Lotus Point Wellness

OUR HOLISTIC
PROFESSIONAL TEAM

Maryland License #07591

Email:
carmela@lotuspointwellness.com

Phone:
301-960-1198 ext. 700

carmela katz
MSW, LCSW-C

Couple Therapy using EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)
Individual therapy for ages 21+
Group therapy
LGBTQ+ population and all orientations served

I am happy I joined the staff of Lotus Point Wellness in the Fall of 2023. After 30-plus years of clinical practice in various settings, LPW feels like the best fit for me to nurture and guide clients in their journeys to better wellness. I am also excited to grow professionally amongst my other high-caliber and esteemed colleagues at LPW.

Sharing your deepest truth is not easy. I am honored to be a compassionate witness and experienced guide on your healing journey. Helping couples connect and develop a secure attachment is one of my most significant sources of satisfaction. 

In my career, I work from several theoretical frameworks, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (accepting what can not always change in your situation, identifying your values, and committing to living your best life) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) for accelerated healing for trauma treatment. I also combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Psychodynamic/Family Systems approach to pinpoint where we may have developed our self-esteem and unhelpful thinking style in our childhood development that may lead to anxiety or depression today or both. I help my clients challenge those cognitive distortions with concrete evidence to the contrary and positive affirmations. I work very collaboratively, so I only use methods my clients are comfortable and interested in.

In my career, I worked at several community mental health clinics. I was a clinical manager at two centers, Sheppard Pratt’s Howard County’s outpatient clinic and Village Family Network. I also created and led a student intern program on the undergraduate, graduate student, and post-graduate levels at Sheppard Pratt, where I worked for 12 years. I worked in private practices, including Psych Care and Chrysalis, and I have spent some time as a social worker for a dialysis center. I learned how important social support is in medical and emotional ways. I worked at the Jewish Social Service Agency, a secular counseling outpatient center. I was the community outreach coordinator, tripled the client population in a satellite office, and led workshops and ADHD group therapy for children. 

SPECIALITIES

    • Advanced Professional Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (one of the few evidence-based couples therapies available, a “gold standard” in couples treatment)
    • Trauma-informed treatment, including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing or other types of gentle bilateral stimulation) to accelerate healing  from trauma
    • Acceptance and Commitment therapy
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Psychodynamic/ Family Systems
    • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
    • Motivational interviewing 
    • Positive Psychology 
    • Military/Veteran/ Front Line workers’ compassionate support 
    • Divorce/break up/grief/loss
    • Life transitions
    • Lifetime membership of ICEEFT (The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)
    • Maryland Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

EDUCATION

    • University of Maryland College Park, 1987: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Dance Therapy
    • University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work: Master of Social Work, concentration clinical specialization: Employee Assistance Programs. 

CERTIFICATION

  • Imago Relationship Therapy, a conflict communication style for couples
  • Advanced Professional Training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • EMDR training at The Child Trauma Institute-Washington, DC

Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), introduced me to EFT when we met during lunchtime at a lecture she presented. The experience was impactful and life-changing for my career.

I look forward to having a complementary video consultation with you to see how I can best serve you.

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