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  • Kate Scharff

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    Address: 5220 Elliot Rd. Bethesda, Md 20816

    Phone: (301) 641-3211
    Email: [email protected]


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    Kate is a Washington, DC area psychotherapist with 30 years of experience helping children, adults, couples and families to successfully navigate a wide range of issues, including those related to anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, infidelity, communication, intimacy, parenting and life transitions. She dedicates a significant portion of her practice to working with families going through separation and divorce; She is a seasoned divorce consultant, mediator, parenting coordinator, and Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Specialist.

    In addition to her clinical work, she teaches nationally and internationally on such topics as divorce, psychodynamic psychotherapy, parenting and alternate dispute resolution. She regularly lectures and conduct trainings for family law attorneys, for mental health professionals and for multi-disciplinary audiences. She is the author of many professional articles and book chapters, and of three books. Her latest, “Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Excellence in Practice and Outcome” (co-authored with Lisa Herrick, Ph.D.),  was released in March, 2017.  Her shorter pieces appear frequently in online and print media.

    In 2010 she co-founded the Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington. Nestled at the corner of bustling Connecticut Avenue and tree-lined Hillyer Place in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest DC, CPC is a welcoming professional space where mental health practitioners, attorneys, and financial experts maintain their private practices while sharing a vision of helping never-married, separating, and divorcing couples to restructure their families with compassion and dignity. Kate’s primary office is at the Center, but she also has offices in Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland.