Mary Martha Sayre

Mary Martha Sayre

Professions: Addictions Counselor, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 0701003432
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Care 1st
  • Cigna
Fees: My fee, if not using insurance, is $110.00.


10375 B Democracy Ln
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

My Approach to Helping

I believe in the intrinsic worth of all human beings. I believe that many people do not see their value because it is overshadowed by the shame caused by their perceptions of who they should be and what they should be achieving. There are many reasons why these distortions exist; but one thing is for certain, it creates a feeling of being a fraud and deep shame. A lot of time and energy is used to counteract this secret shame. I feel that it is important to help teens and adults to become authentic and accepting of their strengths and weaknesses instead of putting our emotional and physical energy in denying and being afraid of our humanness. It is exhausting and paralyzing to be so afraid of our imperfections. I believe there is value in accepting our own humanity. We have to climb off our self imposed pedestal which is secretive and isolating and connect with other human beings without the fear of being discovered a fraud. It is so freeing and meaningful.

More Info About My Practice

I take CareFirst, Anthem, Aetna, and Cigna.

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

Shame caused by a variety of issues: Emotional abuse, Family-of-origin issues, Attention Deficit or Learning Disorders, Perfectionism, and Divorce are a few causes that can cause shame.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

When you see yourself through the lens of shame, it is like looking in one of those mirrors that distort your image. Yet, you really believe that is how you look! Our job will be to understand where that lens came from and replace it with a more realistic lens. I often say to folks, "If only you could see yourself as I see you because I am not seeing you through that same lens in which you are seeing yourself!" When they do, they stop running from themselves and start the process of self acceptance.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Body Image
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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