Angela Sarafin, M.A., LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Washington, District of Columbia, 20005

Angela Sarafin, M.A., LMFT

Angela Sarafin, M.A., LMFT
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Angela Sarafin, M.A., LMFT

Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 06469
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Office 1
1200 G St NW
Suite 800
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
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  • Wheelchair Accessible Building
  • Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Office 2
316 F St NE
Suite 212
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
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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: $190 per 50-minute session (individuals)
$250 per 75-minute session (couples)

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Evening Availability

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I really enjoy working with people who are tired of repeating the same patterns in their relationships with coworkers, family, friends, and romantic partners. You probably already have an idea of what the problem is but somehow just can't figure out how to change your reactions in certain situations. Our brains are exceptional at pattern recognition but it may be that some of the patterns your brain has used to protect you are now undermining your concentration, productivity, communication, etc. I would love to help you learn how to deconstruct the unhelpful patterns and reinforce the patterns that lead to success and joy.

Email or Call Angela Sarafin, M.A., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 06469

More Info About My Practice

I have special training in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing) which is a brain-based therapy with proven effectiveness in reducing fear, anxiety, anger/irritability, hyper-vigilance, and other intrusive thoughts and feelings. It has been used with great positive effect for people with post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders as well as helping people perform better in high pressure situations (whether it's saving a life, winning a game, or speaking to an intimidating person or audience).

I offer faith-based counseling for clients who are Christian or Catholic and for those who are seeking to understand more about God.

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

Our brains are amazing machines designed to detect danger and promote survival. Every experience we have can teach us something about the world, but we tend to filter new information according to how well it fits our worldview.

This can be very helpful in certain circumstances such as avoiding foods that make us sick, but it doesn't work well when we start to see danger at every turn (anxiety, anger, paranoia) or we stop hoping for good experiences (depression, pushing people away when it seems too good to be true, etc).

The first goal of therapy is to identify the negative beliefs that lock us into unhelpful patterns and replace those beliefs with more accurate statements and observations (for example: replacing 'always', 'never', and 'have to' with 'sometimes', 'rarely', 'choose to'). The second goal of therapy is to start doing something different which often includes the process of thinking differently (suspending belief or being willing to try an experiment), rehearsing new behavior mentally and then going out and actually doing the new behavior (or doing an old behavior with new meaning).

Overall, the goal is to help you feel more confident and satisfied with who you are and your ability to successfully navigate the challenges and stresses of life.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

It is normal to feel some concern or anxiety about a new situation. My goal for the first few sessions is to get to know you, to hear your story, and to set some goals. Part of the process is just getting familiar with the counselor and comfortable with talking about the things that you rarely discuss with others.

My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'

When something in our lives is disordered, it simply means that there is a more optimal level of functioning or interacting. In most situations, it is our thinking that is disordered because we are missing critical pieces of information or because we feel we need to defend ourselves against perceived threats. Most of the time we develop protective patterns in childhood that help us maintain a sense of self when we are powerless to change out external situation. Sometimes disordered thinking is just an old protective pattern that is mismatched to your current life circumstances.

The good news is that in most cases we can retrain our brains and learn to scan the environment with curiosity instead of fear. It happens in slow increments, but every little change strengthens our ability to choose curiosity in more difficult situations.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Christian, Catholic, survivors of childhood abuse/neglect

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Forgiveness
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Spirituality

Types of Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Method

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