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Meet Our Staff

Each of our highly trained and experienced therapists is an independent contractor affiliated with Keith Miller Counseling, LLC.  There are variations between each therapist regarding fees and client-clinician policies, which you can see by clicking “read more” under each counselor’s name.

Please feel free to inquire directly with any of our therapists about their qualifications and expertise by calling the number listed below, or call to speak to our referral coordinator:

202-629-1949 ext. 0

Keith Miller, LICSW, LCSW-C
Psychotherapist and Founder
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Office location: Dupont Circle (Washington DC) and Bethesda, MD 

Call Keith directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 2

Keith Miller founded the practice in 2007 and is a licensed clinical social worker that can help you heal from symptoms related to trauma, mood regulation, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Keith works with couples and individuals and specializes in using a systematic, mindfulness-based model of therapy called IFS. IFS is an evidence-based treatment for anxiety and stress-related health issues.

Working with Keith will help you compassionately resolve inner conflicts that keep you stuck and limit your full potential in relationships and in life. With couples, Keith sets the pace and tone of the sessions to ensure a safe setting in which you both can more easily let down defenses and become curious about how to get what you need without losing connection to each other.

Keith is a national speaker and educator on the topic of mindfulness in psychotherapy and is the author of several books on personal growth and relationships, including a free stress-reduction course, and  Love Under Repair: How to Save Your Marriage and Survive Couples Therapy.

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DC Counselor Sam Allen Samuel Allen, PhD(c), LMFT
Individual Psychotherapist & Couples and Family Therapist

Office Location: Dupont Circle

Call Sam directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 11

Sam Allen is a psychotherapist that can help you heal from symptoms related to anxiety, depression, mood-regulation, eating disorders and past trauma. He is a couples and family therapist that can help couples improve communication, recover from infidelity, and reduce conflict.

Working with Sam will allow you to raise compassion and insight for yourself while challenging mental habits or behaviors that aren’t serving you now. With couples, he is a very active presence to create the kind of structure needed to help partners feel safe and have have productive conversations to create the kind of relationship you want.

Sam integrates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and family systems models of therapy. His doctoral research overlaps with his expertise and passion for gender and sexual identity issues, and he can competently help couples with issues related to poly/kink and queer lifestyle. Sam can conduct therapy in Hebrew and enjoys working with culturally diverse clientele.

Sam is an instructor at the family science undergraduate program at the University of Maryland and is an AAMFT-approved supervisor candidate and provider of supervision to junior therapists. Interested candidates for supervision may contact Sam at at phone number above.

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REQUIRED FORMS FOR NEW CLIENTS OF SAMUEL ALLEN (these will be emailed when you schedule)

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Social Worker Goli Bellinger Goli Bellinger, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C
Individual Psychotherapist and Couples Therapist

Office Location: Dupont Circle

Call Goli directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 4

Goli Bellinger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with couples and individuals experiencing relational or marital difficulties.  She is particularly skilled in intervening during a crisis to stabilize major conflicts. She is a specialist in Relationship Enhancement©, a psycho-educational model that is based on empathy, validation, and structured dialogue.  She has received training from several of the leading masters in the field of couples therapy and marriage education.  In addition to holding a postgraduate certificate in trauma from Harvard University, she has considerable expertise in working with diverse immigrant populations and intercultural relationships.  She aims to help individuals become more at ease and effective in their relationships.

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Social Worker Goli BellingerRuth Berger, LCSW-C
Psychotherapist for individual and marriage/couples

Office Location: Dupont Circle

Call Ruth directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 10

Ruth is a Licensed Clinical therapist with 18 years’ experience and specializations in 

Individual (Adult) and Couples Therapy.

Ruth sees her role as helping her clients to work collaboratively on their issues, in an environment where they feel safe, understood, and supported.

Sensitive to the unique personalities, histories, current circumstances, and needs of her clients, Ruth’s treatment approach draws on a wide spectrum of therapeutic methodologies, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), The Gottman Method, IFS (Internal Family Systems), Trauma Informed Therapy, and Attachment Therapy.  Since she likes to think of the therapeutic process as a partnership, Ruth is always happy to share and explain her treatment approach with clients, and welcomes their feedback.

