Thomas Luttrell,PhD, LCMFT, LMFT

Thomas Luttrell,PhD, LCMFT, LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist - LCM754
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Care 1st
  • Cigna
Fees: Fees range from $100-$192 per session, depending on the length of time and the number of people involved. I'm also offering a 10% discount for online telehealth sessions. Please contact me to discuss more details.

For mental health issues, I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and affiliates (CareFirst, Anthem, BCBS Federal Employee Program, etc) and Cigna or Evernorth. HOWEVER, please note that to qualify for insurance benefits, therapy must be related to a mental health diagnosis, like anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc., that has medical necessity. Most insurance plans do not cover relationship or sexual issues. Yes, this is sad. Please do not ask us to bill your insurance for relationship or sexual issues without first contacting your insurance company to check to see if your plan covers it. (We don't want to keep asking them.) Also, we can't make up a diagnosis either, as this is insurance fraud and can cost us our license and result in serious penalties. Plus, insurance companies occasionally audit psychotherapy notes to ensure that treatment is related to the reported diagnosis. You can always skip insurance and pay out of pocket.
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Bethesda, Maryland 20814
San Bernardino, California 92408

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My Approach to Helping

If there is one thing I wish you would take away from an encounter with me, it would be that you are precious and valuable--that's why I call my approach 'Treasure Therapy.' You have inherent dignity and value. My passion is 'engaging in deeper encounters that lead people to hope, worth, meaning and healing.' I am passionate about whole-person healing, involving all parts of yourself. Please join me in your journey to discover the rich treasures inside of you.

When it comes to your most important relationships, you need someone with experience. I am a licensed (clinical) marriage and family therapist in California (LMFT 111604), DC (LMFT200001211), and Maryland (LCMFT, #LCM754). While there are many good associates out there, I have a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and have been counseling individuals, couples, families and groups since 2007. I am now approved by Maryland to offer supervision to other therapists in training, and I'm also working towards becoming an AAMFT-endorsed supervisor and certifying as a sex therapist. I am also a professional life coach across the U.S. for relationships, health, intimacy, business, and spirituality.

Outside of doing therapy, I have been happily married for over 15 years and a proud father of two boys. As a parent myself, I know how important it is to find someone who has lived experience with juggling the demands of marriage, work, and raising children.

While I use an evidence-based approach to therapy, I offer you the option of integrating faith and spirituality as part of your overall care, since I am a former pastor. However, I work with anyone regardless of your faith tradition or your life choices and will work with you using your beliefs.

More Info About My Practice

HigherChange seeks to create a “higher change” in your life by providing whole-person counseling and coaching for individuals, couples, and families. This means that we care about all aspects of your life and wellness. That includes life coaching, health coaching, couples therapy, business coaching, and sex therapy. We also offer Christian counseling and Christian marriage counseling. Our mission is to be a safe space for people to be accepted and to grow into their life goals.

HigherChange is founded by myself, Dr. Tom, a professional coach and a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, along with my wife, Hannah. We are followers of Jesus Christ, whose life was spent sharing healing love to everyone He met. As such, HigherChange serves people of ALL faiths or non-faith persuasion. HigherChange accepts people where they are, and welcomes those who hold different beliefs or lifestyles without imposing any. Life and therapy can be both challenging and rewarding at the same time, and we look forward to joining together with you in this journey towards HigherChange.

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

As a therapist, I have helped: 1) couples with addiction, ADHD, or anxiety, 2) men with sexual compulsions or infidelity, 3) cohabiting couples in distress, 4) engagedpremarital counseling, and 5) couples struggling with sexual issues. I also provide coaching for relationships, dating, health and wellness, business leadership, intimacy, and spirituality.

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Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I am comfortable working with:
    - interracial or intercultural couples,
    - conservative Christians (such as evangelical Christians, Mormons, or Adventists)
    - people of ANY religion (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist) or non-faith (Atheist or Agnostic) persuasion
    - sex-positive communities (BDSM and kink)

    All are welcome! I do not discriminate.

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • Entertainment Industry
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Breakup
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Family Problems
  • Forgiveness
  • Habits
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Panic
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Spirituality
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Contemplative Psychotherapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Psychodrama
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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