April McDowell, Ph.D., LMFT

April McDowell, Ph.D., LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
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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11250 Roger Bacon Dr
Reston, Virginia 20190
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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: $175 per standard session (50 minutes); $300 per extended session (90 minutes)

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Relationships are hard but changing them doesn't have to be. I'm the owner of Decision Point Therapy in Reston, VA and I specialize in couples counseling.

I provide therapy for both married and non-married couples who are preparing for marriage, as well as those struggling with remaining married or thinking about separating. I help couples with issues such as communication problems, infidelity and affairs, decisions about parenthood, and sexual issues.

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 goals. I believe that everyone who comes to therapy has numerous strengths, not just challenges. We'll use these strengths to help you realize how much control you have over your future.

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

More Info About My Practice

I am a trained facilitator for Prepare-Enrich. This is a program designed especially for premarital counseling which begins with a very thorough online relationship assessment that you and your partner will take at home.

Feel free to visit my website for more info about completing Prepare-Enrich with me.

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.

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. 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, especially in the beginning of therapy, as it's the best way to stay focused on your goals and achieve success.

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 schedule that works best for you and your circumstances.

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Communication Problems
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Trust Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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