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Welcome to Bethesda Therapy

A Therapist Healing Mental Health
Bethesda Therapy is a private telehealth psychotherapy practice serving Maryland, Washington D.C. & Virginia that specializes in helping people with individual therapy, couple’s therapy, family therapy, OCD & ERPanxiety disorders, depression & mood disorders, ADHD, phobias, trauma/PTSD & vaginismus.
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A Holistic Approach Informed by DBT & OCD Treatment Principles

Melissa Murphy, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW, C-DBTOur practice was founded by Melissa Murphy, a caring mental health professional with a strong interest in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This passion shapes our approach, infusing our services with thoughtful, evidence-based strategies that help our clients achieve meaningful change. We are deeply committed to providing trauma-informed care to every individual we serve. Recognizing the profound and lasting effects of trauma, our goal is to be a sanctuary where safety and compassion are paramount. We don’t just aim to help you heal; we strive to be a constant source of support that enables you to thrive in all aspects of your life.

We’re thrilled you’re here and can’t wait to join you on your transformative journey toward well-being.

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At Bethesda Therapy, we warmly welcome clients from all spiritual and religious backgrounds, ethnicities, and identities. 

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Located in Bethesda, Maryland

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Bethesda Therapy serves clients across Maryland, Washington D.C., & Virginia.

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Virtual Telehealth Only Practice

As a dedicated Virtual Telehealth Only Practice, we’re bringing compassionate care to your doorstep.

New Class Available

  • 60-minute class
  • Mondays between 4-5:00 pm
  • April 8 - May 13, 2024
Class Instructor: Emily Star, LMSW/LGSW

Embark on a transformative journey with Bethesda Therapy’s ‘Disentangle: An OCD Skills Class‘. This engaging 60-minute weekly telehealth course, guided by OCD expert Emily Star, LGSW/LMSW, blends innovative Inference-based CBT and ACT techniques. Tailored for adults in Maryland and D.C., it equips you with effective strategies to manage OCD symptoms and reduce compulsions.

We're Here to Help

Did you know that it takes an average of 14 to 17 years from the time OCD begins for people to find the right treatment— and that Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the gold standard treatment for OCD? If you’ve tried talk therapy for OCD and it hasn’t worked, we can help.
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the world, with more than 31% of all people struggling with an anxiety disorder at some point in time. Anxiety can be miserable to live with— but it is treatable. You’re in the right place.
Nearly 10% of Americans are facing depression and mood disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder, and Persistent Depressive Disorder. You’re not alone, as these conditions are increasingly common, highlighting the need for support.
PTSD can disrupt your entire life. It can make it hard to function and may impact you every day in some way. Life can start to feel unbearable. Six out of every 100 people will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lifetime. We’re here to support you and help you heal.
Research indicates that couples therapy can significantly improve relationship satisfaction: according to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, over 98% of couples surveyed reported that they benefited from the support they received.

Meet Our Therapists

Melissa
Murphy

Founder & Clinical Director

LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW, C-DBT

Sees Clients In:
Maryland, Washington D.C. & Virginia

Melissa Murphy, the Founder and Clinical Director at Bethesda Therapy, is a licensed and highly experienced Clinical Social Worker. Her warm, empathetic approach offers a comforting gateway to effective therapy for diverse needs in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Emily
Star

Psychotherapist

LMSW, LGSW

Sees Clients In:
Maryland & Washington D.C.

Emily Star, a compassionate and skilled Licensed Master Social Worker, expertly guides individuals towards improved well-being, specializing in anxiety, OCD, and trauma recovery, while integrating mindfulness and yoga practices for holistic healing.

Brandy
Walker

Psychotherapist

LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW

Sees Clients In:
Maryland, Washington D.C. & Virginia

Brandy Walker brings an understanding and courageous touch to therapy, focusing on adolescent and adult mental health. As a licensed social worker in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

 

Naeem
Thompson

Psychotherapist

LMSW

Sees Clients In:
Maryland

Naeem Thompson’s approach at Bethesda Therapy is transformative, blending education and trauma-informed perspectives. His holistic methods, licensed in social work, promise growth and resilience through life’s challenges.

 

Morgan
Russo

PsychotherapisT

LGMFT

Sees Clients In:
Maryland

At Bethesda Therapy, Morgan Russo excels in guiding through relationship complexities and emotional wellness. As a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist, her commitment is evident in facilitating couples’ connection and individual emotional management.

Megan
Gray

PsychotherapisT

LCPC, LPC, NCC, CCMHC

Sees Clients In:
Maryland & Virginia

Join Megan Gray at Bethesda Therapy for a compassionate journey toward mental wellness. Specializing in anxiety, mood disorders, and perinatal health, Megan combines innovative therapy with empathetic care to guide you towards healing and growth in Maryland.

Mary Alice Reilly

PsychotherapisT

LMSW, LGSW

Sees Clients In:
Maryland & Washington D.C.

Mary Alice is eager to support you in building a more fulfilling, peaceful, and joyful life. Specializing in a compassionate, evidence-based approach, she empowers clients facing anxiety, depression, and life’s challenges. Embrace your journey towards growth with Mary Alice.

Join Our Therapy Team

PsychotherapisTS Wanted

Are you a therapist licensed in Maryland, Washington, D.C. or Virginia?

Enjoy competitive compensation, flexible scheduling, and full autonomy over your client relationships. We offer a fully virtual practice, eliminating commuting hassles and enabling you to focus on delivering top-tier care.

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What Colleagues Say About Us

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Rose Bleiweis

LCSW-C

Melissa is determined, hard-working, and provides a range of therapeutic interventions. She is committed to professional development to further her clinical skills.

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Jen Lodico

LCSW-C

Melissa’s skillset was empowering to work with. She is professional and supportive. Melissa is a fantastic therapist who I cannot recommend enough!
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Beth Cocker

LCSW-C

Melissa Murphy is a wonderful therapist. She is kind, non-judgmental and empathetic. She truly understands her client’s needs and takes into account the whole-person. I do not hesitate to refer clients to Melissa and enjoy collaborating with her on cases. She is an excellent therapist with expertise in anxiety, depression, and OCD.

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