Welcome to our Bethesda psychotherapy practice, Crane Counseling, LLC

If you are on our couch, chances are you are suffering in some way. We will work with you to help you develop better coping strategies to more effectively understand and manage your emotions, such as anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and loss, to help you to worry less, communicate effectively with others, and to generally feel more contented with your life. We offer a supportive and warm environment where people from all cultures feel heard and understood as we work together to help you develop healthy coping skills that will allow you to work through life’s challenges.

Get to Know Me:


Cindy Crane, LCSW-C

Owner/Director and Trauma Psychotherapist

Cindy is an LCSW-C, MD #14018 with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America. Her practice focuses on teens, adults, parents and couples, struggling with cancer, illness, grief, anxiety, stress, motivation, depression, relationships, academics, career, past trauma and PTSD symptoms, as well as ADHD. In addition to her consideration of the person, Cindy also considers the person's environmental stressors, and how these may be contributing to his or her issues. In addition to talk therapy, her clinical approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, EMDR techniques for specific types of trauma reprocessing, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) techniques with couples, families, and individuals.

Prior to becoming a therapist, Cindy was a journalist and publicist for 17 years with a focus on medical, health, trauma, and issues affecting women and children. In 2005, she traveled to Thailand twice with a team of doctors, nurses and television news affiliates to cover the tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia. It was during those two mission trips she realized she wanted to work more directly with people suffering and in need on an psychological level. This decision lead to her career shift to become a trauma therapist and informs her therapeutic approach today in her therapeutic practice.

In addition to her private Bethesda-based psychotherapy practice, Cindy is also a volunteer with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Salvation Army International Disaster Relief Team, and the Montgomery County, MD Salvation Army Board. Cindy is also is a news contributor on breaking mental health issues and trends in the news. Click on IN THE NEWS to view these interviews.

Cindy is a Trained EFT Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist

EFT is a systematic map of steps and stages that understands these cycles as the underpinnings of relationship distress. EFT works well with all types of couples issues, including trauma, loss, adultery and lost emotional connections. Couples are helped to create nurturance, love and connection in their relationships, learning to identify their cycle, the emotions underlying the reactions and their parts in the dance as they come up in the session and at home. Couples learn to regulate their emotions and send clear, coherent emotional signals of their partner for healthier and happier relationship.

Cindy is a Trained EMDR Trauma Therapist

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy with bilateral rhythmic, left right stimulation. One of the key elements of EMDR is “dual stimulation” in which the client is asked to think or talk about memories, triggers, and painful emotions while simultaneously focusing on the therapist's bilateral stimuli. EMDR therapy directly affects the brain, “unfreezing” the traumatic memories, allowing the client to resolve them. Over time the disturbing memory and associated beliefs, feelings, sensations become “digested” until the client is able to think about the event without reliving it. The memory is still there, but it is less upsetting.

For more information about Cindy, her practice, or to make an appointment, please contact her directly at cindy@cranecounselingllc.com or call her at 301.370.9794.