April McDowell, Ph.D., LMFT

April McDowell, Ph.D., LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) - LMFT #0717001389
Secondary Credential: Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist (LCMFT) - LCM #569
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 20795
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Office 1
11250 Roger Bacon Dr
Reston, Virginia 20190 - United States
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Office 2
804 Pershing Dr
Suite 004
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 - United States
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Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $150 per standard session (50 minutes); $225 per extended session (90 minutes)

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I absolutely love my work and if you are my client, I consider it a great privilege to help you along your life journey! My approach is based on the idea that relationship patterns have a great impact on each of us as individuals. Therefore, our social networks must always be considered as a part of the treatment process whether you're in individual, couples, or family therapy. If you are my client, I look closely at you within the context of your environment (i.e. family, community, society) to help give you the best treatment possible.

I believe that psychotherapy can be a powerful vehicle for achieving your personal and relationship goals. New insight is just as important as new skills in helping you reach your personal and relationship goals. Furthermore, I believe that all clients come to therapy with numerous strengths, not just challenges.

It is my belief that change can only occur when you take a proactive stance in both your thoughts and behaviors. A major part of this stance requires recognizing and accepting individual responsibility in your life and I'm here to support and push you to do so. As many of my clients can attest to, I work hard to provide safety, validation, and respect throughout the treatment process.

Email or Call April McDowell, Ph.D., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20795

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

Not every therapist is a fit for every client! In addition to verifying education, credentials, and the issues that your therapist treats, it is also important to choose a therapist that you feel comfortable with, as the therapy process is very personal and at times difficult. You may also want to consider a therapist's worldview and philosophy about change, as some people find that this helps them more easily connect with their therapist.

Factors that contribute to feeling comfortable and connected to your therapist vary from person to person, and oftentimes you may not know how you feel with a particular therapist until you've met them in person. For this reason, I suggest scheduling a first appointment with me to get a feel for my working style and determine if you feel I'm a good fit for you. I'm fully supportive of clients who choose to shop around and meet with more than one therapist before making their final selection.

The Duration and Frequency of Therapy

Most clients opt to attend sessions once per week. I recommend this in the beginning of therapy, as it's the best way to stay focused on your goals. However, some clients opt to attend sessions once every other week to best accommodate their schedule or for financial reasons. We will work together to find a session schedule that works best for you and your circumstances.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered / Rogerian
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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