Cheryl Zandt, MS, NCC, Resident in Counseling

Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

Persistent worry, feeling shaky and breathless, a sense of losing control, and negative or frightening thoughts can all feel uncomfortable, confining, or even dangerous. Anxiety can seem like it has a permanent and controlling role in your life. Thankfully, effective research-based counseling treatments can significantly help to reduce anxiety and increase your sense of well-being. Learning to recognize anxious cues in your thoughts, emotions, and body and learning how to respond helpfully to them can give back so much time, energy, and choices that anxiety takes from you. I help anxious adults learn skills to help you feel better and gain confidence to deal effectively with anxiety.


New and Established Couples

When you think you know someone so well, it can be surprising and frustrating to encounter problems that interfere with your peace at home. It is totally normal to face significant changes as a couple, despite the widespread assumption that your original attraction and romance should be enough to sustain you through several decades. Letting problems linger due to embarrassment or hoping they will go away on their own delays the relief of finding a good solution and can make issues harder to work through. Frank conversations with an objective third party give you a fresh perspective and pave the way for new understandings and solutions.

Guided by research that supports the best long-term outcomes for a mutually satisfying relationship, I will help you find solutions that best fit your needs and which feel fair to both of you. Common conflicts that I help couples deal with include expectations and agreements about money, preferences for sex and intimacy, no or low sex relationships, effective communication and arguments, household roles and expectations, cultural and religious differences, relationship effects of long-term health issues of one or both partners, coping with emotional, sexual, and financial infidelity, revising shared goals through stages of life, interactions with families of origin, issues with children and parenting, fertility, finding and maintaining an ideal balance of work and free time, and celebrating special occasions in mutually enjoyable ways.


About Me

With over a decade of experience, I am a perceptive, compassionate, and collaborative counselor. Using recommended therapeutic models, I can help you feel better and live your life the way you want to be able to experience it.

After finishing an MS from Loyola University Maryland, I received National Board Certification and am currently under supervision with Michael Searby, LPC to complete a professional counseling license (LPC) in Virginia.

To accommodate busy schedules, I offer late night and weekend appointments as well as online video appointments for Virginia residents.

My rate is $120 per 50 minute session. Payment can be made by credit card, contactless payment, cash, or check.

To schedule a time with me, please email me at or leave a voice or text message at (202) 594-8982.


Insurance Information

My professional services qualify for reimbursement out of network by most insurance policies. To ensure maximum flexibility and privacy in offering services best suited to your individual needs, I do not participate in-network with insurance panels. Reimbursement rates vary based on individual plan terms, but often offer comparable rates of coverage to in-network rates. Clients receive monthly receipts with all information needed to submit for out of network reimbursement of fees paid at time of service.