Black Couples Counseling
Our counseling is about sitting down with someone you can trust. Creating a safe space to have difficult conversations productively.
With counselors specializing in black couples counseling, we help you reduce blame and criticism that is common during relationship conflict. We’ll help both parties feel comfortable with themselves and the situation. We want you to share what is going on, in a truthful manner. This way we can get to the root of the problem, not the symptom.
Frequently Asked Questions About Couples Counseling
1) What will happen the first visit?
We will just have a simple talk. We will find out why you are here. We will also find out what you hope to accomplish with your session. We want to know the root of the issue and how we can go about fixing it.
2) What do I have to tell you?
You don’t have to tell us anything you don’t want to. These sessions are not forced. You discuss what information you feel comfortable talking about, nothing more. We will never probe you for information that is not part of your treatment.
3) Where do you place the primary focus?
We create a safe and calm environment for you to have productive conversations. We want to hear your stories, about your situation. Our questions and interventions will set the tone and help you both lower your guard. We’ll help you get what you need in a way that’s good for you and good for your partner.
Below are the black counselors on our staff:
Dara H. McDowell, MS, MFT
Marriage and family therapist
Availability: Online, phone and Dupont Circle Office
Dara is experienced providing evidence-based counseling services to individuals, couples, families and children and draws from knowledge of diversity issues, deep in her bones. Dara specializes in families, individuals, and providing an open space for clients to tell their story, connect the dots and get results in their life where they need it most.
She’s experienced at conducting groups to help women become strong and successful in life and love. Couples and families seeking relief from distress can benefit from Dara’s ability to create a safe space for clients.
Ann Ebhojiaye is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a passion for working with couples looking to strengthen their relationship and learn how to improve their communication and connection with each other. Ann is also a certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator which can provide guided assessments for couples seeking pre-martial counseling. Ann has experience working with couples and families of various backgrounds, ethnicities and religions, including LGBTQ+, poly, Black Jewish, Muslim, and eastern cultures.
Ann believes that although there may be struggles, each person, couple and family have positive attributes, and therefore approaches counseling from a strength-based perspective. She uses interventions that guide couples and families to express emotional thoughts more effectively and open more understanding of each other’s roles, responsibilities and needs within the family.
Ann specializes in working with individuals dealing with trauma, anxiety, stress, emotional anger, depression, and feelings of disconnection or alienation from others.
Moses Kushaba is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience treating people with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders. He has extensive experience supporting people with life-challenging illnesses including HIV, and is passionate about helping immigrants, at-risk adolescents, parents with parenting challenges, and couples who want successful life partnership.
Moses focuses on helping people grow and build confidence in themselves by using the qualities they were born with through an integrative approach, that drawn upon several theoretical orientations, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Positive psychology.
He is a great listener and provides a safe space where you can fully be yourself and talk about your concerns to learn the life lessons needed to create and maintain a high quality of life.
In addition to his Masters in Social Work, Moses has a psychology doctorate and is licensed in Maryland as a Psychology Associate.
We Provide Counseling For:
- Marriage and Relationship Issues
- Premarital Counseling with Bethesda Counseling
- Drug Treatment with Bethesda Counseling
- Anger Management
- Mind-Body Counseling
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Frequently Asked Questions
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and forced shutdown of many businesses, we began offering online counseling sessions to new and existing clients in order to better serve the community.
We plan on continuing to offer online sessions even after businesses start to reopen, but clients will have be given the option of meeting with their counselor face-to-face or through online virtual sessions. They will even be able to alternate between face-to-face and online sessions for their convenience.
Keith Miller & Associates Counseling does not accept insurance, however many of our clients submit their own claims for “out-of-network” reimbursement and often receive 40-60% of the expense.
All counselors fees are $180-$240 for 50 minute sessions.
Psychiatry: $450 for 90 minute intake sessions and $200-$300 for follow-up visits.
Sessions with Keith Miller are limited but may be available upon request; $350 for 60 minutes or $265 for 45 minutes.
We have two offices.
One is located in Washinton, D.C. near DuPont Circle, conveniently less than a block away from the Metro station.
Our second office is located in downtown Bethesda, which is a ten-minute walk from either the Bethesda or N.I.H. Metro stations.
|Washington, D.C. Office|
1320 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
8120 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814