Uzma  Knouss

Uzma Knouss

Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, LCMFT

Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, afternoon, & evening appointments in Bethesda practice (updated July 08, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Depression
  • Couples counseling
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Uzma Knouss is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Bethesda, MD who specializes in relationship issues, anxiety, depression, couples counseling, stress, and life transitions.

Uzma works with individuals as well as couples, often on issues relating to infidelity and loss of intimacy. She also provides separation and divorce counseling.

For individual clients, Uzma utilizes narrative therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients understand their patterns and behaviors in order to gain perspective and claim authorship within their own lives. When seeing couples, Uzma helps partners make sense of their personal histories in order to help them forge a deeper sense of connection as a unit. Uzma is certified in IMAGO couples therapy, and also uses the Gottman method to help couples promote positive change within the unique dynamic of their relationship. Her practice is open to both queer- and straight-identified couples.

Uzma takes a highly collaborative approach to treatment, checking in frequently on their progress – whether that’s individually or as a couple. She helps clients set goals in the first session, in order to set a clear roadmap for treatment. She warmly welcomes you to her practice.

Message to clients

As a therapist, I believe it is my job is to help clients understand and create meaning of the problems they are experiencing and uncover how these problems are affecting their lives. Together we will learn how to make the changes that you need to in order to live a happier and more fulfilling 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

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

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Young adults (18-24)


Uzma Knouss 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: $180 (50min)
  • Ongoing sessions: $240 (80min)

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Bethesda practice

4905 Del Ray Avenue

Suite 508

Bethesda, MD 20814


  • Mon 1:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Wed 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Thu 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Blue Oak Therapy Center, 2016 - 2018
Frost School, 2013 - 2014

University of Massachusetts-Boston, MS, 2014
University of Sydney, MA, 2001
University of Maryland, BA, 1997