Owner & Founding Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Individual Therapist, Trauma Therapist, Discernment Counselor // Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Bethesda, MD
- Clinical Degree: Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
- Expertise: Family of Origin and Relationship Trauma; Repairing Couples’ Connection; Restoring Self Leadership and Authentic Truth; Discernment Counseling; Transition to New Parenthood; Infidelity Recovery
- Available: Not accepting new clients, no waitlist
- Discernment Counseling Certified: Yes
- Recent Press: How to fight with your partner(Stylecaster.com, Feb 2020)
About Dr. Emily Cook (she/her/hers)
Dr. Emily Cook is the owner and founding therapist of Emily Cook Therapy, launched in 2014. Known for her warm, proactive, and understanding style, Emily specializes in working with couples and adults looking to make meaningful changes in their lives and relationships. Her focus areas include strengthening relationship connections, healing trauma and family of origin pain, infidelity recovery, discernment counseling, and preparing partners for the transition to parenthood.
Imbued with gentle humor, sensitive suggestions, and attentive listening, Emily’s sessions empower clients to act, think, and feel differently; make sense of their experiences; better understand themselves; and uncover how to break the patterns that hold them back. An avid reader, Emily draws on ideas from modern relationship research and literature, crystallizing concepts with original insights and evidence-informed strategies. In Emily’s 2018 book, The Marriage Counseling Workbook: 8 Steps to a Strong and Lasting Partnership, she shares her best ideas, interventions, and metaphors to help couples pinpoint the cause of their troubles and recreate deep, lasting connections.
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist who received her master’s degree in couple and family therapy and her doctoral degree in family science from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has provided individual therapy, couple therapy, and family therapy since 2008 and has worked in private practice in Bethesda, MD, since 2010. Emily trained with the Center for Deployment Psychology in couple and family therapy techniques for issues related to military service and the Doherty Relationship Institute in Discernment Counseling for couples on the brink of divorce or separation. She is Prepare/Enrich certified, a program of relationship assessment and enhancement for premarital and committed couples. She practices within an evidence-informed, trauma-sensitive, and client-centered therapy framework.
Emily was the founding President of Metro Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc., an organization serving marriage and family therapists across the Washington Metropolitan area, and she provides clinical supervision to marriage and family therapists as an AAMFT/Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists Approved Supervisor. Emily is also a dedicated volunteer advisor to the Allay Foundation, a local organization whose mission is to provide access to mental health care to mothers in financial need – women who are pregnant or have a child under 12-months-old.
In 2018, Emily’s first relationship therapy book was published by Althea Press. Discover her helpful workbook for couples here.
Emily grew up in Montgomery County and lives in Kensington with her family. She is fully vaccinated and boosted as a healthcare worker against the novel coronavirus.
In Emily’s Words
“I have experienced the power of therapy to transform how people think, feel, and behave. And there have been times in my life when I reached out for help, too. I was struggling with my relationship, and I wanted a new perspective on how I kept finding myself repeating old patterns from my past. I emerged from therapy with a renewed sense of my strengths, with insights into how I think and feel, and with new skills to communicate my needs to others.
I know what it’s like to feel lost and vulnerable and to need help finding the map to your life. I know what it’s like to feel as though you’re in the bottom of a hole and don’t know how to get out. I know what it’s like to feel as though you’re banging your head against the wall of your partner’s stubbornness, insensitivity, or distance. I know what it’s like to struggle as a new mom. I, too, have experienced heartbreak, betrayal, loss, and trauma.
But you don’t have to be alone in your pain. I will be with you as you heal it. You are worthy of a life full of joy. You are capable of healthy, mutually satisfying relationships. Everything you need to deepen self-awareness and grow as a person and a partner is already inside of you. I can help. I want to help.”
What Emily’s clients say about working with her
L: “We really appreciate you, Emily. I feel so grateful. It’s hard to talk about these things happening in our marriage, but it’s better to talk about them. I know things are going to get better. Your insights and metaphors are helpful. Your kindness and tenderness are healing. It feels so good for us to be cared for by you.”
K: “Talking with you feels watering a plant inside of me that has been thirsty my whole life.”
S: “I have been thinking about you and reflecting over the last month. It was such a blessing the timing that you came into my life and in many ways, saved me. I am forever grateful. I would not be where I am in this new partnership if it was not for you and your dedication to my growth.”
- PhD, Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park
- MS, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland, College Park
- BA, Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Emory University