Lena Aburdene Derhally, MS, LPC

Office: Downtown

Phone Number: (202) 449-3789 x704

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I am a licensed psychotherapist and 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. If you are looking for a more directive approach, I also offer coaching services and more short term therapy. As a working and married mom of children 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.

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.

Please feel free to contact me with inquiries related to any of my services, including speaking engagements and interviews. 

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