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Welcome to Our Practice

We are open and accepting new clients. We are providing all services via Telehealth at this time. We are here for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Thank you, Darina and Mara

Darina Alban, MSW, LCSW-C

Accepting new Couple Clients and Individual Clients

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (license 13264) with over 16 years of professional experience as a psychotherapist specializing in relationship counseling and intensive couple therapy known as Marathon Therapy. In therapy I use only evidence based approaches to help couples secure and repair their relationships. I’m Certified in Gottman Method Couple Therapy, have extensive training in EFT – Emotionally Focused Therapy and PACT – Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy.  I have been married for 18 years and have two daughters. Prior working for Baltimore Relationship Institute, I worked as a staff psychotherapist at Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and prior to becoming a therapist I worked as a shock trauma nurse.

Training in Marriage Therapy:

  • Certified Gottman Therapist – Gottman Institute, Seattle WA
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy – the International Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy – Ottawa, Ca
  • Core Skills Training in EFT – Center for EFT Philadelphia
  • PACT – Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy – PACT Institute, CA
  • Treating Trauma and Affairs Training – Gottman Institute, Seattle
  • Working with Complex Couples Training – Gottman Institute Seattle
  • Art and Science of Love Workshop Leader – Gottman Institute, Seattle
  • Certified Seven Principles Workshop Leader, Gottman Institute, Seattle
  • Sex as a Safe Adventure Training –  NY Center for EFT

Education:

University of Maryland, Baltimore – Master of Social Work, 2004

My Goals as your Therapist:

My goal is to provide you with the most up to date treatment that is available. As a therapist I believe that specializing in couple therapy helps me to be more precise in identifying and understanding what is happening in your relationship.

Your relationship is my number one priority. I will work hard to support both clients in the relationship and I will always advocate for your relationship.


Mara Katz LCSW-C

Accepting new Couple Clients and Individual Clients

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License 15144) with over 15 years of experience. I have worked in various settings since 2004. I’m trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, treatment of complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, Critical Incident Stress Management, and am an approved supervisor for Graduate level Social Workers. Prior to graduate school I worked with victims of domestic violence in various capacities. As a therapist, I bring a wide range of experience and a diverse skill set to address the issues brought by the client or clients, working collaboratively to develop and implement an effective treatment plan. I bring an understanding of the significance of early relationships and their impact on the present and use an interactive style to both understand meaning and teach effective and applicable skills to improve functioning in relationship and reduce suffering and distress.

Training in Marriage Therapy:

  • Gottman Method Couple Therapy, Levels I, II – Gottman Institute, Seattle, WA
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy – Philadelphia Center for EFT
  • PACT – Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy Training- PACT Institute, CA
  • Core skills training in Emotionally Focused Therapy – Philadelphia Center for EFT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training – Treatment Implementation Collaborative at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems
  • Treatment of Complex PTSD Training – International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and Sheppard Pratt Trauma Disorders Program
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Training – International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Approved Supervisor by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Treating Trauma and Affairs Training – Gottman Institute, Seattle, WA

Education:

University of Maryland, Baltimore – Masters of Social Work, 2004

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY – Bachelor of Arts, Concentration: Peace Studies

My Goal as your therapist:

Whether you are entering into a new relationship, maintaining a long-term relationship, navigating a crisis in a relationship, or working individually to determine next steps, my primary goal is to support you and your relationship goals. Drawing on a variety of treatment models, I view each individual and couple as unique in their experiences and needs and I strive to tailor treatment to build on your strengths to facilitate change and growth.


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