Meet Orly Katz
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”.
Collaboration with Other Health Care Practitioners:
In order to provide you with optimum care, I collaborate with other health care practitioners that complement each other’s counseling services. Examples of other professionals include therapists who specialize in eating disorders, children, adoption, addictions and more.
Clients’ comments: “Thank you for referring me to this specialist, I feel like I am in good hands.”
Resource Library: By having an expansive library of current, research based resources, I provide my clients with rich, practical tools, exercises and techniques to add to their toolbox. My clients continue to practice what we discuss in therapy, at home. They gain knowledge that helps them manage future challenges.
Clients’ comments: “We could go back to this exercise whenever we want,” and “I am glad we have something to refer to.”
Convenience: I offer online, convenient scheduling and a friendly office staff who are available to assist you. I offer weeknight and weekend appointments and secure online email and counseling.
Clients value these features: “It is comforting knowing that I can look at the schedule at 2:00am when I cannot sleep and get to see you the following day.”
To start benefiting today from couple and relationship counseling contact me through our secure email or schedule an appointment. For your convenience we have evenings and weekends available or an online counseling for the residents of MD. We also offer 24/7 online scheduling or friendly office staff that is available to assist you during business hours.
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- National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
- MD chapter of Counseling Association (MCA)
- International Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEFT)
- Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA)
- BA in Nursing, Tel Aviv University, Israel
- MSc in Maternal Child Nursing, University of MD
- MSc in Counseling, Johns Hopkins University
Certifications and advanced courses:
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC),
- Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home™ certified educator
- Gottman’s Couples Therapy™ (Levels I, II and III)
- Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work™
- Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) with Dr. Sue Johnson and senior EFT trainers
- Prepare Enrich Pre-Marital™ certified counselor
- Certified clinical supervisor