Brooke  Bralove

Brooke Bralove

Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, LCSW-C

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Bethesda practice (updated November 26, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Couples counseling
  • Sex therapy

Professional statement

Brooke Bralove is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bethesda, MD who specializes in sex therapy and relationship issues, including divorce and separation. She often sees adults in their 30s and 40s who are facing intimacy concerns, depression and anxiety that are impacting their partnerships, perfectionism and low self-esteem, and parenting concerns.  As a Certified Daring Way Facilitator,™ Brooke’s work is heavily informed by Brené Brown’s research on vulnerability, shame, and empathy.

Brooke’s areas of expertise in sex therapy range from mismatched libido concerns (including low desire in women) to LGBTQIA+ topics. Her work is poly and kink-aware, and she also sees couples. She completed a two-year program through the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

Brooke also specializes in treating trauma and PTSD from a psychodynamic perspective and provides brief treatment in Accelerated Resolution Therapy,™ which is an evidence-based therapy that works directly to reprogram the way distressing memories and images are stored in the brain, so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions.

Brooke has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. Her office is located in downtown Bethesda, a short walk from the Bethesda Metro, where she looks forward to meeting you.


Message to clients

Through psychotherapy, every person has the capacity to grow and change and live the life they’ve always imagined. I can help you recognize and alter patterns in your life, develop new skills to enhance your relationships with family, friends, and partners, and move toward greater joy and personal fulfillment.


Specialties

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Sex therapy - Addressing emotional, physical, and biological concerns related to sexual intimacy and functioning; education and skill building around topics such as erectile dysfunction, orgasms, low libido, shame, and history of abuse; improving communication to realize a fulfilling sex life


General expertise


Insurance

Brooke Bralove is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $225 (45min)
  • Initial session: $225 (45min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $300 (60min)

Therapist's note

Brooke can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Bethesda practice

4940 Hampden Lane

Suite 212

Bethesda, MD 20814

Hours
  • Mon 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 7:30am-3:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2004-Present


Languages

  • English

Therapy Groups

Brooke  Bralove
Women's Long-Term Psychotherapy Group

This weekly process group consists of women in their 30s and 40s with relationship issues, anxiety, or depression who want to explore their interpersonal dynamics in a more thoughtful way. The focus is on the "here and now" of clients' interaction...

Brooke  Bralove
Daring Greatly™ Women's Weekend Intensive

This weekend can help you:<br>• Embrace your vulnerabilities and imperfections<br>• Cultivate courage, compassion, and connection<br>• Recognize that you are “enough”<br>• Develop the belief that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy<br>...

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