About Me

Thank you for taking the first step to make a difference.
My name is Orly Katz. I am a professional counselor in MD, VA and in NE. I am also a maternal child nurse.

My passion for relationships and individual counseling stems from my life’s experience, on the job exposure and advanced continuing education.

My professional background started in the late 1970s as a nurse-midwife in Israel. In 1985, I immigrated to the USA and continued working as a maternal child nurse. Although nursing was rewarding, I felt that my work was missing a vital mental health component, that I believed was integral to a holistic approach that I wished to provide for my clients.

I later obtained an education in counseling, where I focused on relationships and couples. I facilitated support groups for new mothers, new parents, and worked with children and incarcerated women. My work with a diverse population and in different cultures taught me to accept people without judgment.

My pursuit for the most current, research based approaches motivates me to continuously take advanced classes and training, and to read and participate in forums and discussions. This ongoing learning process keeps me updated, while refining and expanding my therapeutic approach.

In my practice, I strive to provide you with the most empathetic, yet objective environment where you feel heard, respected and validated. Together, we will collaborate to customize a plan and provide you with the most tested, up to date tools and techniques to get to your desired wish. Your input and feedback are crucial to our work together.

What sets me apart from other therapists?

Style: My roles as a wife and mother, life experience as an immigrant and professional background all work together by deepening my value and respect for people. I view my clients with great perspective, which allows me to balance an empathetic technique with understanding. With this approach, I am better able to provide clients with direct and straight forward therapy. Clients tend to value this way of “not sugar coating”, or “not hiding behind the bush”.

Clients’ Comments: “This is exactly what I need.”

Specialty: Focusing on relationships and couple counseling, I am known for getting to the root of the issue faster and assisting my clients in customizing the best therapy for them, through educating them on worthwhile, tested approaches. Clients value this method of “nailing it”, or “getting it”.

Clients’ comments: “Coming here is like going to an ivy league school”.

Client Led Discussion: Together with my clients we continue to evaluate the therapeutic process. I guide my clients to set their pace and progress with confidence and trust. They feel empowered.

Clients’ comments: “It feels good, I am hopeful,” and “We have a road map--we are not going to be in therapy forever”.

I look forward to working with you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Communication Problems , Infidelity , Midlife Crisis , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Hebrew


Licensing

LCPC #LC3838 (Expires: 2021-01-01)

LPC #0701008537 (Expires: 2021-06-30)

LCPC #CP1229-R (Expires: 2022-01-01)

LPC #38-MA-MF-TEMP (Expires: 2020-12-31)

LPC #PRC15432 (Expires: 2022-12-31)


Reviews

Written by L.I. on Oct 29, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, and relationship issues

Dr. Katz is kind and knowledgeable, there's comfort in her care knowing that.

Written by M.A. on Oct 12, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Orly is easy to talk to and kind. A very supportive person who listens to you.

Written by T.Y. on Sep 23, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and anger management

Orly has been very helpful in our first two sessions.

Written by L.I. on Sep 14, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Orly is easy to talk to, offers excellent feedback and makes me feel comfortable.

Written by K.A. on Aug 24, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She is kind, respectful, and thought provoking.

Written by A.N. on Aug 08, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She's a wise person that knows how to analyze a situation. Even the pitfalls of a decision

Written by F.R. on Aug 04, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

She is amazing. Listens and responds after all informarion is laid out.

Written by T.I. on Aug 02, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Orly is amazing, and super helpful, patient, insightful, and easy to talk to. I look forward to our weekly video chats and feel grateful to have a neutral party to speak to about things that I may not want to openly discuss with family and friends.

Written by V.A. on Aug 02, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Orly is a great listener. She asks questions that allow you delve deeper into issues and get to the heart of the matter. Her ability to provide a different perspective than you might not otherwise consider was very helpful to me. I highly recommend Orly!

Written by B.Y. on Jul 31, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

Orly is amazing and patient with me. I've been with her for about 2 years I'd say and since she's my first ever therapist I really appreciate her efforts to help me with the things I need help with.

Written by A.S. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching

Orly listens to me and provides constructive ideas on how I can decrease my stress levels.

Written by J.E. on Jul 02, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is very straight forward and practical in her approach, while still super empathetic and understanding. She has expertise in a wide range of areas, so she gives great advice and I feel safe coming to her to ask for help.