Ruth offers flexible scheduling that includes late evening and Sunday appointments. 

In addition to her MA in Social Work, Ruth holds an MA in Remedial (Special Needs) Education and an MA in Comparative Literature.

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Dr. Miles Diller, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist for Adolescents and Adults
Psychological Testing for Adults, Children, and Adolescents

Office Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Call Miles directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 6

Miles Diller is a psychologist with over thirty years of experience with children, adolescents and adults, providing therapy, testing and diagnostic services for ADHD, learning, and other behavioral, emotional and social problems. He is certified in Gestalt, has trained and conducted research in cognitive behavioral therapy, and has experience in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); he uses all of these approaches to help alleviate anxiety, depression, stress, and phase of life issues.

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Kaelin Emery, PsyD
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples

Office Location: Dupont Circle

Call Kaelin directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 3

Dr. Kaelin Emery is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with individuals and couples. She specializes in treating individuals who have had traumatic experiences, but also has expertise working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, and identity concerns. With couples, she leads safe, structured sessions that help you build on strengths and stay focused on learning new skills in a productive way together.

Kaelin feels truly honored to accompany her clients on their journey to wellness. Her goal is to understand each client’s unique experience and work with them to uncover unhelpful patterns that are standing in the way of a satisfying life. She strives to empower her clients to tap into their personal strengths and promote deep emotional healing.

Dr. Emery believes that the relationship between therapist and client is one of the most important ingredients in good therapy. She aims to create a safe, warm, and non-judgmental environment where each client feels heard and understood.

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Maya Foster, LMFT
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples

Office Location: Dupont Circle

Call Maya directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 1

Maya Foster is an individual and couples counselor, and a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She can help you heal and change the long-standing patterns that are obstacles to living a life of greater joy and freedom. Her expertise includes trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues.

Working with Maya will bring you into deeper and more compassionate understanding of key parts of yourself. As a couples therapist, she actively helps create a productive environment in the sessions, and offers clear steps to create better relationship skills.

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Counselor Mark Jacobsen Dr. Mark Jacobsen, LICSW
Individual Psychotherapist and Couples Therapist

Office Location: Dupont Circle (Washington, DC)

Call Mark directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 5

Mark Jacobsen, PhD, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 24 years of experience as a mental health practitioner. He works with couples and individuals and specializes in the treatment of depression in men, recovery from alcohol and addiction, and mood-related symptoms including anxiety disorders.

Working with Mark will help you compassionately recognize and heal parts of you that aren’t functioning at their fullest potential. In couples therapy, Mark takes an active role to create a safe environment where learning and curiosity can thrive and help you improve communication and connection.

Mark is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and an active member of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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Phalande Jean, MFT, LGPC
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples (English/French/Creole) 
Office Location
: Dupont Circle

Call Phalande directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 15

Phalande Jean is a licensed graduate professional counselor who provides individual and couples therapy. She’s dedicated to creating safe spaces for all identities and knows firsthand how to tap into each person’s story to find the needed wisdom and power to heal. Her therapeutic style and interventions include narrative therapy, affirmative therapy, mindfulness based CBT, DBT and various expressive modalities. Phalande has experience and is passionate about working with individuals dealing with relationship conflict, substance use, body image issues and identity/sexuality concerns.

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George Johnson, LICSW
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples (bi-lingual, English/Spanish) 
Office Location
: Dupont Circle

Call George directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 13

George Johnson, LICSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals and couples. His primary specialty is in relationship work, as he enjoys helping to demystify and shift negative patterns that keep you stuck in gridlock with your partner.

His 29 years of experience guides his skillful ability to help shine a light on areas where support or correction are needed. His approach is strengths-based and supportive—providing empathy, and attentiveness—with structure to help you look at what is most painful, to find healing and rejuvenation.

George is skilled at treating mood disorders including depression, anxiety, and anger issues as well as issues related to substance abuse, traumatic experiences, loss, chronic illness, relationship issues, sexuality, and identity.

