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About Angela Sarafin, LMFT

Angela Sarafin was trained at University of  Houston-Clear Lake where she graduated with a Masters of Arts in Behavioral Science - Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007.
 She has worked in both agencies and private practices during her career and has both managed and supervised new therapists.

She felt called by God to pursue a counseling career while she was working in software design at a major petrochemical company.  Although software design and counseling may seem worlds apart, they actually use some of the same skills:  listening to the client in order to understand the big picture, analyzing the places where things are not working optimally, creating a plan to optimize where needed, and providing guidance and support to implement the plan.

Ms. Sarafin holds an evangelical Christian perspective about life.   You do not have to share her beliefs in order to participate in counseling but, if that is an area of life that is important or of concern to you, Ms. Sarafin welcomes spiritual questions and conversations.

Ms. Sarafin has worked with a variety of different clients, but particularly enjoys working with women who feel disconnected in a variety of ways -  struggling to establish deep friendships, feeling that their values are not honored or respected by the broader culture in DC, feeling emotionally  unsafe with others in their workplace due to competition or gossip, feeling lonely, or experiencing a repeating pattern of failed romantic relationships, high conflict family interactions, and unhealthy friendships.

Ms. Sarafin's goal is to help individuals get in touch with the unique and creative parts of themselves again so that they can build healthy and supportive relationships with others.  She is skilled in both traditional talk therapy and in eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). Ms. Sarafin's background in family therapy systems provides a helpful context to understanding what motivates people and how early life experiences can influence our reactions to others as adults.

Frequently asked questions

What is EMDR? 
EMDR stands for eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing.  It can be helpful for a variety of issues including anxiety, past trauma, poor self-esteem, etc.  Learn more at:  

How long is each session?
The usual appointment is 50 minutes in duration.
Most clients attend once a week or every other week.  Once life is more stable, session frequency often decreases to about once a month for accountability and check-in purposes.

Group sessions vary depending on the topic and meeting frequency.  Group meeting information is located on the Services page.

Can I use my insurance?
Counseling services may be covered as part of your out-of-network benefits. 

 Contact your insurance company to find out what percentage they will pay for out-of-network providers.  If they provide some coverage you can submit your invoice to the insurance company for possible reimbursement.

You can use a healthcare savings account debit card to pay for counseling even if your insurance company does not provide reimbursement.

Coaching sessions and workshops are not covered by insurance because they are not recognized treatment for medical conditions.  Check the rules on your HSA card before using it to pay for these services.  You may be required to reimburse the account if the charges are deemed unallowable.