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Marianne Lopez

30+ Years Exp - LCSW

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Marianne Lopez

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Marianne Lopez

Lifebulb suitcaseIcon 230+ Years Exp

  • Lifebulb LCP 2LCSW
  • kevin2 img Box36 specialities
  • kevin3 ing BoxAccepts insurance

Client Focus

  • Adolescents 13-17
  • Adults 18-64
  • Adults 65+
  • Couples
  • Family

Payment options

  • Insurance
  • Self Pay

Insurance accepted

Aetna Insurance
Anthem BCBS Insurance
Tricare East Insurance
Amerihealth Insurance
Medicare Insurance
Optum Health Insurance
Cigna Insurance
United Healthcare Insurance


Marianne Lopez

About Me

My name is Marianne Redmond Lopez. I am a regular, down-to-earth gal with a pretty good sense of humor. I am a solution-focused psychotherapist (LCSW) licensed in VA (working on other state licenses), whose goal is to help people uncover their true potential and move forward with confidence toward all of their goals. I specialize in working with individuals, couples and groups focusing on the treatment of narcissistic abuse, anxiety, depression, PTSD (trauma), grief/loss, borderline personality struggles, marriage or interpersonal relationship problems, addictions (any/all) struggles, daily life pressure/problems, peer pressure, bullying, mood disorders, domestic violence, low self-esteem or anyone in need of new ways to cope with life’s everyday challenges. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I also have a certification in tele-therapy. I am completing certifications to be Personality Disorder Specialist and Trauma Therapist. I attended VCU for my Masters, began working on the front lines as a psychotherapist at a triage style mental health clinic/hospital and social services in SWVA and the streets of DC and NOVA. Forward I have been given the opportunities of working in many different roles, providing me extensive experience working with diverse populations dealing with a myriad of issues.


Words ARE important. This was pointed out to me by a mentor years ago. I noticed a client when she felt frustrated or defensive about a situation, she immediately started saying things like, "I’m/they're just nuts." II asked my client if she heard what she was saying as the words were more bullying self/others. She looked at me and stated she hadn’t really thought about what she was saying as she was just venting. She then started crying and said ‘Why am I being so cruel to myself?’ I reviewed as how it is positive if we stay conscious of how we think and talk about self and others, as well as what words we use when talking with others. What does it mean that you describe yourself this way? How do you think of yourself in these interactions? It bears repeating: words matter. My client stated she is working on choosing hers very carefully here forward.

Starting therapy can feel like pushing a boulder up a mountain, whether that's because you are unsure what is involved or expected, or you've done it before and believe that ‘it didn’t work for me’. That's why I always try to establish a bond of transparency, trust, and genuineness that can get us through the beginning struggles of growth and change. This involves really listening to what you want and need, mutually agreeing to how this translates to a direction for our work together, and then walking together to it! To me, therapy is a team effort in which you and I play different roles. You are the active player in your life, and I am here to aid you in helping you stay on plan and increasing your abilities. We can use therapy as a practice session to develop further skills, increase your insight, and plan for how you want to approach the game of life. If you tell me something is not working for you, we explore what exactly does not fit and decide together how to fix it!

We'll spend the first part of your session reviewing paperwork and questions. Other than that, this is my first opportunity to get to know you, and for you to get comfortable with me. It's okay and completely normal to feel nervous, excited, or anything in between. I've got you. I'll guide you through this first appointment with questions and curiosities. It is my hope that you walk away from your first session with a little relief and a better sense of the kind of therapist that I am.

I fell in love with the possibility of being a therapist before I knew that it was really a job! I grew up people-watching and being fascinated by the "why’s and how’s" of the world; why do we do things, and how do we gain the information to make change? My first real job as a street therapist showed me the ability for people to explore their inner worlds through words and make meaningful growth and changes was awesome, meaningful, and inspiring! I knew I wanted to learn ways of having authentic, meaningful interactions with people, and I am glad to be able to now do it daily!


    What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

    I really try to be flexible in a "bend, don't break" kind of way in therapy. This means I am looking to work where people are most motivated, excited, or needing change first. Lots of great therapists address concerns in the way that they think makes the most sense and try to bring along folks for the ride. I try to have real discussions about how you see change and then how I can help facilitate it. I want to help you develop YOUR toolbox with the goals, plans, skills, and self-concept to meet your needs long after we stop our work together.


    What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

    In terms of treatment, I pull from a variety of modalities and theories, mostly cognitive behavioral (figuring out how we think of things and then how to think about it in a more helpful way), mindfulness practice (relaxation), and "general" talk therapy to help us figure out what's going on, why you're feeling like you need support, and how we can get you back on track. My approach is collaborative and honest to move at whatever pace you're comfortable with, while also challenging you to grow and evolve during the process. I want to be more than a "friendly listener" because I believe that your resources, most importantly your time, are important and I want to respect that to best do my job for you. I tend to be solution focused and might recommend reading a book or checking out an app.


    Explain to clients what you feel are your biggest strengths.

    It’s important for me to center myself around a few different values and coincidentally, I enjoy using value-based interventions in session. My humor, innate curiosity, openness, and sense of play all show up in therapy sessions. I strive to make genuine connections, both interpersonal and intrapersonal ones. It’s often reflected in research that therapeutic rapport between the client and therapist is the variable that predicts positive outcomes, and I believe my values allow me to use myself as the tool (in combination with the client’s natural ability to move toward themselves) that guides the client's change.


  • Academic
  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit
  • Bipolar
  • Career
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Custody
  • Depression
  • Dialectic Behavioral (DBT)
  • Divorce
  • Foster Care
  • Grief / Loss
  • Health
  • Life Adjustments
  • Life Coaching
  • Marriage
  • Medical
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic
  • Peak Performance
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
  • Self-harm
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma (PTSD)

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