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Amy Kohn McNelly, LCMFT
Individual, Marriage/Couple, and Adolescent/Family Therapist
Office Location
: Bethesda

Call Amy directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 12

Amy Kohn McNelly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, and adolescents/families. She specializes in treating mood disorders including depression, anxiety, and anger issues as well as issues related to substance abuse, traumatic experiences, loss, chronic illness, relationship issues, sexuality, and identity concerns.

Originally from Northern California, Amy has had the opportunity to live in various locations across the US, and has been in the DC area for over a decade. Her background has included leadership positions as well as direct services, in settings ranging from private practice to hospital and residential settings.

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

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) or 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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Terri Pargot, D.O.
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist for individuals and couples

Office Location: Bethesda

Call Dr. Pargot directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 8

Terri Pargot, D.O. is a Psychiatrist (medical doctor that can prescribe medications to treat emotional symptoms) who has been treating patients for over 27 years. Trained as both a psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist, Dr. Pargot (rhymes with target) feels fortunate to be able to treat her patients with a combined approach to their symptoms—often using talk therapy, and medication as an adjunct, when needed. She is experienced treating depression, anxiety and panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), self-esteem, adult ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD and trauma, body dysmorphism, and eating disorders.

In addition to providing individual treatment, Dr. Pargot is a skilled couples therapist that treats relationship issues.

Couples seeking relationship therapy will benefit from Dr. Pargot’s ability to help you gain insight from your past family and relationship history to increase connection with your partner and improve communication skills. Her treatment orientation is a combination of insight-based (cognitive) and emotion-based (learning emotional awareness and acceptance of your body’s full range of sensations).

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Patti Renko, LCSW-C
Psychotherapist for Individuals and Marriage/Couples, Sex Therapist 
Office Location
: Bethesda

Call Patti directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 14

Patti Renko is a passionate, dynamic, culturally sensitive, LGBTQ+ allied individual psychotherapist, sex therapist, and couples therapist. She specializes in treating adult individual clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar and related disorders, emotional regulation, acute stress, sexual dysfunction, desire and intimacy issues, life transitions, and difficulties in relationships and dating. Patti successfully treats both individuals and partners in her sex therapy work with clients; and her couples therapy approach promotes strengths, decreases emotional avoidance, modifies dysfunctional behavior, improves communication, and changes the view of the relationship.

Patti is a dedicated clinician with many years of experience providing exceptional care to older adolescents and adults through the integration of complimentary treatment modalities tailored to meet her clients needs. She is able to offer abundant support using her knowledge of a wide range of mental health care and education resources, including the inpatient psychiatric referral & admission process.

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Dr. Monique D. Walker, MFT
Individual, Couple, Family and Group Psychotherapist

Office Location: Dupont Circle
Call Monique directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 9

Dr. Walker is a couple and family therapist with several years of experience providing individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy. As a relationship expert, she has expertise working with communities of color, LGBTQI communities, as well as adolescent and women’s development.

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What We Offer

Here are just some of the services we offer at Keith Miller & Associates Counseling

Wedding Rings - Marriage and Relationship Advice

Marriage & Relationship Issues:

Want to build more trust? Improve your communication? Heal from infidelity? Want more spark in the bedroom? We are couple therapy specialists. We provide effective Washington DC Counseling & Bethesda Counseling for your marriage.

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Premarital Counseling:

Create a divorce-resistant marriage! Build a stable foundation for a lifetime and make sure you have what it takes to have a successful relationship.

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Find support for your recovery from drug and alcohol addiction with our experienced substance abuse counselors. Is love addiction or internet addiction wrecking havoc in your relationship? Do you want relief from food addiction or emotional eating? Do you have compulsions that seem resistant to change? We can help you

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Are panic, phobias and fears making your life seem smaller than it used to? We can help. Taking back life from anxiety is one of the main reasons people contact us.

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Depression does not have to ruin your life. Managing your moods without medication is one of the most heavily researched areas of psychotherapy. Learn more about mood disorders here. DC Counseling

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Anger Management:

We can help you go beyond traditional anger management techniques by helping you get to to the core cause of the anger. Read this article – from our Washington DC Counseling & Bethesda Counseling – to get a full perspective about anger.

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