Deborah Mulhern


Deborah Mulhern


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - 2370
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4933 Auburn Ave.
Suite 206
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

My Approach to Helping

If you are seeking therapy, it is very likely that you are experiencing alienation or conflict with a loved one or loves ones. Relationships are the cornerstone of our mental health. When our relationships are distressed, we feel distraught, anxious and depressed. We will often become self-defeating or even self-destructive. Neuroscientists are coming to believe that we are wired for connection with others and that, without it, our nervous systems cannot function as they are intended to. I teach clients about the social and emotional centers of the brain and how to use this knowledge to shift the ways in which they react to others as well as themselves. By becoming more mindful of your internal experiences and understanding them in light of simple neuroscientific principles, you will develop the skills of listening more openly, making more self-affirming decisions and strengthening positive mental states. You will discover the positive meanings behind the maddening behaviors of your spouse, your child or you parent. With this new perspective, you will be able to change entrenched patterns of hostility and defensiveness.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

My specialty is working with couples and family members who experience high conflict, those who are entrenched in repetitive cycles of arguing/distancing as well as those who are alienated from a loved one. I also do Reunification Therapy.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Individuation
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
  • Integral Psychotherapy (IP)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
  • Object Relations
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Pragmatic / Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
  • Relational Life Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Self Psychology
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Voice Dialogue
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