Shy Porter M.S., LCMFT , Marriage & Family Therapy in Bethesda, Maryland, 20814

Shy Porter


Shy Porter


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - LCM687
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: FREE 15-minute phone consultations
50-minute sessions: $160
90-minute sessions: $240
Premarital packages: 5 sessions for $1,050
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability


Bethesda, Maryland 20814

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My Approach to Helping

Hello there! Congratulations for taking the first step to reaching deeper insight, understanding, and appreciation for yourself andor your relationship!

My clinical training has prepared me well to help individuals, couples, and families navigate their complex journeys toward understanding and resolution. My primary goal is to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and a greater sense of fulfillment in your life through the therapeutic process.

I specialize in working with teenadult individuals and couples. I am adept at collaborating with clients from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.

If you are seeking individual help, you are in the right place. I hope to help you gain insight, clarity, and understanding as you navigate the challenges that have presented over the course of your life.

If you are seeking help for your relationship, I am happy to share with you that my clinical and doctoral research areas center on couple relationship dynamics. I view the couple as the heart of the family unit and work to help you strengthen, rebuild, evaluate, and enhance your bond with your partner. Whether you are dating, married, engaged, or struggling to decide whether to remain in your relationship, I believe my clinical expertise will serve you well. My role is to be an empathetic, caring, warm presence who will help guide you through questions and challenges in your relationship and assist you in achieving your relational goals.

I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. My membership in these groups allows me to network with other mental health professionals and gather as much information about new research as possible. I promote the field of family and couple therapy, remain current on recent developments in the field, and advocate for my clients within my membership role.

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 hope is to empower you as you journey toward self-understanding, self-discovery, and increased empathy for others.

I embrace intersectionality, which is the notion that our many identities inform our worldviews and our interactions with others. Sexual orientation, gender, race, culture, and nationality are just a few of the identities that create who we are. I welcome all aspects of you into the therapy room. I believe an understanding and appreciation of this is crucial to developing ourselves and building a connection with others.

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

If you're ready to achieve a more fulfilled life, call me today! I am excited about the great work that we could do together.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Ethnicracial minorities; African Americans; Latinos; Asians; international populations; interracial relationships; intercultural relationships

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Gottman Method
  • Psychodynamic
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