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Divorce Counseling Washington DC

Divorce counseling sessions can provide much need assistance for children and parents to deal with the emotional relationship issues that will arise. Several different conflicts can occur during a divorce between the children and parents that cause stress and separation issues. Here is a listing of various local counseling services that specializes in divorce.

Maura Healy
(202) 600-9046
1935 11th St. NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Loss or Grief, Self Esteem
Qualification
School: University of Maryland School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Dr. Barbara J. Brown
(202) 559-1153
Capitol Hill Consortium, Counseling & Consultation650 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Depression, Relationship Issues, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Boston University
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$150 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Keith Miller
(202) 670-5933
1320 19th Street NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Heidi Block
(202) 670-8945
1314 18th St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Depression, Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Smith College- School Of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$130 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Dr. Eileen A Dombo
(202) 688-5204
1555 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Domestic Abuse, Relationship Issues, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: National Catholic School of Social Service
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Ronda Bresnick Hauss
(202) 559-4883
Quiet Waters Center1308 Constitution Ave NE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
School: Catholic University of America
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$110 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Jennifer L. Boone
(202) 939-0939
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Thinking Disorders, Loss or Grief, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Wake Forest University
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Karen J. Osterle
(202) 643-0971
1234 19th Street NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: Case Western Reserve U
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$150 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ms. Brenda Kriegel
(703) 468-8638
Washington Metro Area
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: VCU
Year of Graduation: 1979
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Seda S?ichards
(202) 285-5486
Capital City Counseling & Consulting, PLLC910 17th Street
Washington, DC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
School: Georgia State University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 6 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$150+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Wife is an Alcoholic. Filed for Divorce. Took 3 Kids. Blames Me.

Wife is an Alcoholic. Filed for Divorce. Took 3 Kids. Blames Me.

by D Posnack
(Florida)

Such a long story to tell and similar to many I have read. My wife went to rehab seven years ago. Was clean best I can determine for 6 months. Kept a journal about her feelings at that time. Basically looking down on our marriage and my being the root of it all.

She and I got pregnant a year out of her rehab and then had two more children. They are now 4,3 and 2. Over the last year my wife got worse drinking every other night, taking sleeping pills and sometimes nyquil. I became frustrated with her and avoided intimacy with her due to that.

My business tanked and I could no longer provide her with a made, nanny etc. I informed her that financials were horrible. I go away for a business trip. Come home and my wife freaks out saying I ruined us, our home is toxic to her, she can't deal with me, I do nothing etc.

So she leaves one day with my kids in the car and went to her parents two hours from me, calls and says she is not coming back and wants a divorce. Since that time I found receipts that show she really never stopped drinking and would go every other day. Now living with her parents and filed for divorce I see my kids every other week for now.

She claims she can breathe again, has started to go to AA again and claims like I mentioned I am the root of all evil and to blame for everything. Her brother is an alcoholic as are other relatives. Over the years some known and some unknown to my wife I have picked her up at bars after getting a call, saved her from a DUI etc., basically I did take care of her.

Now I am broken hearted and want my kids back and my wife if she is sober and we really have a chance this time? However she is pushing the divorce and blames me daily in emails and texts for anything to do with our marriage, kids or you name it. Any advice?

I am so curious when she goes to AA or a rehab hopefully will they see her abnormal behavior? Find her taking off after knowing me for two decades with three small children as not normal? Her blaming me and our life as toxic as an excuse? She has left me holding the bag with our home and finances and now having to fund a divorce and custody battle. Again any advice?

Alcoholism-and-Drug-Addiction-Help.com Answer



For any relationship to survive alcoholism is exceptionally difficult. There is just so much toxic energy that accompanies everything - and that has the potential to create deep, simmering resentments from both sides. Alcoholics are also really good at playing the blame-game and often refuse to take responsibility for their addiction - because by blaming others it gives them the excuse to continue drinking.

But the only way you and your wife are ever going to save your marriage, is if you are both prepared to take responsibility for all the good and bad you've both brought to your relationship. Because without that level of honesty and being prepared to forgive, you have no chance. And so marriage counseling is probably something you'd both need to go to, to facilitate the healing of all those wounds.

That of course all hinges on your both wanting to, and being committed to saving your marriage. But if both of you don't really want that, then best to move on now and make a fresh start. Then you'd need to get yourself a good divorce lawyer to ensure you get a fair a deal as possible.

Hopefully your wife is serious about overcoming her alcoholism, because unless she does, there is no way your marriage would improve in any event and so moving on now, would probably be the best way to go. So I think you need to start by trying to have a real heart-to-heart chat with your wife, and to establish whether both of you really want to make an effort to save your marriage.

If you do, get yourselves into marriage counseling ASAP, and if you don't, try and be as adult and mature as possible in working out your split, because you both have small children to consider and everything must be done with their best interests in mind. This can't be easy for you, but hang in there and trust that in time things will get easier.

Best of Luck and Take Care

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