Shy Porter, M.S., LGMFT

Shy Porter, M.S., LGMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapy, ,
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist - LGM602
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 33084
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Bethesda, Maryland 20814 - United States

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: $140/ 50-min session
$210/90-min session
$950 Prepare/Enrich package

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Hello there! Thanks for dropping by.

My clinical training has prepared me well to help couples, families, and individuals navigate their complex journeys toward understanding and resolution. My goal is to help you leave therapy with a deeper understanding of yourself and a greater sense of fulfillment.

I have extensive experience with family systems of all varieties, including nuclear families, couples, individuals, blended families, step-parents, extended families, and more. The clients I see represent a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences and enter therapy with a wide array of issues.

To me, the couple is the heart of the family unit. I work to help partners strengthen, rebuild, evaluate, and enhance their bond. Whether you are dating, married, engaged, or trying to decide whether or not to remain in your relationship, I am here to help. I promise to be an empathetic, caring, warm presence who can guide you through your questions and challenges and assist you in the process of coming to the conclusions that are best for you.

In addition to couples, I have extensive experience working with individuals as well as families with teenage or young adult children. If you are an individual seeking therapy, I would be honored to assist you in your journey towards personal growth. If you are part of a family that is struggling with life transitions, you can trust that I will bring empathy, patience, and genuine caring to our work together.

As a preclinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, I strive to remain active in organizations that promote community and continuing education. My membership in these groups allows me to network with other mental health professionals, promote a systemic view of therapy, remain current on recent developments in the field, and advocate on your behalf.

Email or Call Shy Porter, M.S., LGMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 33084

More Info About My Practice

My style is curious, warm, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and authentic. I believe insight plays a critical role in the therapeutic process, and my goal is to empower you on your journey toward self-understanding, self-discovery, and increased empathy for others.

The concept of intersectionality is critically important to my practice. Intersectionality is the notion that our many identities inform our world view and our interactions with others. Sexual orientation, gender, race, and nationality are just a few of the unique components of who we are. Remaining aware of this is crucial to understanding ourselves and others.

In addition to being a practicing therapist, I am also pursuing a doctorate at the University of Maryland, College Park. I use my work as an academic to bring evidence-based practices to my work.

If you're ready for clinical help, call me today! I look forward to hearing from you.

Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist

There are so many things that are important to keep at the top of mind as you search for a therapist. Here are a few questions that I believe should guide your search for this very important endeavor you aim to undertake:
- Does the therapist seem warm and inviting?
- Does his/her website or profile give a detailed explanation of his/her background and his/her therapeutic approach?
- Does this therapist seem as though he/she would be willing to hear MY unique experience rather than constantly refer to past experiences or case?
- Does this therapist evoke a sense of kindness, patience, and curiosity about me?
- Does this person's clinical interests/specialties align with my need?

And, when you do decide to reach out:
- Does the therapist respond in a prompt, kind, and welcoming manner?

This list is certainly not exhaustive, but I believe these questions are critical in your search for a therapist. Remember, this is the person who you are choosing to bear witness to you even in your most vulnerable moments. It is critically important that this be someone who you believe you can trust.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

Sometimes, when I meet with clients for our first session, they hesitantly ask how long I think this will take or whether I believe their relationship is doomed and if they should quit while they're ahead. And I understand. Despite its growing acceptance, there is still a significant societal stigma around therapy that some people find difficult to push through. I am always humbled when clients take that leap and walk through my doors, willing to embark on this journey with me.

The truth is, it's impossible to put a time stamp on therapy. Some people (individuals, couples, and families alike) are able to work through their present issue within a matter of weeks. Others may take months, and still others may take years. In my opinion, therapy should not be a sprint. Rather, it should be viewed as falling somewhere between a 10K and an ultramarathon. It takes as long as it takes and you are free to go at your own pace. No matter what, just remember that therapy is NOT about the outcome. It is about the process and all the beautiful things you learn about yourselves and others along the way.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Collaborative Couple Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy / Collaborative Language Systems
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Object Relations
  • Process Oriented Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis / Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Psychodynamic
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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