Written by N.I. on May 16, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Orly has helped me tremendously by listening and providing me with actionable tools that I can use. Orly is responsive, compassionate and informative. I have enjoyed working with her and am excited for this journey of growth and self discovery.

Written by E.L. on May 12, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Orly has been great. She seems to understand my issues even when I can’t put them into words. She’s reliable, empathetic, and insightful. I feel so much better after our conversations and written communications.

Written by T.O. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Orly is very compassionate and quick learner so that I don’t need to explain same things over and over again. I like her sincere advice and feel like she has been known for some time. Very comfortable to talk to!

Written by Z.E. on Apr 30, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I personally think that she cares a lot about her clients including me. She would give me activities to divert my attention to positive things.

Written by L.A. on Mar 25, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is AMAZING!! What else is there to say? She is perfect for Me, I cannot speak as to how she would fit with someone else, but for Me, the algorithm worked well. As for her competence and expertise, to be able to dispense the clear, concise and helpful advice she gives by phone, no less, is unbelievable. Again, she is Amazing. I am very grateful to have met her.

Written by M.I. on Jan 15, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 7 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting issues

Orly is the consummate professional, flexible and insightful. I highly recommend.

Written by C.L. on Jan 09, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Orly was helpful and gave the right balance of empathy and advice.

Written by A.L. on Jan 03, 2020 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Orly is wonderful in that she is a problem solver- she wants to give you the tools to help yourself and some helpful perspective, but her end goal is that you no longer need therapy. I find that so refreshing when I have felt difficulty in making progress with other counselors.

Written by N.I. on Dec 21, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

She's very patient, understanding, and is a great listener.

Written by C.H. on Nov 26, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 10 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Absolutely amazing and helps me develop an awareness about myself that now makes me more confident In myself and how to manage certain situations.

Written by C.R. on Nov 08, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and career difficulties

Orly has been great in helping me understand boundaries and how to create them for myself. She’s also made me aware of unhealthy communication patterns that I often don’t recognize. Extremely insightful.

Written by E.R. on Oct 02, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and coping with life changes

Orly Katz is an incredible therapist who is clearly very experienced and passionate about what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking help. My first session with her definitely made me feel more optimistic about how therapy can help me see positive change in my life. Thank you, Orly!

Written by L.E. on Sep 30, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Very helpful and knowledgeable. Understands my concerns and offers relate able advice.

Written by P.E. on Sep 30, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Orly is great and is very empathetic. It was great meeting Orly! Can’t wait to continue with my therapy.

Written by B.A. on Jul 27, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Orly Katz has a good grasp of counseling techniques and knows the right questions to ask. She is friendly and willing to move in a different direction when I need to.

Written by A.N. on Jul 22, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and adhd

I feel lucky to have Orly as my counselor. She is very caring and can remember everything I said. She can often figure out the root cause after my long, tedious explanation. That's like a Ah-ha moment. Will keep in touch with her as long as I can!

Written by A.V. on Jul 09, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Orly Katz has helped me so much with my anxiety and is helping me learn to manage life’s stresses.

Written by M.O. on Mar 13, 2019 after counseling with Orly for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and career difficulties

Orly is a good listener and has provided me with good insight on myself and what I'm goin through.

Written by C.Y. on Dec 07, 2018 after counseling with Orly for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Very supportive and responds very quickly.

Written by R.A. on Oct 27, 2018 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Orly has been nothing but helpful. She is extremely knowledgeable and super easy to talk to! She has an extremely broad perspective and is able to put herself in my shoes in a way that makes me feel like I’m not speaking with a “lay on the leather couch and talk about your problems” kind of therapist. Our conversations are productive and yield results.

Written by T.A. on Sep 24, 2018 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

She was so helpful to me. Just in our first session, she made me realize something and I made some small adjustments and things so far have been working it's way up.

Written by M.Y. on Sep 14, 2018 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, intimacy-related, anger, career, and bipolar

Felt really good to talk to someone who has pretty good feedback and advice.

Written by D.Y. on Sep 08, 2018 after counseling with Orly for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Orly is a patient and understanding counselor with the admirable ability to re-contextualize my anxieties in a way that allows me to acknowledge their causes, as well as figure out how to address them.