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Melissa Murphy, LCSW-C, LICSW, LCSW, C-DBT

Melissa Murphy

Founder & Clinical Director


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

Warm and empathetic, Melissa Murphy welcomes you with open arms to Bethesda Therapy. As the founder & clinical director, she is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) in Maryland, Washington D.C. & Virginia.

Melissa is a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist (C-DBT) and experienced psychotherapist and couples therapist.

A graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work, Melissa majored in Clinical-Behavioral Health with a sub-specialization in work wellness and Employee Assistance (EAP). With a caring, trauma-informed approach, she excels in giving clients the tools they need to tackle anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms that may be interfering with their path to health and happiness.

Every individual carries a unique story, and Melissa’s mission is to guide you in unraveling the chapters that may be holding you back. Whether you’re grappling with a recent life change or a persistent issue, Melissa’s collaborative, strengths-based perspective empowers you to understand your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Together, you’ll develop a personalized toolbox of strategies, assisting you in managing anxiety, depression, and trauma/PTSD symptoms.

With a specialized focus on treatment for OCD using ERP (the evidence-based, gold-standard treatment for OCD), Melissa’s expertise encompasses anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and PTSD, mood disorders, sexual dysfunction issues, and pelvic pain disorders.

As a Gottman-trained couples therapist, she also has a passion for working with couples navigating the complexities of OCD and anxiety disorders within their relationships. She also has experience treating BFRBs. Melissa finds great fulfillment in offering therapeutic services to fellow therapists and those in helping professions.

Underpinning Melissa’s approach are her advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), both evidence-based treatments for improving mental health.

Melissa Is Licensed to Serve Clients in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia, and Is In-Network with Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), and Carefirst.

  • Maryland Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C, License #26030)
  • Washington, D.C. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW, License #LC200002289)
  • Virginia Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, License #0904014591)
  • Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist (C-DBT), Evergreen Certified (Certification #634165)

Professional Certifications and Special Training

  • Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist (C-DBT)
  • Specialized training in ERP
  • Specialized training in PET for PTSD
  • Gottman Level 1 Certification

Melissa Specializes in:

Interested in an Appointment with a Bethesda Therapy Psychotherapist?

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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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