"I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival."

-Audre Lorde

Stephanie Martinez, LGMFT

Therapist at Bethesda Counseling Services

I am a Texas native, raised by a loud and loving family. I take pride in these roots because they have helped me form a deep passion for helping others understand the impact that their own family roots have on their life and interpersonal relationships. I firmly believe that understanding the impact of these roots can lead to healthier and stronger relationships with ourselves, our partners, and our families.

I work with clients from adolescence to adulthood. I seek to provide a trusting and non-judgemental space for my clients that allows them to express themselves freely and learn more about themselves openly through the process. I will work collaboratively with you to discover or reignite inner strengths to utilize in dealing with life’s stresses and challenged challenges. I see myself as a companion on my clients’ journey towards their goals and will be with you through every step of the way!

In my work with couples, I emphasize empathy as a core part of the therapeutic experience, so you will feel validated by your partner and have the space to learn how to hear and understand your partner better. With couples, I believe in building a strong foundation of friendship and emotional connection.

My favorite things to do when not doing therapy include running, mastering my cooking skills, and going to the movies. 


Clinical Degree: Licensed graduate marriage and family therapist 

Additional Trainings: Trained in play therapy and certified facilitator of the PREPARE/ENRICH program.

Availability: I am not accepting new clients at this time

*Stephanie works as an independent contractor at BCS

Call today at 240-225-0522

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