Lena Aburdene Derhally, MS, LPC

Lena Aburdene Derhally

Lena Aburdene Derhally

Office: Downtown

Phone Number: (202) 449-3789 x704

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I am a licensed and certified Imago relationship therapist and I specialize in working with young professionals. I offer individual, couples and group therapy. My areas of expertise focus on all relational and relationship issues at any stage: singles, unmarried couples, engaged couples (premarital counseling), married couples and couples with children. I also specialize in treating anxiety and panic attacks incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, difficult life transitions, grief and work place issues. In addition to my work with individuals and couples, I run a weekly women’s support group for young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s called “Quarter Life Crisis Plus 10.” As a working and married mom of 2 kids under 5 years old, I understand the unique challenges many men and women in Washington DC are facing and help my clients navigate the complexities of work-life balance in a transient city. I am published in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post and more and I work with the women’s organization Bossed Up as the featured Love and Relationships speaker to help women achieve healthy work-life balance and positive and fulfilling relationships.

Below is a list of more in depth list of issues I help individuals and couples with, as well as the Wednesday night group I run. Please feel free to contact me for any more information you would like me to provide.

Individual Therapy

  • Anxiety, panic attacks
  • Issues with self esteem, assertiveness, boundary setting
  • Relationship issues (with a romantic partner, family member, friend, colleague, boss, etc)
  • Dating issues (helping discover underlying patterns that contribute to the choices we make, finding the right partner, becoming a more mindful and conscious dater)
  • Navigating difficult life transitions and changes
  • Grief Counseling (death, divorce, end of a relationship, loss of job, end of a friendship, moving)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Imago Relationship Therapy for singles`

Couples Therapy

I am a certified Imago relationship therapist and couples work with me on some or all of the following:

  • They are struggling to stay connected and are having trouble dealing with conflict
  • They want to work on their communication skills
  • They are at a crossroads in the relationship and want to know if they should take the next steps in their relationship or go their separate ways
  • They would like to learn practical relationship skills to help increase connection, fulfillment and intimacy
  • They would like to understand deeper patterns and dynamics that are contributing to their issues
  • Premarital counseling

While the outcome of couples counseling is not necessarily to stay together, many couples I work with have a renewed strength and bond in their relationship and many go on to get engaged, married or enjoy deeper fulfillment in their relationship.

I help each couple understand themselves and their partner better while addressing relationship dynamics, communication issues, and underlying patterns that contribute to conflict. I am also a strong believer in teaching and education. I think it is important that couples understand the theory, science and research in the field of relationships. I teach couples skills and give them applicable tools that they can refer back to whenever they need to.

I am trained in Imago relationship therapy. This means I have completed the education and worked with couples using Imago post graduate school. Imago is a specialized focus and is a unique and highly effective way to work with singles and couples.

Group Therapy

I currently run a weekly women’s support group on Wednesday evenings in Dupont Circle. This group is for young professional unmarried women in their 20’s and 30’s looking to explore issues related to relationships, career, life purpose and meaning, identity, self esteem and confidence in a confidential, safe and supportive environment. Group is the perfect place to feel supported by others going through similar experiences while also having a dynamic therapeutic experience to practice relational skills and get feedback. The group is ongoing and meets every week. For more information please go here.

Education, Experience and More

I have a Masters degree in Counseling from Loyola College and a Masters in Communications from Fordham University. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Lehigh University.

I have worked in many clinical settings, including my current practice with the Imago Center of Washington DC since 2011. I have worked with the homeless and mentally ill at Catholic Charities, in Palliative Care at St. Agnes Hospital and in patient services at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Johns Hopkins Oncology.

    Recent Posts

  • How to Choose the Right Couples Therapist - Many of the couples I see in my practice are surprisingly not in couples therapy for the first time. In some cases they felt the therapy wasn’t working and they wanted to try a different approach, in other cases they had a bad experience but were still committed to making … Continue reading
  • How to talk to kids about sexual abuse, and how you can help prevent it - One of my clients came into my office one day for a last-minute appointment and he sounded anxious. I had been working with him as his psychotherapist for several months and we had just started to delve into some deeper issues as our therapeutic bond became stronger. It was in that session, … Continue reading
  • Few Safe Spaces Post Election - Post US Presidential election, depending on where you live in the country, there are few safe spaces where people feel they can voice their real feelings. This is not just about the presidential candidates but views of government, policy and general grievances about the many injustices and suffering that has … Continue reading
  • The Growing Problem of Social Isolation and What to Do About It - A client sat across from me in my office sobbing. “I feel so lonely” she finally said after she collected herself. This particular woman has a lot of friends and a successful career- how could someone as bright and friendly as her feel lonely? This woman is not alone – … Continue reading
  • A Few Quick Fixes For Your Relationship - One of my favorite articles as of late highlights the research of John Gottman. You can read Masters of Love in The Atlantic. If you want the cliff notes version, it compares successful couples with unsuccessful couples (masters vs. disasters). What the research found was that successful couples exhibit kindness … Continue reading

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