Varda Makovsky

Varda Makovsky

Professions: Clinical Social Work, Counseling, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LCSW-C - 16160
Verified Credentials
1-800-651-8085 ext. 13969
Office 1
The Barker Adoption Foundation
7979 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814 - United States
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Office 2
The Barker Adoption Foundation
2957 Monticello Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22042 - United States
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My specialty is in providing counseling to members of the adoption circle, and I have worked extensively with adult adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents.

Every adopted person has his/her own unique feelings about being adopted. For some, these feelings may generally be "back burner", yet for others those feelings may be more complex or dominant. I provide counseling to adoptees at different life stages as they explore how adoption may affect identity, evaluate loss and intimacy issues, examine relationships with family and friends, and navigate the complexities of the search and reunion process.

For adoptive parents, counseling may focus on issues including: exploring how adoption may affect family dynamics, evaluating whether a child's challenges are adoption-related or part of typical development, exploring how to best talk to children about adoption and help them understand their unique adoption stories, strengthening relationships in adoptive families, and navigating the complexities of relationships in open adoption or after a search and reunion.

I also provide counseling to individuals who have placed a child -at any point in their lives- in exploring how placement of a child affected them, and/or in navigating the complex issues associated with reuniting with a birth child.

Email or Call Varda Makovsky at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13969

More Info About My Practice

My office is conveniently located in Bethesda within walking distance the Bethesda Metro Station. I also see clients at our Falls Church location. Please feel free to contact me for a complementary brief telephone consultation.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English
  • Hebrew

Groups I Work With

    Adult Adopted Persons, Adoptive Parents , Birth Parents

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Esteem
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Parent Work
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

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