The Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) therapists at the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy provide mental health therapy and education for distressed couples, families, and individuals in order to restore a sense of well-being, create healthy relationships, and build strong bonds between all family members.  

The Clinicians working at the WBCEFT help partners, families, and individuals create better communication, achieve and experience emotional clarity, and to increase the trust, security, and comfort within couple and family interactions.

In relationships struggling with tension, conflict, and fear, the clinicians at WBCEFT help reduce these qualities and find mutual validation, shared understanding, and heart-felt empathy.

WBCEFT gives couples and families the skills and tools necessary to create ongoing, lasting improvements at home, with those who matter most.

If you are interested in learning more about the therapy offered at WBCEFT or you have questions about therapy, please feel free to email


To schedule an appointment with a therapist, please email

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"Relationship distress is the single most common reason for seeking therapy. It undermines family functioning and is strongly associated with depression, anxiety disorders, and alcoholism.  EFT for couples offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process for healing distressed relationships.  EFT recognizes that relationship distress results from a perceived threat to basic adult needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships.  This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative patterns of interaction.  Through a series of nine steps, the therapist leads the couple away from conflict deadlock into new bonding patterns. Over the past 30 years, Sue Johnson and her colleagues have developed and rigorously researched this short-term approach in couples therapy.  It is now one of the best delineated and empirically validated approaches in the field of couples therapy."

- Quoted from brochure produced by International Centre For Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).



Dr. Kathryn Rheem, Director

Kathryn is a Certified EFT trainer, supervisor & therapist. She has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. She has been a student of EFT since 2002, has been using this empirically-validated approach exclusively in private practice since 2005, and continues to study and learn the model daily. 

Kathryn trains and presents EFT regularly at many locations in U.S. including the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, AAMFT Annual Conference, state divisions of AAMFT, and EFT Summit and has taught EFT in Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and Germany.

She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma numerous times. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers. Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in December 2012.


Kathryn Rheem: (703) 283-7570

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Melissa Peters,LCSW, Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor

Melissa is an Independent Contractor at WBCEFT. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working as a mental health therapist, advocate, and educator. Throughout her career as an LCSW she has specialized in working with couples and families, gaining a wide range of clinical experience in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment, and private practice. She is the co-founder of Mend Couples Therapy. She has a special passion and interest in helping couples heal from infidelity and attachment injuries. She can be reached at

Jill Soyka, LCSW, Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor

Jill is an Independent Contractor at WBCEFT with over 20 years of experience working with teens, adults, and families in inpatient, outpatient, community mental health and private practice settings. She specializes in helping couples and families in conflict and has a passion for helping people live healthy, balanced, and connected lives. She is the co-founder of Mend Couples Therapy. Jill has management and supervisory experience, and contributes to the professional community by sharing her knowledge and experience with colleagues in formal and informal settings. She can be reached at

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Angela Fowler-Hurtado, LCSW, Certified EFT Therapist, Independent Contractor at WBCEFT

Angela has worked as a psychotherapist with individuals, couples and families for over 10 years.  She is passionate about creating and facilitating healthy relationships within self, couples and families.  Along with private practice, Angela has been a therapist in a number of mental health settings including a family counseling center, a teen parent program, and a women's homeless shelter.  She has also been a presenter with the Upside Down Organization (UDO), an organization that provides dynamic learning experiences for child-serving professionals.  Angela is the founder and creator of The Space Between Counseling in Washington DC where she has provided trauma and relationship focused therapy to individuals and couples.

Angela, offers therapy in English and Spanish, loves using EFT with couples. She brings deep compassion for couples who are in the process of working on their relationship and considers it an honor to join with a couple as they build, restore or renew deep and healing relationships. 

You can reach Angela by emailing her at

Emily Margaret Brown, M.S. MFT Resident

WBCEFT is proud to offer reduced fee therapy provided by Marriage & Family Therapy Resident Emily M. Brown. Emily has a Master's of Science in Human Development and is supervised by Dr. Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, Director of WBCEFT, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor and International Trainer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Emily received her Master's degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech in 2016. Emily provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families to strengthen relational bonds, develop skills to improve communication, and enhance emotional closeness. She has a deep appreciation for the strength and vulnerability that clients bring and expresses that in the room by providing a safe space for each client. Emily creates a supportive environment of empathy, trust, confidence and success when working with her clients. In other settings, Emily has worked with individuals, couples and families across developmental stages dealing with various issues. You can reach her

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Nicole Zens, MFT Intern

Nicole is completing the final year of her M.S. degree in Human Development/MFT at Virginia Tech, and she's been providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families at WBCEFT since February 2018. Nicole has completed the Externship in EFT, EFT + Addictions Training and will continue with Core Skills and other EFT training as she implements the model more and more in her work with families and couples under the supervision of Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, AAMFT-Approved Supervisor.

A Southern California native, Nicole attended the University of San Diego where she earned a double Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Visual Arts. During this time, Nicole also realized her passion for Marriage and Family Therapy through an internship with an LMFT. Here, Nicole was introduced to a variety of therapy models as she observed individual and couple therapy sessions and saw first-hand how good therapy changes people's lives. You can reach Nicole by emailing



Kathryn Rheem, Falls Church

Jack C. Childers,  Leesburg

Robin Cohen, Herndon                              703-625-4836

Leigh Conant, Falls Church

Sarah Cook, Alexandria

Annmarie Early, Harrisonburg

Ana Lastra-Abromavage, Leesburg

Janine Murphy-Neilson, Fairfax              703-596-4205    

LuAnn C. Oliver, Springfield

Melissa Peters, Falls Church

Jill Soyka, Falls Church  





Reena Bernards, Kensington

Dyer P. Bilgrave, Baltimore                        443-562-8331        

Marie Caterini Choppin, Silver Spring    410-235-6588

Ann-Marie Codori, Baltimore                      410-235-6588

Carol H. Corcoran, Severna Park

Eileen Epstein, Baltimore

Mark Goldberg, Baltimore                          443-835-6991

Linda Hellmann, Towson

Carol Kutzer, Silver Spring

Larry Letich, Frederick/N. Bethesda        240-315-8100

Beth Levine, Rockville

Laurie McNeil, Frederick                              301-788-1612                        

Sara Phillips, Ellicott City 410-696-2183

Yula Ponticas, Towson

Lee Schneyer, Rockville

Mayer Solomon, Silver Spring

Douglas Tilley, Annapolis                             410-268-4072

Neil Weissman, Lutherville                         410-321-7980

Flori Willard, Ellicott City                          410-733-8804

Washington, DC


Angela Fowler-Hurtado, Washington, DC

Robert Hartford, Washington, DC

Carol Kutzer, Washington, DC                    301-565-0436

Jette Simon, Washington, DC                      202-244-7990