Linda Blackman, LCSW-C

Linda Blackman, LCSW-C


Phone: (240) 447-0384

Locations: Bethesda, MD

Linda Blackman, LCSW-C received her initial training as a Social Worker at Columbia University and holds advanced training in Marital and Family Therapy from the Washington School of Psychiatry. She has over 30 years experience working with couples and families including families where children are diagnosed with eating disorders. She specializes in working with couples who have experienced an affair, are having trouble communicating, and who are arguing all the time. 

Meet Linda Blackman, LCSW-C:
Sometimes we wake up and think “who is this person I fell in love with” or “can we ever stop fighting?” The demands of life’s journey and how we navigate our path together stress and challenge everyone’s relationship. We can quickly lose sight of the positives and find ourselves in despair about the future of our most intimate relationship. Couples counseling can help! I get in there with you and your relationship and help you break negative patterns. We work together on restoring the positive bonds of attachment and connection. My style is authentic and warm – I try to make you feel comfortable and engaged from our very first contact. We work toward positive goals but I have a lifetime of experience facilitating the difficult conversations and work that is sometimes required. I do that as gently and safely as possible. It’s an honor to be invited into the most intimate conversations you and your partner can have and I take great care to help you rekindle the intimacy, trust, and empathy for a lifetime of happiness together.

Lori Shapiro, LCSW-C, LICSW

Lori Shapiro, LCSW-C, LICSW


Phone: (240) 426-9115

Locations: Bethesda, MD | Washington, DC

Lori Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has made helping couples and families her specialty for 20+ years. Her areas of expertise include helping couples overcome infidelity, couples who are “fighting all the time,” and couples who have seen their relationship spark grow stale.  Lori is LGBTQ friendly as well as alternate lifestyle friendly. In addition to being a couples specialist with multiple relationship-focused trainings, Lori is also in the process of becoming a certified sex therapist and is comfortable helping couples explore intimacy and connection.

Meet Lori Shapiro, LCSW-C:
“I like to keep in mind that couples coming in for relationship counseling often arrive both hopeful and fearful at the same time. The distress of our most intimate relationship can cause tremendous anxiety and maybe even despair. I want you to know that whether your relationship has hit a major crisis or just needs a tune up, I’m at home. For over 20 years I’ve been helping families and couples reconnect by rediscovering and building on the strength they make together. Great couples counseling is an art form and I work hard to facilitate an environment that allows for creativity and growth, not a one-size-fits-all approach. My clients describe me as authentic, optimistic, and always fully engaged. I work with you to help relieve the stress weighing on your relationship and help you feel more connected, intimate, and at peace.
I’m very passionate about my work and it brings me great satisfaction when people tell me I’ve provided them with a safe place to heal and connect.”

Dr. Shani Glaudé, PsyD

Dr. Shani Glaudé, PsyD


Phone: (240) 893-2763

Locations: McLean, VA

Dr. Shani Glaudé specializes in couples counseling and marital wellness. Dr. Glaudé holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology along with over 10 years of experience helping couples heal their relationship and find long term success.

I often tell couples, “pay attention to your strengths in order to improve your relationship.” Positive Clinical Psychology allows us to solve problems and strengthen your relationship by focusing more on what you do well rather than emphasizing weakness. Couples who work with me know me as an active counselor and cheerleader for your relationship. While working with a couple I tend to highlight interactions, teach communication skills, and practice with the couple in identifying how they are succeeding in the midst of struggle. Couples appreciate my sense of humor, respect for each person’s experience, honesty during the process, and deep concern for the well-being of the couple. It has been a great joy to watch couple after couple reclaim the hope for their relationship!