As a therapist with more than 30 years’ experience, Gail Guttman’s goals in therapy are to help her clients live their lives, realize their potential and remain in a 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 work to restore, repair, heal and deepen that connection. Gail’s couples’ therapy helps each person become empowered to change their behavior in order to foster closeness. As a couples’ therapist specializing 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 affect sexuality.
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, The Integrated Sex Therapy Institute and the Modern Sex Therapy Institute. 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.
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.
Gail authored the chapters, Sex and Couples Therapy: Biopsychosocial and Relation Therapy, and Internal Family Systems and Sex Therapy, in Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy edited by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. published by PESI Publishing & Media. 2020. Buy the book.
Gail received her MSW Degree from Washington University, St Louis. Missouri.