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Mara Gutierrez(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Washington DC
Highly Sensitive People- Trauma- Depression- Anxiety - Life transitions-Race & cultural identity-

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Professional statement

Mara Gutierrez is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker located in Washington DC. Mara is passionate about helping individuals explore their emotional pain as a way of finding a greater, more meaningful connection with themselves and those around them. Many of her clients are INFJ personality types, empaths, and highly-sensitive people who feel deeply and often try to overthink their way out of those intense emotions. She brings a multicultural and inclusive approach to helping clients get in touch with their most authentic, confident, and compassionate Self.

In sessions, Mara guides her clients to explore different parts of themselves and understand the valuable role they have played in ensuring safety and protection. By paying attention to discomfort and discovering the root causes of symptoms, Mara supports clients achieve a better emotional, physical, spiritual, and relationship health.

Mara earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University. She has additional certification in Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Breathwork Healing, and Jungian Sandtray Therapy. Her intentional, reflective approach to therapy leaves clients feeling more in-touch with their minds and bodies and empowers them to move past their emotional pain.

Message to clients

You feel a lot. You feel deeply and cycle through emotions faster than most. This intensity in feelings can also cloud your mind to the point of physical illness and emotional numbness. Our work together can help you look within and make sense of what feels like a tangled mess of emotions. Using feelings as feedback, we hold space for intense emotions and explore painful wounds, maladaptive behaviors, and limiting beliefs created by those wounds.

I don’t prescribe to tips and tricks looking to minimize or ignore our pain as I believe we can never be free from anything we desperately avoid. Instead, I strive to guide my clients to pay attention and listen to what the discomfort might be trying to tell us. I am committed to my own Self-discovery because I know the more inner work I do, the better I am at guiding others to do the same.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

The Healing Exhale - Private Practice, Owner/Therapist
Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Therapist

IFS Institute, IFS Level 2 Practitioner, 2022
IFS Institute, IFS Level 1 Practitioner, 2021
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), MDMA Therapy Training, 2021


Washington DC: LC50082582


English, Spanish


Highly Sensitive People - Exploring ways to navigate life as a highly sensitive person; feelings of overwhelm, loneliness, and inadequacy.

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

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)

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity


  • Adults (24+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Mara Gutierrez is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$225 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Client testimonials

"She was very thorough and helpful!"
- Zencare client September 2021