Introducing Angela Voegele, LCSW
Angela is a clinical social worker, board-certified sex therapist, Certified Imago Therapist, and one of the many Certified Gottman Therapists on our team.
Angela holds her intensive at a hotel of your choice in Rockville, Maryland, McLean/Tysons Corner in Virginia, or Charlottesville, Virginia. Couples are required to book a one bedroom suite for the duration of the intensive.
Also offering an intensive marriage retreat online.
Fluent in German & English. Conversational French.
MSW, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2010
BSW, College of Social Issues, Germany, 1984
Clinical Social Worker -
Washington DC: #LC50080231
New Jersey: #LCSW-44SC05802700
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"Our relationship was very close to ending. Our core issue involved intimacy and the ability to communicate about intimate feelings. I was desperate to save my marriage.
Years ago we tried traditional couples therapy and were frustrated at the length of time invested and the lack of success.
My wife chose your organization mainly because of the intensive weekend format and the direct approach. You are also well regarded by other counselors.
The specific issue causing our problems was confronted immediately. Both of us were assisted with a way to discuss the problem and come up with a plan of action. I am confident that we are moving forward together as a couple.
Angela was extremely easy to talk to about the most intimate of issues. She offered frank caring advice. She is an extremely considerate person.
The format allows a couple to “get down to business” and quickly focus on the problems. Angela has great expertise and provides practical advice.
I feel closer to my wife, there is virtually no tension when we talk, and we make passionate love."
"Angela Voegele has a calming presence and is dedicated to addressing all the issues and bringing you closer together. I appreciated that she recommended reading and ways for us to keep up the momentum, acknowledging the fact that things may change at home in "real life" rather than being caught up in a few focused days. Now I am learning to appreciate my husband like I did way back in the beginning; ensuring we are both communicating our needs and feelings on a regular basis; re-igniting our attached and loyal relationship rather than living separate lives. I think without it, we would have gone through with an unnecessary, costly, divorce and thrown away a lifetime of future togetherness with our family. We will not be divorcing; we have begun to heal and have started to restore the Loyalty phase of our relationship that had broken in the first place. Thank goodness my husband didn't give up on me and finally agreed to this retreat. We both feel forever grateful that we just decorated the Christmas tree together with our family rather than apart, in different homes..."
"Dear Dr. K,
We thought it might be nice for you to get some feedback on our retreat with Angela. Both my husband and I thought she was excellent. We have seen numerous therapist over the last three years and she by far exceeded all of our expectations. I got there on Friday with a lot of anger over our situation. By the time we left Sunday afternoon I felt free. She had a very nice way of not taking sides yet giving good strong comments and thought-provoking scenarios. She absolutely knew us when we got there and often referred to our history.
She gave us practical tools to use for when I was very upset which included meditation, favorite songs, my partner holding me tight (with a safe word if I did not want that), breathing devices and apps to download. We had struggled with much pain and anger for almost 10 months and by the time we left we felt almost normal again with a new vision of our future and tools to use to improve our communication. Her own experience and having gone through a similar situation was also nice for me in particular. She was extraordinarily easy to talk to and also has a nice sense of humor. I was skeptical heading into the weekend but now I am so glad that we did it."
I bring an international perspective to my practice, having lived and worked in many regions of the world, including the U.S., Germany, France, Samoa, and mainland China.
My mission is to help my clients reach their full potential for growth and happiness. My role is a guide as my clients navigate through life changes, free themselves from unwanted feelings and build on their innate potential to become balanced, satisfied, and happy. I always try to keep on the leading edge of treatment advances so that my clients get the best care available.
I truly enjoy being a therapist. My couples share their most intimate thoughts and feelings with me. I witness their journey from being distressed and anxious, to finding inner peace and a better connection with each other. That is a truly rewarding experience.
I have worked as a Therapist at Vesta Mental Health Outpatient Health Clinics, and at Contemporary Family Services in Germantown, MD. I've also conducted mediation at the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and was a Divorce Mediator at the Frederick County Community Mediation Center in Maryland.
I have particular expertise in helping couples and individuals to navigate complex life transitions often associated with an international lifestyle, to address sexual health issues, and to process traumatic life experiences.
As a board-certified sex therapist, I work comfortably with heterosexual and same sex couples, as well as couples who prefer an alternative lifestyle such as polyamory or want to explore less traditional sexual standards.
Additional Certifications & Trainings
Board-certified Sex Therapist
Being a psychotherapist is my second career. Among my exciting and varied jobs, I served as assistant to the Swiss Police Attaché at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington DC, and as principal of an international Montessori school in Beijing, China.
I have fond memories of this time of my life.
My work connected me with people from around the world. We all lived an expat lifestyle. I felt passionate about helping children reach their full academic potential and conducting parent education classes. It corresponded well with my personal life as I was raising my three kids.
When my marriage fell apart after being married for 26 years just after my youngest child had left home for college, I was thrown into an existential crisis.
It was then that my passion for helping people create, improve, and nurture relationships were born. I returned to graduate school. In part, I wanted to understand what went wrong in my marriage. I focused on learning what makes relationships successful.
In addition to authoring academic papers, I've had to master many new skills such as dating, co-parenting and financial independence.
It has been a long and emotional journey.
I understand the challenges of personal growth. It took time for me to feel comfortable again, and to find joy in myself, my children, and my friends. I have a greater enjoyment of life now, including the time I spend with others, and I find laughter and appreciation in nature and the simple things of life.
Couples who come to therapy are often in crisis and are dealing with issues that are preventing them from feeling:
• “Joie de vivre” (in French)
• “Lebensfreude (in German)
• “A feeling of happiness or excitement about life” (in English).
My goal is to help you work towards achieving these feelings again.
In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, biking, skiing, ￼and windsurfing, to name my most favorite ones. I've even rode elephants!
I have a long-time habit of practicing yoga and meditation — time to help me digest and process my daily clinical experiences.
I enjoy staying abreast of new professional developments, as well as reading a page-turning novel.
Social time with family and friends further enriches my life.
I sincerely enjoy being a therapist. My couples share their most intimate thoughts and feelings with me. I witness their journey from being distressed and anxious to finding inner peace and a better connection with each other. That is a truly rewarding experience.
I hold my intensives in my home in Germantown, MD most of the year.
I also have worked online for some time now.
Recent Lectures and Seminars
The Art & Science of Love - Given regularly
Angela assisting Drs. John & Julie Gottman at the Art and Science of Love Conference in Seattle.
Sexual Health Studies at the University of Michigan
• Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Boston
• Basic and Divorce Mediation at the Frederick Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center.
• Certified Imago Couples and Singles Therapist through Imago Relationships International
• Certified Sex Therapist: The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Driving Time to / from - Germantown MD:
- Washington, DC. 44 minutes
- Baltimore, MD. 53 minutes
- Norfolk, VA. 3.2 hours
- Virginia Beach, VA. 3.3 hours
- Jersey City, NJ. 3.3 hours
- New York, NY. 3.5 hours