Marjorie Nightingale

Marjorie Nightingale, JD, MFT
Marriage/Couples Therapist, Sex Therapist, Individual Therapist
Office Location
: Dupont Circle

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Call Marjorie directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 7

Marjorie Nightingale is a marriage and couples therapist that is passionate about helping couples discover possibilities for healing and connection. She offers targeted interventions to especially improve communication and reduce conflict, and is skilled at providing necessary support to recover from infidelity.

Marjorie is a skilled sex therapist that specializes in treatment of sexual performance and arousal disorders for for men and women (low desire, anxiety, premature ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction). She can help partners successfully navigate sensitive topics like mismatched sexual desire, fetishes, painful sex (dyspareunia), difficulty reaching orgasm, and sexual identity.

In individual therapy, Marjorie is successful at treating anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship issues.

Marjorie brings a wealth of life experiences to her clinical practice, working as an attorney, non-profit executive, and director of a social welfare agency prior to becoming a therapist. She is currently a PhD candidate at Drexel University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her numerous published clinical research has focused on studying couples therapy or sex therapy treatment for African Americans.

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EDUCATION AND TREATMENT APPROACH:

I received my PsyD in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and hold a Post Masters Certificate in Sex Therapy.

I’ve undergone significant post-graduate training in (Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy). EFT is one of the few scientifically-based methods of couples therapy and is based on the science of adult attachment.

When working with couples, I provide a structure in our sessions that will help us talk about difficult moments in your relationship, without getting stuck or overwhelmed. I’m skilled at helping couples get to the underlying issues that are causing their conflicts and helping partners communicate with each other more effectively. Most importantly, I can help you strengthen the bond between you and your partner in order to create a secure, loving foundation for your relationship.

Sex Therapy

I am passionate about helping people overcome sexual frustration, learn more about how the body works, and discover the joy and peace that comes from healthy communication about sex.

I’ll help set the tone of our conversations to have relaxed and curious attitude about parts of your sexual history or experience that may feel painful difficult to talk about, so that healing and progress can be made.

Sex therapy does not involve any direct sexual experiences in the therapist office.

AREAS OF FOCUS:

Mental Health:

  • Managing depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Navigating life transitions
  • Family of origin concerns and current family issues

Relationships:

  • Improving communication
  • Improving sexual intimacy or healing sexual dysfunction
  • Creating a healthy relationship with sex
  • Expressing needs and getting needs met
  • Reducing conflict and healthy communication
  • Stabilizing and resolving relationship crisis that include verbal abuse, destructive anger, high conflict, infidelity and trust issues
  • Navigating family conflict and expectations
  • Learning and managing cross-cultural conflicts
  • Negotiating traditional gender roles
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Here are some clinical issues that I work with frequently, and typical goals of therapy:

Couples/Families/Parents

  • Improve communication – create safety to talk about vulnerable subjects with respect and care.
  • Transform relationship conflict into connection – deal constructively with negativity and gain healthier, more balanced expectations for your relationship.
  • Healing the effects of sexual disconnection or a “sexless marriage”
  • Infidelity – find out what created the opportunity for an affair, whether you can really work it out and stay together and discover ways to repair your relationship.
  • Pre-marital and pre-parental counseling – discuss some common issues that arise for couples as they are preparing for marriage or expanding their family.
  • Intentional Parenting – become a parent your child respects and listens to without coercion or punishment.

Individuals

  • Improving your success in relationships – gain confidence with being yourself and relating to others.
  • Women’s mental health – resolving gender-based stress, depression, and difficulty in the workplace.
  • Identity development – identifying where you are in your racial/ethnic identity development and/or gender or sexual identity development and how it may be impacting your life.
  • Managing moods (depression, anxiety, chronic stress) – take control of your life and free yourself from fear and worry.
  • Grief counseling – find forgiveness and stability as you grow from tragedy or loss.
  • Healing from trauma and adversity – restore a healthy balance and rhythm and find new meaning in your life.
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