As a therapist with more than 30 years of experience, Gail Guttman’s goals in therapy are to help clients live their lives, realize their potential and remain in positive, loving connection with their most important relationships. Most of her clients are searching to overcome their depression or anxiety in order to fully function and improve their self-esteem. Couples seek therapy to address a rupture in their connection and see if it is possible to restore, repair, heal and deepen that connection. Gail’s couples’ counseling helps each person be empowered to change their behavior in order to foster closeness. As a couples’ therapist, with a specialty in sex therapy, she offers the unique opportunity for clients to address their sexual concerns within the context of their relationship, addressing many factors that effect sexuality.
In addition to being a therapist, Gail’s passion includes helping psychotherapists become more competent and confident in practicing couples and sex therapy. She conducts ongoing consultation groups, focusing on theories relating to couples and sex therapy. In these consultation groups, cases are also discussed, providing an important support network for therapists. Gail conducts training workshops and seminars at professional associations and conferences, such as the Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Workers, Imago Relationships International, Sex Therapy U and Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. She is a Continuing Education provider for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Gwen Pearl and Gail Guttman developed a dynamic group practice more than 30 years ago. They serve the needs of individuals and couples in Washington, D.C. and Suburban Maryland. Taking the knowledge which Gwen and Gail learned about business and marketing, Gail created, with Evan Leepson, MBA, a training workshop for therapists who want to build or transform their private practice.
As an authority on couples’ relationships and sexuality difficulties, Gail was selected as a “Top Therapist” in 2009 and 2012 by Washingtonian Magazine. As a Certified Imago Couples and Singles Therapist, Advanced Imago Clinician, Certified Imago Consultant and Certified Imago Community Educator, Gail is well versed in couples therapy. Becoming a Certified Sex Therapist, Sex Therapy Supervisor, and CE provider, through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), has helped Gail be comfortable in addressing sexuality with all her clients. Additionally, training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Gestalt Therapy has assisted in shaping Gail’s philosophy. She received her MSW from Washington University, St Louis. Missouri.