One of the tools counselors at Emily Cook Therapy often use during therapy sessions is metaphor. Metaphors are powerful because they help us see the situation from a new perspective, and they give us creativity with language as we try to describe and understand complex feelings. In The Marriage Counseling Workbook, Dr. Emily Cook offers a metaphor of the medicine cabinet:

Counseling Services in Bethesda, MD

Think of a medicine cabinet that is full of different options — some that maintain health like vitamins, some that alleviate discomfort like pain relievers, and some that address serious infection like antibiotics. For some people, therapy works like a vitamin. Something you take regularly and is part of maintaining a healthy and vibrant life. For others, therapy is something they reach for after acute pain. Seeking therapy during times of distress offers soothing relief from painful relationship dynamics, distressing circumstances, and difficult life transitions. When therapy functions as an antibiotic, it becomes a critical part of healing problems that are significantly impacting the quality of your life and relationships. Whether you’re reaching for vitamins, pain relievers, or antibiotics, you can be confident that the therapists at Emily Cook Therapy have what you need to restore health, vitality, and hope.

Our experienced therapists offer counseling services for couples, families, adult individuals, adolescents, and children in our downtown Bethesda, MD office. In some cases, electronic therapy via telephone or video-conference may be available. Please read more about the types of counseling services we offer and then contact us for a free telephone consultation.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is hard work because relationships are hard work! You deserve to work with a couples therapist who has the background, training, values, and experience to heal your relationship. Our couples therapists are “marriage friendly” — this means that we are trained to help you restore your relationship connection to a place of health and joy, if that is possible. Your relationship is worth saving. We can help you have the difficult conversations needed to heal emotional injuries. We can help you learn communication skills needed to ask for change in a way that your partner can hear. We can help you redesign your future together as passionate, connected, and peaceful. Read more about couples therapy in Bethesda, MD.

Our practice also offers discernment counseling for couples on the brink of divorce. Read more about discernment counseling in Bethesda, MD.

Our practice provides two types of premarital counseling to fit your budget and schedule. Read more about premarital counseling for engaged couples in Bethesda, MD.

Our practice believes in preventative relationship care. Read more about therapy for newlyweds in Bethesda, MD.

Individual Therapy

No matter what is going on for you right now, we believe that talking about it with an individual therapist can help. Sharing your experiences with an experienced individual therapist enables you to gain insights about patterns, set goals for making positive changes, and feel supported as you deepen understanding about yourself and connections with others. As Cheri Huber wrote, that which you are seeking is causing you to seek. Our individual therapists believe that the happy feelings you are seeking already exist within you. We can help you reconnect to the person you want to be. Read more about individual therapy in Bethesda, MD.

Our practice specializes in individual counseling for relationship stress, anxiety, depression, work-life balance, grief and loss, and self-esteem and self-worth. Read more about therapy for individuals in Bethesda, MD.

Family Therapy

Whether you’re searching for help communicating with your teens, needing help reestablishing strong family relationships, or adjusting to the birth or adoption of a new baby, family therapy can help restore peace in your household. Our family therapists are trained to help parents and adolescents navigate issues at home and at school, including communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving. A happy, healthy home environment is possible. Read more about family therapy in Bethesda, MD. Read more about therapy for pregnant and new parents in Bethesda, MD.

Therapy in Bethesda, MDOur practice also offers counseling for parents struggling with work-life balance. Read more about how we can help you manage career and family through counseling in Bethesda, MD.

Play Therapy

It is never too early or too late to seek help for problems your family is facing. Even as young as 3 years old, play therapy can provide a safe and comfortable space for your child to heal and achieve their full potential. From behavioral problems, to family conflict, to trauma, our expert play therapist is dedicated to providing you and your child with healthy and fun opportunities to grow together. Read more about play therapy in Bethesda, MD.

Read more about how to get started with counseling in Bethesda, MD. Or give us a call, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.