Individual Counselor, Couple Counselor, Premarital Counselor, Family Counselor, Teen Therapist // Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Bethesda, MD
- Clinical Degree: Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
- Expertise: Self-esteem/Self-worth, Relationship Skill Building, Trauma, Family-of-Origin Influences
- Available: Monday afternoon/evening; Tuesday morning/afternoon, Wednesday afternoon/evening; Thursday morning/afternoon; Sunday morning/afternoon
- Prepare/Enrich Certified: Yes
- Play Therapy Certification: Theraplay, Level 1
About Kaitlin Doyle
Kaitlin brings intuition and warmth to her role as an individual, couples, and family therapist at Emily Cook Therapy, where she provides counseling in both English and Spanish. Specialized in relationship skill-building, she sees dating, engaged, newlywed, and long-married couples, helping clients at every stage of relationship establish effective communication and conflict resolution skills that enhance and repair connection and intimacy. She draws on a strengths-based approach with premarital couples, helping partners get on the same page about important topics and learn skills to sustain their marriage, and collaborates with couples in distress to uncover unhelpful relationship dynamics and focus on building a secure connection.
Kaitlin works with families to foster positive communication and infuse joy into the family system, identifying family dynamics that are causing dysfunction and ensuring every member of the family feels heard and appreciated. Her years of experience working as a school-based mental health therapist allow her to assist families in navigating the school system. In families with younger children experiencing behavior problems, anxiety, or trauma, she uses Theraplay-based interventions in order to strengthen family attachment.
Kaitlin received her master’s degree in couple and family therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016, where her thesis focused on the effects of childhood trauma on new mothers’ self-perceptions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Hispanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Prepare/Enrich-certified counselor, completed Theraplay Level One training, and holds multiple certifications in providing trauma-informed care.
In Kaitlin’s Words
“Many people seek therapy because they feel ‘stuck.’ This sense of ‘stuckness’ may be present with your partner or family members, or may pervade your everyday life. This ‘stuckness’ can have many origins, including childhood experiences, poor partner communication, mental health diagnoses (e.g. depression or anxiety), or family dynamics. Whatever the cause may be, together we can work to help you move forward feeling positive and fulfilled.
My style of therapy is open, warm, and empathetic. I strive to build relationships with my clients by listening carefully to their unique perspectives and concerns. I also believe that just as every client has unique challenges, they also possess unique strengths. My passion is helping clients gain deeper understanding of the pattern of these challenges and building upon their strengths to overcome them. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family systems models, and trauma-informed practices.
When working with individuals, I still keep my marriage and family training in mind. I enjoy helping individuals understand connections from their family of origin to their current challenges. Together, we can find ways to move differently in any system you are involved in, whether it’s your intimate relationships, family, work, or other communities. I also enjoy teaching individuals to use mindfulness and other skills in order to overcome the pain of stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.”
“Kaitlin is a skilled marriage and family therapist and a wonderful addition to Emily Cook Therapy’s team. She focuses her work on meaningful connections—those that she makes with her clients, and those that she helps couples and families create among one another. Kaitlin’s therapeutic style matches her personality: she is warm and deeply empathic, and she has a way of keeping even the most difficult conversations light-hearted. She is naturally insightful and, like me, enjoys using illustrative metaphors to help her clients understand and relate differently to their challenges and successes. Clients truly benefit from working with Kaitlin.”
- MS, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
- BA, Psychology and Hispanic Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ready to get started with expert relationship therapy in Bethesda, MD? Give Kaitlin Doyle a call, she’s looking forward to hearing from you.
Kaitlin Doyle, MS, LCMFT is an independent contractor of Emily Cook Therapy, LLC and not an employee.