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Emily Star, LMSW, LGSW
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Emily Star

Psychotherapist

LMSW, LGSW​

Sees Clients In: Maryland & Washington D.C.

Emily Star is a deeply compassionate & dedicated Licensed Master Social Worker, serving clients in both Maryland & Washington D.C. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Emily brings a wealth of knowledge & understanding to her work, guiding individuals on their paths to well-being.

Emily has successfully provided therapeutic support to clients in outpatient settings, helping them manage life stressors, forge healthy relationships and boundaries, and navigate the intricacies of depression & mood disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, substance use, and body image concerns.

Emily possesses a specialization in treating OCD, phobias, and anxiety. Under her expert guidance, clients discover how to navigate their challenges by:

  • Utilizing their senses to quell obsessional doubt through tools from Inference-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT).
  • Embracing the practice of tolerating uncertainty and accepting thoughts and feelings, made possible by engaging in exposure therapy/ERP and using techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Implementing mindfulness, relaxation, and emotion regulation skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to self-soothe and find inner peace.

A certified yoga and mindfulness instructor since 2011, Emily’s therapeutic style is deeply intertwined with the principles of compassion and routine inherent in these practices. She excels at customizing breathing and movement practices for her clients, facilitating the integration of these techniques into their daily lives.

These approaches foster self-awareness and can help significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain. This skillset is especially beneficial for clients dealing with intimacy issues, as it enables them to break the cycle of overwhelm and pave the path towards receptivity and connection.

Emily’s expertise extends to clients who are grappling with the lingering impacts of past traumas on their everyday lives. Emily has experience treating BFRBs. She provides both individual and couples therapy sessions.

Emily Star Is Licensed to Serve Clients in Maryland and Washington D.C. and Is In-Network with Cigna, BCBS, and Carefirst.

  • Maryland Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW, License #13066). Supervisor: Kate Dansie, LCSW-C
  • Washington, D.C. Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW, License #LG50083599). Supervisor: Cristina Cunha-Strasser, LCSW-C

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For Individual Therapy We Accept:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carefirst & Anthem
  • Cigna & Evernorth
  • Private Pay ($185 intake and $175 Ongoing Sessions)

For Couples Therapy We Only Accept Private Pay, here's why.
  • Private Pay ($185 intake and $175 Ongoing Sessions)


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