Individual Counselor, Marriage Therapist, Family Therapist, Premarital Counselor // Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, Bethesda, MD

  • Clinical Degree: Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
  • Expertise: Relational issues, Attachment issues, Co-parenting, Grief, Substance abuse, and Major life transitions
  • Available: Monday daytime; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday daytime and evening
  • Prepare/Enrich certified: Yes
  • 50 minute session rate: $185

About Samin Panahi (she/her/hers)

Samin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has dedicated her career to helping people of all ages navigate the challenges of life. With her empathetic mature and excellent listening skills, she has created a reputation as a companionate therapist who genuinely care about her clients.

Samin’s therapeutic approach is grounded in a deep respect for her clients and a belief in their ability to find their own truth and path forward. She understands that everyone’s journey is unique and her role is to guide her clients on their path of self-discovery. She creates a safe and supportive space where clients can explore their thoughts and feelings, identify their strengths and challenges, and develop effective coping strategies.

Samin uses a variety of techniques and approaches to help her clients gain insight and perspectives that lead to growth and healing in their relationships and life. Her main theories of work and approaches include but are not limited to Family Systems, Attachment, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Experiential Theories, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness-based models.

Samin received her Master’s degree in couple and family therapy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to becoming a therapist, Samin worked as a researcher in the Pain and Palliative Care department at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During her time there, she worked with a diverse patient population that included seriously ill individuals and those struggling with alcoholism. This experience gave her a deep understanding of the physical and
emotional toll that chronic illnesses and addiction can have on individuals and their loved ones, and how therapy can be crucial during these times.

Finally, Samin is a lifetime learner and constantly seeks out new knowledge, research, and skills to enhance her practice and always welcomes feedback to make therapy useful for her clients!

In Samin’s words

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor Frankl

Many of us fail to recognize the power we own to respond to what is happening in life. One of my superpowers as a therapist is to help you recognize that “space” and be able to choose their “response.”

During my time as a therapist, I have gained extensive experience through working with a diverse range of individuals, couples, and families with a range of problems from anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relational issues, attachment issues, co-parenting, grief, substance abuse and major life transitions. I apply a systemic perspective to my therapy practice and take a client-centered approach to create for you a safe, warm, and non-judgmental space.

I believe that every family or couple or individual is unique, and while I incorporate most of these theories into each
session, I will tailor my approach to meet your needs. I believe in you. And I look forward to helping you grow and reach your maximum potential.”

Emily’s Endorsement

“Samin strives to help her clients feel appreciated and understood. She believes that each individual, couple, and family deserves respect and empathy and culturally-sensitive support. She balances gentleness with motivation, curiosity, and insight. Samin’s curious nature helps her clients build problem-solving skills that help them tackle their specific difficulties and challenges, in relationships and in life. I hope you reach out to Samin today and experience for yourself her unique blend of calm encouragement and careful listening.”


  • MS, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Maryland
  • Post-bac Fellowship, National Institutes of Health
  • BS, Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Maryland Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LGM947, licensed since 2023


Ready to get started with expert relationship therapy in Bethesda, MD? Give Samin Panahi a call, she’s looking forward to hearing from you.

Samin Panahi, MS, LGMFT is an independent contractor of Emily Cook Therapy, LLC and not an employee.