Patti Renko

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

Schedule Your Consultation

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


I received my Master of Clinical Social Work degree with a Specialization in Mental Health from the University of Maryland graduate campus in Baltimore. My post graduate training in sex therapy has been obtained through a rigorous and continual education, training, and case consultation process within the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

I have extensive knowledge and practice experience in providing effective psychotherapy that addresses the issues that are the biggest concern to you. I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients heal and achieve optimal mental health, experience deeper satisfaction in their relationships, and reach their personal goals.

I work dynamically with partners and couples—very often seeing them both individually as well as together during the course of our work. This allows for deep and lasting changes to be made and sustained. Individuals can benefit from sex therapy, regardless of having a current or active
intimate partner.



Individual Adult Mental Health

  • Depression, bipolar and related disorders
  • Anxiety, panic, fear, OCD
  • Acute stress, PTSD, trauma
  • Emotional regulation, anger management
  • Adjustment disorders, life transitions
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual desire and intimacy issues
  • Infidelity
  • Difficulties experienced in relationships and dating
  • Partnered, Couple, and Marital Relationships
  • Navigating physical and mental illness in a relationship: support, boundaries, and advocacy


  • Resolving conflicts and communication difficulties: identifying strengths, deepening emotional connections, and modifying dysfunctional behaviors
  • Changing the view of the relationship: recognizing and understanding how our individual attachment style (established in early childhood) impacts our adult relationships
  • Coping with an infidelity: finding stability in the crisis, identifying trust building behaviors, and reducing vulnerability
  • Improving sexual intimacy: learning how to have erotic conversations and understanding desire
  • Healing sexual dysfunction: improving function, increasing arousal, resolving pain
  • Navigating sexual intimacy challenges resulting from: sexual/physical trauma, chronic or newly diagnosed medical conditions, medication side effects, aging, and challenges resulting from discrimination, cultural differences, and religious beliefs

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. License #08164
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • Pro Bono Counseling Project
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Schedule Your Consultation
Or call Patti directly at 202-629-1949 ext. 14

Our fees are between $200-$400 for 50 minutes, depending on your counselor. We do not accept insurance, meaning we are not "in-network" with any health plans.
However, many of our clients submit claims to their out-of-network health insurance and receive 40-60% reimbursement.