Staff Therapist, Couple Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Individual Counselor // Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Bethesda, MD

  • Clinical Degree:: University of Maryland, Couple and Family Therapy
  • Expertise:: Cultivating Resolution / Mutual Understanding; Military Couples; Intercultural Relationships; Self-knowledge & Development
  • Available:: Tuesday daytime and evening, Wednesday daytime and evening, Thursday daytime and evening
  • Prepare/Enrich Certified:: No
  • Discernment Counseling Certified:: No

About Brian Livelsberger

Clinical Training

I completed my clinical degree in 2006 at the top-three ranked Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Maryland. I continued my training in marriage and family therapy, and a few years later became recognized by AAMFT and the State of Maryland as a clinical supervisor. My core training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the various models of Family Therapy is a foundation I continue to build upon with additional exploration. Following is a selection of intensive trainings that I have completed.

  • Gottman Method Couple Therapy, Level 1
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
  • Rebuilding Intimacy After an Affair
  • Healing Grief and Loss
  • Treating Military Couples with EFT
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Additional interests I am exploring are the psychodynamic roots of psychotherapy, and the practice of Mindfulness. I find that each therapy model brings unique and valuable perspective, which I strive to weave together in ways that are optimally suited to each client’s situation.

Marriage and Family Therapy Experience

After completing my clinical degree, my first job was as a Crisis Counselor. In that role I carried a caseload of regular appointments while also responding to crisis events at the request of local police. After that I provided individual, family, and couple therapy at an outpatient public mental health clinic for two years before joining a Military Treatment Facility and specializing in working with couples. The Marriage and Family program there was eventually discontinued and I left after nine years, having developed a deep appreciation for the unique culture that military service members are embedded in. Working with couples remains my passion, and I continue to have a special place in my heart for military couples.

Personal Experience

Personal experiences inform who I am as a therapist as well. My upbringing didn’t follow many of the norms of mainstream American culture, often prompting curious questions from others. Trying to answer taught me to put my experiences into words, and the benefit of the understanding that this brings. Perhaps a bit unusual for a therapist, I’ve been both a long-haul truck driver and a Peace Corps Volunteer, both experiences that taught me how radically different “normal” can look from person to person and from culture to culture.

In truth, there are far more experiences that have formed me – both personal and professional – than I could ever put into words here. If there are any questions you would like to ask as you consider whether I may be a good fit for you / your relationship, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Favorite Blog posts by Brian Livelsberger:

The Financial Cost of Couple Therapy – my case for 80 minute appointments

Brian Livelsberger is available for therapy appointments in Bethesda, MD Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 AM until 8 PM.

Endorsement by Practice Owner, Dr. Emily Cook

I’ve known Brian since I was a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. He was my “live” clinical supervisor, which meant he provided guidance in real-time during live sessions behind a one-way mirror. I consider his unique and supportive way of helping me help my clients to be one of the most foundational parts of my clinical training. And as a therapist, Brian is dynamite. Don’t be fooled by his calm and easy demeanor — Brian’s skills of deepening insight, articulating meaning-making, and healing disconnection are powerful and truly transformative. His toolbox of interventions is vast and built from over a decade of clinical experience. He builds trust with clients naturally by meeting them where they are, non-judgmentally and with curiosity, and his questions are evocative in the most helpful way. People leave session feeling deeply supported in their struggles. Even the most distant and conflicted couples report increased closeness after only a few sessions with Brian. I have always looked up to him as an example of a kind, effective, and purposeful therapist that I strive to be. I’m still pinching myself that he has joined my therapist team! Every therapist at the practice is honored to work with him and call him our colleague.


  • MS, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland College Park
  • BA, International Studies and Russian, Dickinson College
Maryland Marriage and Family Therapy License #LCM356, licensed since 2006

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Brian Livelsberger, MS, LCMFT is an independent contractor of Emily Cook Therapy, LLC and not an employee.