We are here to unearth joy, balance, and growth in your relationships and in your life.


Every connection with our Bethesda therapy practice begins with a conversation. We make time to get to know you, walk you through our philosophy and process, and identify the right therapist for your needs. Serving individuals, couples, families, and children, our capable team of relationship experts guides you with practical strategies and new perspectives on interpreting challenges—preparing you to heal emotional wounds and make meaningful changes to meet your future with confidence.

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COVID-19 Update: Emily Cook Therapy is open for both virtual and in-person appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. We take very seriously the safety of our clients, therapists, and community — and we believe in the value of counseling across formats. Contact us today to learn more about how we are available to help you as soon as possible, in the format that suits your comfort and safety.

Support for what you are seeking.


Emily Cook Therapy was founded on the belief that the success of your time in therapy is grounded in embracing vulnerability and deeper dialogues. Whether you’re looking to relieve sadness or anxiety, repair a relationship, build your sense of self, or find qualified support for your family or child, the therapists at Emily Cook Therapy are ready to help. We’re here to take good care of you and the relationships that matter most.

We invite you to learn more about our experienced therapists and high-quality counseling services. Our team of licensed marriage and family therapists offers services and support for what you are seeking:

Personal growth through Individual Therapy

The unhelpful voices in our heads usually tell us we should face our problems alone — but at Emily Cook Therapy, we believe every person deserves a safe and supportive space to heal, grow, and change. We listen with open hearts, we challenge with gentleness, and we hold space for you to emerge as an authentic and whole Self.

Connection and repair in Couples Therapy

Gracious, partnership can be hard. No matter the issues bringing you and your partner to seek help, the relationship experts at Emily Cook Therapy are uniquely trained to help you find your way back to connection and ease. We’ll focus on both the content of your conflicts as well as the interpersonal dynamics between you to holistically address the challenges in your relationship and motivate positive change — as a person and as a partner.

Household harmony with Family Therapy

Whether you’re seeking support in relationship with your own children, your siblings, or as an adult child of aging parents, family therapy supports all members of the family system to restore harmony and respect. As licensed marriage and family therapists we are specifically trained to work with family systems and nurture the complex and myriad relationships within.

Child empowerment to build skills through Play Therapy

In Child Therapy, children play with the problem to explore solutions without the real world consequences. Our child therapy experts help children and parents build healthy attachment bonds through interventions of nurture, challenge, structure, and engagement.

Clarity about a relationship future with Discernment Counseling

Discernment Counseling is a new way for couples to make a wise decision about the future of a relationship. The goals are clarity and confidence, based on a deeper understanding of what has happened and each person’s contributions to the problems. The outcomes are framed in terms of three paths: stay together as is, move towards separation or divorce, or decide to do full-on couples therapy for six months to see if the relationship can heal with a clear agenda for change. Our Discernment Counseling experts are trained to handle the deep complexity of working with couples on the brink, including current affairs, being “out of love,” and couples flip flopping between leaning in and leaning out.

Shared marriage vision in Premarital Counseling

Congratulations on your decision to partner and hurrah for valuing the health of your partnership amidst the wedding celebration planning! Our premarital counselors offer two types of premarital counseling, which both are designed to be helpful, strengths-based, and fun. Whether or not there are specific topics you know you’d like to address, premarital counseling definitely helps make sure you have the tools and skills needed for a healthy and joyful life together.

Therapy from Emily Cook

A place to start.


Seeking therapy can feel daunting and overwhelming — at Emily Cook Therapy, it’s important to us that you feel well taken care of along every step of getting started. Here are a few ways you can learn more about what to expect from our team:

Read practical advice authored by our team, scope out our recommended reading list as a foundation for growth, and find answers to commonly asked questions about getting started in therapy.

Explore our resources.

Dr. Emily Cook wrote the workbook for relationships.


Explore your relationship to your partner through a new lens with The Marriage Counseling Workbook: 8 Steps to a Strong and Lasting Relationship, a practical guide complete with real-life examples and exercises for improving communication and deepening connections.

Learn more about the acclaimed workbook that’s for all committed couples.

Emily Cook's Marriage Book
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