tell them what is happening in your life that you’re interested in therapy and ask if they have experience working with people going through similar situations. Ask some questions that are important to you. Maybe you want to know if they have evening hours or weekend hours. Maybe you want to know if they take your insurance or if they offer on-line therapy? Often therapists have free ‘initial consultation” for 20 minutes or more. That is something that can help you see if you and your potential therapist are a match.
  • Though a little time consuming and costly, you can always have an initial session with a few therapists to see who is the best fit for you.

I don’t believe there is a best therapist. No therapist is perfect, just like no one is perfect. You want to choose someone who you feel is a good fit for you. Someone with whom you feel comfortable and someone you feel “gets” you. You want their feedback and interventions to be helpful. 

Sometimes, finding a therapist can take some work. But it’s worth it.

What people are saying

Beth is my “go to” person for couples’ therapy.  I feel very confidant sending my clients to her, and have gotten excellent reports back from them. Beth is very skilled and highly attuned to her couples. Anna Maria Francis, Ph.D.

I have collaborated with Beth Levine as a professional colleague over the past 15 years and have always been impressed by Beth Levine’s  level of expertise and competence as well as by the depth of her compassion and caring. I have had the pleasure of witnessing couples I referred to her for treatment resolve problems and difficulties very productively. Consistently, couples have related enormous benefit from working with Beth Levine.  I recommend Beth Levine without reservations. Esther Rosen-Bernays, PhD

Psychologist, Rockville

Beth was my first clinical supervisor when I began learning EFT. She is a keen observer of human behavior, a patient guide and teacher and skilled clinician. She brings a sense of calm and wisdom to the therapeutic process and is also incredibly intuitive. Many years later her words still echo in my head as I sit with my couples and I feel a sense of appreciation for her steady expertise and wisdom. John Wiskind LCSW, MPH

Beth Levine is a skilled clinician with a solid understanding of the EFT model. She is a solid practitioner who is compassionate, attuned and helpful to clients’ needs. From the safety of her compassionate understanding she helps individuals and couples be happier with themselves and in their relationships. Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD,

Certified EFT Trainer

Get in touch.

I'm always happy to hear from people.
If you have any questions, need more information, or would like to make an appointment, you can call me at 301-279-7779, email me at [email protected], or use the form below.

 

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about beth

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Over 15 years of experience

Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist and Supervisor

Member of The Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work

Member of the International Centre
for Excellence in Emotionally
Focused Therapy

Member of Clinical Social
Work Association

Member of National Association
of Social Workers

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Beth Levine, LCSW-C
6236 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852
Phone: 301-279-7779
[email protected]

Hours by appointment only
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Free and ample parking

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