Elizabeth Reed's profile on the Gottman Referral Network

Elizabeth Reed, MSW, LCSW

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

Serving Clients in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Rhode Island

Individual and Couples Therapy

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers 

I accept all major credit cards, FSA, and HSA cards.

Insurance is not accepted For Couples Therapy.

Depending on plan, you may be able to use your benefits for individual therapy.

Couples Therapy can help with: 

* Marriage Readiness (pre-marital therapy)

*Infidelity Recovery/Affairs

*Infertility/​Child Loss/Miscarriage

*Adjusting to life after Children leave the home ("the empty nest")

*Parenting Issues

*Work/Life Balance, Pandemic Stress

*Restoring Intimacy (including Sex Therapy work)

*Trauma within or affecting relationships

*High Conflict or Avoidant relationships​

Couples Therapy

All Couples Therapy is not the same!

What to look for when seeking Couples Therapy:

* Specialized Training in Couples Therapy (i.e. The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy, AASECT, Relational Life Therapy (Terry Real), etc.)

* Professional Memberships such as AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists); ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy); Gottman Referral Network (requires a minimum of level 2 training in the Gottman Method)

* Couples therapy is the majority of their work with clients.

* Non-judgemental attitudes which can be indicated by "LGBTQIA-Affirmative", "Poly/Kink/Sex Positive"

* Feeling Comfortable and Respected

*Objectivity (A therapist should never side with you OR your partner. No one should feel as if they're being ganged up on.)

*As a couple, your relationship is the "client". The perspective of a couples therapist does not identify one partner as the client or diagnose pathology in one partner.  

About Me:

  • Trained at level 2 in the Gottman Method (often considered the "gold standard" of couples therapy). 
  • Specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy 
  • Supporting Member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • Training in "Sex as a Safe Adventure through EFT"
  • LGBTQIA-affirmative
  • Sex/Poly/Kink positive
  • 24 years of experience as a therapist, working with children, families, and couples. I also have a background in mental health treatment to include ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, ASD, Bipolar Disorders, and other areas of functioning. 

I am a native of Barnesville, Ohio. I divide my time between Ohio and North Carolina, as I have grown averse to Ohio winters.

I received my undergraduate degree from West Liberty University and my Master of Social Work Degree from West Virginia University. I have experience in adoption/foster care, residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice.

I started my career as a psychotherapy generalist.  I fell in love with couples work after my first training in Sue Johnson's amazing Emotionally Focused Therapy. I then moved forward to incorporating the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and am trained at level two in the Gottman Method.  These are two complimentary techniques that give couples both the skills to conflict and communicate as well as the ability to connect through difficult times.  

After requesting your appointment, please look for a confirmation email from "Client Portal".  This email contains important documents outlining the free 15- minute call and other important information for you to know prior to us meeting.  The documents are required within 48 hours of your appointment being scheduled.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email me directly at [email protected]  

How Long does the process take? 

Every couple is different, but relationship therapy is a process, not an event.  I like to give honest and real expectations surrounding the time it may take to invest in your relationship.  Most couples wait an average of  7 years before entering therapy after signs of trouble.  These patterns are complex and require significant work inside and outside of the session. I ask that couples be prepared to commit to the time it takes to heal their specific concerns.  Just like each couple is unique, so is their process. 

When I schedule a session, what can I expect?

I am including a brief outline of how the first few sessions are conducted.

Please take a look and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions prior to scheduling.

Session 1: 

60-90 minute comprehensive assessment.​

I spend this session getting to know you as a couple, gathering your relationship history, getting an understanding of the problems that brought you to me, and inquiring about your goals for the therapy.  We will do a brief intervention to examine your conflict style and build more effective communication.  

Session 2: Individual Consultations 

90 minute session

This session is split in half with each partner having approximately 45 minutes; in accordance with my training in the Gottman Method, I ask a series of standardized questions to each partner.  While we have a no-secrets policy, this is a time for partners to be candid with their therapist about their relationship stressors.

Optional: The Gottman Relationship Assessment

You will be given the opportunity to complete the evidence based Gottman Relationship Checkup. This tool is valuable for establishing the strengths and challenges in your relationship, examining how each partner communicates, and it gives your therapist a road-map for the therapy with individualized treatment goals and interventions best suited to your needs. Additional Cost: $39 (this is billed by the Gottman Institute, not the therapist or the practice).

Session 3: 

Feedback session, review of Gottman Relationship Checkup (if selected).  

Treatment planning and examining interventions that will be beneficial to your relationship. 

If time allows, we will continue with specific communication skills and conflict management techniques.

Sessions 4 and onward:

This is where the work gets deeper.  We will begin to examine the inner workings of your relationship, the "very good reasons" that you each communicate the way you do, and how to improve your connection through Emotionally Focused Therapy and specific Gottman Interventions that are relevant to your specific relationship.  Your feedback is a powerful part of this process, and we will check in with progress and challenges at each session.  Homework may be assigned. 

Elizabeth Reed, MSW, LCSW is  independently licensed and conducts online therapy with clients in: 

Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

Please note: Ms. Reed's scope of practice does not include court testimony, parental fitness evaluations, or work with mandated clients.

In Case of Emergency:

CALL 911 or GO TO YOUR EMERGENCY ROOM for any mental health emergency.

I am a solo private outpatient practice, and I do not provide crisis or on-call services.

I am NOT available 24/7.

Please utilize the resources provided below.

Emergency Resources

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. These free resources can also offer immediate help.

All resources are available 24/7 unless indicated with an asterisk.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

(800) 799-4889

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio

(888) 628-9454

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Online Chat

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

(800) 422-4453

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-7233

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline*

(800) 931-2237

National Sexual Assault Hotline

(800) 656-4673

Planned Parenthood Helpline*

(800) 230-7526

Self-Harm Hotline

(800) 366-8288

Substance Abuse Helpline

(800) 662-4357

Veterans Crisis Line

(800) 273-8255, Press 1

GLBT National Hotline*

(888) 843-4564

GLBT National Youth Talkline*

(800) 246-7743

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ Crisis Hotline)

(866) 488-7386

The Trevor Project LGBTQ+ Online Chat

Trans Lifeline*

(877) 565-886

Contact Us

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$125-350 per session. I do not bill insurance for couples therapy as the Gottman method does not meet medical necessity, nor does it fit into insurance parameters.  I will not diagnose and treat an "identified client" as part of couples therapy, according to my professional ethics with the State Board of Social Work. 

Thank you for reaching out to me to start this journey!