How We Can Help

Perhaps you are planning to marry, looking to improve your marriage, or trying to decide whether or not to remain in your current romantic relationship.


We have had the privilege of helping many people work through these and other challenges in order to build happier, healthier lives.


Our specialties include couples therapy, addressing infidelity, adjusting to break-ups, relationship skill-building, communication enhancement, navigating divorce, self-esteem building, and pre-marital counseling.


Elisabeth also works with family businesses and closely held corporations to improve workplace dynamics, enhance communication skills and optimize performance.


— Elisabeth Joy LaMotte, founder


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What We Do

Help You Improve Your Relationships
We teach concrete relationship skills that help clients build stronger, happier, more intimate relationships with family, friends and romantic partners.


If you are experiencing a difficult break-up, a divorce, or the painful discovery of infidelity, we will help you work through the many levels of loss that are common to such challenges. We help our clients find opportunities for growth in spite of these painful scenarios.


If you want to improve your marriage or seek pre-marital counseling, our approach considers each partner as an essential player in the relationship’s strengths and challenges. We teach relevant psychological theories to help you work on both yourself and your relationships.


Help You Achieve Your Goals
Whether you are looking to build self-esteem, become a better communicator, manage anxiety or relieve depression, we work with clients to set concrete goals and take clear steps to achieve them. In addition, we help clients gain insights necessary to improve their lives.


We suggest resources so that the therapy is happening not just in our office, but outside of the office, in your lives. To this end, specific books, films, web sites and articles are suggested and tailored to the needs and interests of each client.

One of the signature aspects of our practice is that we suggest books and films that are specific to our clients’ interests and concerns. For many years, we have integrated these resources into our therapy, and our clinical experience has been that the use of appropriate films and books enhances the effectiveness of therapy. New research has validated the clinical benefits of our approach. You can find out more in this report from the New York Times. In February, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Elisabeth was honored to have the opportunity to present strategies for this approach at the annual conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

In the News...

In April, 2018, The New York Times published Elisabeth’s letter to the editor about Facebook use and social media consumption. In January, Elisabeth’s article about news consumption was featured on the homepage of The Washington Post. Elisabeth’s article about using films as a catalyst for change was also featured on The Washington Post home page. The comprehensive, unedited version of this article is posted here. Elisabeth’s article about film viewing and couples therapy was featured in Family Therapy Magazine.

Niki Novak was interviewed by Washington Post Express to discuss important considerations about moving in with your significant other.

Elisabeth, Spencer and Niki are regularly featured experts on Huffington Post’s new newsletter, The Good Life. Each week, the Thursday edition answers reader’s questions about love and relationships. To sign up, click here.

In October, Elisabeth was interviewed by Politico about heightened politically related anxiety and media addiction. In September, Elisabeth was quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing couples therapy and divorce. In July, Elisabeth was interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about heightened anxiety levels in response to current events and volatility on social media. She was also interviewed by Huffington Post Relationships about marital betrayals other than infidelity. In June, Elisabeth was interviewed by The History Channel to discuss the 20th anniversary of the television show Sex and the City. She was also interviewed by Huffington Post Relationships to discuss why some people tend to bounce straight from one relationship to the next. In April, Elisabeth was interviewed by Huffington Post Relationships about misconceptions regarding what married couples should have in common. In March, Elisabeth spoke with Health magazine about strategies for digital detoxing and with New York Magazine about the process of ending therapy. In February, Elisabeth discussed the dynamics of emotional labor and relationship red flags that are easily overlooked with Huffington Post Relationships. In November 2017, Elisabeth was interviewed by Huffington Post Weddings to discuss what it means to re-locate for love and ways to build a meaningful Thanksgiving. In October, Elisabeth was interviewed for an article on, the popular meditation site, discussing strategies for raising self-esteem. In September, Elisabeth was quoted in The Washington Post discussing couples who adopt pets together and in Huffington Post about signs that you are in a relationship with an unsuitable partner. She also was interviewed by Cosmopolitan Magazine in Japan about love and intimacy in romantic relationships. In August, Elisabeth was interviewed by Dow Jones for Money-ish to discuss marriages with a significant age difference, and she was interviewed by Huffington Post about the signs that your spouse may be having an emotional affair. In July, she was featured in The Guardian discussing healthy ways to go through a difficult breakup and in the Psychotherapy Networker discussing the importance of respecting clients in therapy. In July, she was also interviewed by the Huffington Post to discuss important topics to address before deciding to marry. In May, Elisabeth was interviewed for an interesting HuffPo story detailing candid reasons women called off their engagements. April, Elisabeth commented for Huffington Post habits of resilience among married couples. In March, she was honored to present at the American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting. In January, Elisabeth was interviewed by the Huffington Post about things that matter less that you think when it comes to committed relationships and about what couples therapists notice in a first therapy session. In December, Elisabeth was interviewed about qualities that lead to lasting relationships and also about frequent sources of tension for couples during the holiday season. In October, Elisabeth was interviewed about reasons for constant marital conflict.


Elisabeth appeared on Fox 5 to discuss why breaking up is getting harder to do in Washington. She also appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss parenting and divorce. She was quoted in Redbook Magazine about divorce, and in Fox News Magazine about breakups.


She was also interviewed on WTOP and by Washingtonian Magazine for an article about couples and exercise and Washington Post Express for an articles about breakups cohabitation and moving in together.


We are pleased to announce that Niki Novak LMFT, Erin Katz LICSW, Laura Gologuch, Susan Driscoll and Spencer Northey LMFT are now holding office hours at a new location: 316 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

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New Music Mondays Blog

We are excited to introduce Music Mondays. Our creative and psychologically sophisticated colleague Spencer Northey LMFT will select a song each week and will give thoughts, insights and reactions to the music from a psychological perspective. Check out her intro below and circle back on Mondays for more.

Music inspires my life and my work as a therapist. The words of my favorite artists and the rhythms through which the words are expressed help me recognize and discover more about myself, my loved ones, my friends, and my clients. In my 20s I went to a sold-out concert in a football stadium.

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Elisabeth Joy LaMotte: Founder & Executive Director
Niki Novak: Director of Training & Development
Erin Katz
Sarah Spencer Northey
Susan Driscoll
Laura Golojuch

Contact Us!

  • Elisabeth LaMotte: 202-333-7424, or
  • Niki Novak: 202-596-6454, or
  • Spencer Northey: 202-656-7818, or
  • Erin Katz: 202-430-5641, or
  • Laura Golojuch: 301-541-7196, or