Marriage Friendly Therapists

Ingrid Melenbacker

Ingrid J. Melenbacker, M.EdHD, LPC, NCC

Masterful Couples of Northern Virginia

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Educated, trained, certified and experienced as a Gottman Method Couples Therapist, my commitment is to help couples build stronger friendships, manage differences respectfully, and support your hopes and dreams.

You may be wondering where the spark has gone in your relationship. Your relationship or marriage once filled your life with laughter, friendship, joy, and love, and now you may be feeling sadness, frustration, possibly even hopelessness. It is worth saving, and couples therapy can help you through this rough patch. Every individual is capable of and deserves compassion and empathy and, therefore, greater love and health in your relationships.

I work with couples who have found themselves in a troubled relationship work through and overcome:

  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy
  • Communication
  • Co-Parenting & Parent-Child Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Jealousy & Mistrust
  • Difficult Life Transitions
  • Financial Stress
  • I also have extensive experience in stepfamily transitions and in my personal life I am a stepparent.

    Certified Gottman Therapist

    My couples training and certification are from the Gottman Relationship Institute in Seattle that integrates leading-edge research on relationships into practical, down-to-earth counseling for couples.

    You will find me easy to talk to and fair minded to both of you and that my practice is seated in a non-blame based approach to your work. I look forward to hearing from you and starting on a journey of healing.

    Feel free to visit my website,, to learn more about me. You are welcome to e-mail me directly using this form, or call my office at (703) 967-5070. I look forward to hearing from you and I’m here to help.

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