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

  • Clinical Degree:: Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
  • 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

Brian is a seasoned staff therapist whose specialties include cultivating mutual understanding and conflict resolution, navigating intercultural relationships, and inspiring personal development and self-knowledge. His core training focused on cognitive behavioral therapy and included intensives on the Gottman Method of couples therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy (EFT), rebuilding intimacy after an affair, healing from grief and loss, treating military couples through EFT, and prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD. His explorations of the roots of psychotherapy and the practice of mindfulness inform his multi-faceted approach, which leverages varying therapy models based upon each client’s unique situation.

In Brian’s past experience as a crisis counselor, he balanced a caseload of regular appointments with crisis response work requested by the local police. He subsequently provided individual, family, and couples therapy at an outpatient public mental health clinic for two years before joining a Military Treatment Facility, where he worked with couples for nine years and cultivated a deep appreciation for the unique culture that shapes military service members. Brian remains passionate about couples therapy with a special place in his heart for military couples.

Brian is recognized by AAMFT and the State of Maryland as a clinical supervisor. He received his clinical degree in couple and family therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006, and his bachelor’s degree in international studies and Russian from Dickinson College.

In Brian’s Words

“Personal experiences inform who I am as a therapist. 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 or your relationship, please do not hesitate to reach out!”

Emily’s Endorsement

“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.