Owner & Founding Therapist, Marriage Counselor, Individual Therapist, Family Therapist // Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Bethesda, MD

  • Clinical Degree: University of Maryland, Couple and Family Therapy
  • Expertise: Repairing Couples’ Connection; Discernment Counseling; Transition to New Parenthood; Infidelity Recovery
  • Available: By appointment
  • Prepare/Enrich Certified:: Yes
  • Discernment Counseling Certified: : Yes

About Dr. Emily Cook

“Life is short. We don’t have much time to gladden the hearts of those who walk this way with us. So, be swift to love and make haste to be kind.” ― Henri-Frédéric Amiel 

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 trauma.

But you don’t have to be alone in your pain. You are worthy of a life full of joy. You are capable of healthy, mutually-satisfying relationships. Everything you need to heal, deepen self-awareness, and grow as a person and a partner is already inside of you. I can help. I want to help.

My expertise is working with couples and adult individuals who want to make meaningful changes in their lives and relationships. My style is warm, proactive, and understanding. Clients who seek talk therapy from me benefit from my gentle humor, sensitive suggestions, unique insights, and careful listening. I will help you feel empowered to use what you learn in our sessions to do, think, and feel differently. I will help you make sense of your experiences, better understand who you are, and figure out how to change the patterns that keep you feeling stuck. I’m always reading new books about therapy and relationships and I weave these ideas into our work so that it’s infused with fresh insight and evidence-informed strategies.

In 2018, I published The Marriage Counseling Workbook: 8 Steps to a Strong and Lasting Partnership with Althea Press. It’s full of my best ideas, interventions, and metaphors that help couples pinpoint the cause of their troubles and recreate a deep, lasting connection. The Marriage Counseling Workbook is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I serve as Founding President of Metro Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc., the new organization serving marriage and family therapists in the Maryland/DC Metro area (formerly the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy). I have served on the Board of the Collaborative Project of Maryland, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost Collaborative Divorce services to families in Maryland. I 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. I am a member of the Bethesda, MD Lady Docs, a Washington, DC area group of physicians and doctors committed to wellness and healthy relationships. I also provide clinical supervision to marriage and family therapists as an AAMFT / Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists Approved Supervisor. I have been providing individual therapy, couple therapy, and family therapy since 2008 and have worked in private practice in Bethesda, MD since 2010.

I’m a woman who tries her best every day to listen to the voice of her heart, to teach two small humans how to make kind choices, and to love others genuinely with integrity and earned respect. Want to know a few of my favorite things? Dinner parties, impressionist art, peonies, the ocean, stained glass windows, and twinkle lights. Let’s be genuine with one another, okay?

What Clients Say About Dr. Emily Cook

From Couples
“Emily, we want to thank you so much for your help! For guiding us on a journey to a better, healthier, and more loving relationship. We know it will be a lifelong process but you’ve equipped us with the knowledge and tools to make it work. Thank you for your professionalism, patience, sense of humor, and gentle ways.”

“You helped us through the difficult analysis of our situation and built our confidence in preparation for change. I feel we’ve both changed for the better and thanks to your guidance, we’re both happier.”

From Individuals
“I have been in therapy before, but never have I ended feeling so accomplished and fulfilled. I am very grateful for the time with Emily, it truly made a huge difference in my life.”

“Talking about how I get myself stuck in relationships that don’t fulfill me was tough–but Emily helped me see that I could ask for what I needed and supported me when it was hard. I’m grateful for the metaphors we came up with too–they’re powerful and I’ll always remember them!”

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  • PhD, Family Science, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MS, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA, Psychology, Highest Honors, Emory University
Maryland Marriage and Family Therapy License #LCM496, licensed since 2010