About Me

Thank you for taking the first step to making a difference. My name is Orly Katz. I am a professional counselor in MD specializing in couple counseling for over a decade. I have advanced and ongoing training in a verity of couple counseling approaches and theories. In my practice I will hear you, understand you and use my advanced training to customize an individual/couple plan to address your issues. I will provide you with the tools to manage future issues, way after we conclude counseling. Ask me about the different approaches and research related to couple counseling.

My passion for relationships and couple counseling stems from my life’s experience, on the job exposure and advanced continuing education.

My professional background started in the late 1970s as a nurse-midwife in Israel. In 1985, I immigrated to the USA and continued working as a maternal child nurse. Although nursing was rewarding, I felt that my work was missing a vital mental health component, that I believed was integral to a holistic approach that I wished to provide for my clients.

I later obtained an education in counseling, where I focused on relationships and couples. I facilitated support groups for new mothers, new parents, and worked with children and incarcerated women. My work with a diverse population and in different cultures taught me to accept people without judgment.

My pursuit for the most current, research based approaches motivates me to continuously take advanced classes and trainings, and to read and participate in forums and discussions. This ongoing learning process keeps me updated, while refining and expanding my therapeutic approach.

In my practice, I strive to provide you with the most empathetic, yet objective environment where you feel heard, respected and validated. Together, we will collaborate to customize a plan and provide you with the most tested, up to date tools and techniques to get to your desired wish. Your input and feedback are crucial to our work together.

What sets me apart from other therapists?

Style: My roles as a wife and mother, life experience as an immigrant and professional background all work together by deepening my value and respect for people. I view my clients with great perspective, which allows me to balance an empathetic technique with understanding. With this approach, I am better able to provide clients with direct and straight forward therapy. Clients tend to value this way of “not sugar coating”, or “not hiding behind the bush”.

Clients’ Comments: “This is exactly what I need.”

Specialty: Focusing on relationships and couple counseling, I am known for getting to the root of the issue faster and assisting my clients in customizing the best therapy for them, through educating them on worthwhile, tested approaches. Clients value this method of “nailing it”, or “getting it”.

Clients’ comments: “Coming here is like going to an ivy league school”.

Client Led Discussion: Together with my clients we continue to evaluate the therapeutic process. I guide my clients to set their pace and progress with confidence and trust. They feel empowered.

Clients’ comments: “It feels good, I am hopeful,” and “We have a road map--we are not going to be in therapy forever”.

I look forward to working with you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Communication Problems , Infidelity , Midlife Crisis , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Hebrew


Licensing

LCPC #LC3838 (Expires: 2023-01-31)

LPC #0701008537 (Expires: 2021-06-30)

LCPC #CP1229-R (Expires: 2022-01-01)

LPC #PRC15432 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Reviews

Written by R.A. on Jun 16, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Orly does a great job of helping me and my partner communicate, especially during moments of conflict. She takes her time with us to make sure that we are growing together as a couple.

Written by C.A. on May 18, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Orly is patient, engaging and insightful. My spouse and I have used her suggestions and improved our communication and understanding of each other.

Written by L.A. on May 18, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Orly is very knowledgeable in the area of couples counseling. It's obvious that she's been in the field for years by the way she is able to quickly get to the heart of an issue and the way she holds both people accountable for their actions. She is very direct, but in a supportive way that helps us to both feel heard and validated. We're lucky to have come across someone of her caliber in this forum!

Written by R.O. on Apr 18, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

Orly is really professional and and great listener. She really understand where to investigate without need to open pointless path. She is kind and nice, not judging and open to different serious topics. I do recommend her

Written by J.E. on Apr 13, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Orly was there for me when I felt like I didn’t know how to maneuver my life. She kindly learned my challenges, strengths and the direction I wanted to head but needed guidance. Orly took time to listen and then would offer helpful feedback. Just having someone there to listen was extremely helpful to my personal growth. I liked how she gave me tools to move with confidence, ease and eloquence through difficult encounters with those around me. With Orly I felt heard, respected, cared for and most of all loved. You can tell there is a strong foundation of knowledge grounding Orly. She’s excellent and I give her 10 out of 10 recommend. Thank you Orly!!

Written by A.L. on Feb 16, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 9 months on issues concerning relationship

Orly is very organized and has great insight!Even when it seems like nothing is “wrong” she finds a way to keep us engaged and working towards better communication. I appreciate her wisdom.

Written by K.A. on Feb 14, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

I appreciate her honesty and feedback! She doesn’t beat around the bush, just gets straight to the point. I feel like she’s a great fit for us!

Written by S.E. on Feb 12, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 9 months on issues concerning relationship

Orly is fantastic on multiple levels.

Written by A.S. on Jan 05, 2021 after counseling with Orly for 1 year on issues concerning relationship

She has been a true blessing to helping my husband and I rebuild our marriage.

Written by A.L. on Nov 09, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Thank you for helping us. We appreciate the ability to discuss issues in a neutral way.

Written by B.R. on Aug 09, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 1 year on issues concerning relationship

She is fabulous. Orly understands my needs and offers a wide variety of therapy techniques to help me move forward.

Written by L.A. on Jul 27, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 10 months on issues concerning relationship

I’m blessed to have her. She makes us feel comfortable and open. She is A awesome person

Written by Q.U. on May 05, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very pleased with Orly Katz as my couple's counselor. Find the discussions and tools (e.g. couple's games) helpful. Would recommend.

Written by M.O. on May 04, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Very accommodating :)

Written by G.O. on Oct 29, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

She’s excellent.

Written by W.H. on Jul 22, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I appreciate that Orly uses reflection of feelings to validate mine and my partner's feelings. I think it helps both of us recognize the main issues without getting caught in the small things. She is excellent at comprehending the overall message I am trying to express to my partner. It makes me feel like she really "gets" me. I am also pleasantly surprised that she is able to validate both my and my partners perceptions at the same time, even if they are conflicting. I have never experienced this in therapy before and greatly appreciate it.