About Dr. Mary-Linda Sara

PhD, LPC, LMFT, CSAT – Director

Dr. Sara is Director of the Center for Relationship Therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapist. Additionally she is an Adjunctive Professor at Virginia Tech (Northern Virginia) teaching Human Sexuality and other courses since 1986.

Dr. Sara was trained as a Sex Therapist by Hartman and Fithian at the Center for Marital and Sexual Studies, Long Beach, California, and has studied with Masters and Johnson at the Masters and Johnson Institute, St. Louis, Missouri. Since the late 1970’s, she has also studied with other leaders in the field of sexuality including Lonnie Barbach, Jospeh LoPiccolo, Barry McCarthy, Bernie Zilbergeld, David Schnarch and Pat Love, among others.

As a couples’ therapist, she was trained as an Imago Therapist in 1993 by Harville Hendrix, the author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. In 1995, she and her late husband were trained as Workshop presenters and presented over 50 workshops. She is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

In 1983, the pioneering work Out of the Shadows by Dr. Patrick Carnes was published. She has trained extensively with Dr. Carnes and has become a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor (CSAT-S). A specific part of her practice is devoted to the area of Sex and Internet Addiction/Compulsivity. (See SHARE)

Dr. Sara has been published in Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, the Journal of Imago Relationship Therapy, and the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. Professionally, she has held many leadership postionsincluding President of Virginia Assocation of Clinical Counselors and the Mid-Atlanitc Imago Relationship Therapists . She gives back to the community by sharing her expertise in the areas of sex addiction, intimacy and couples sexuality.

I believe and practice what I preach. I guide you with humor and wisdom through your communication difficulties, relationship problems and power struggles to real meaningful intimacy.

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