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 Our Therapists!


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 regular 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.

Lori Klein, LCSW-C

Associate Psychotherapist 


Lori Klein is an LCSW-C, MD# 10506. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University-Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her career as a social worker and therapist, Lori has worked in rehabilitation centers, schools, and mental health clinics. During this time, Lori worked with children, teens, and young adults with physical, emotional and behavioral physical challenges, including anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and depression.

In her current practice at Crane Counseling, Lori uses an engaged and interactive approach to therapy by helping to support, educate and empower clients to achieve their goals and work toward positive change, while remaining acutely aware of how difficult it can be to talk openly about life’s obstacles.  She also has a special interest in working with individuals and their families facing and living with a cancer diagnosis. Her practice extends to people living with chronic illness, as well as dealing with grief and loss.

Lori is also a behavior coach and therapist in weight management, specifically weight loss and weight loss maintenance. In this capacity, she implements cognitive-behavioral protocols to help clients lose weight, maintain the weight loss and lead healthier lives. This framework allows her to work effectively with clients around specific issues, such as emotional eating, binge eating, affective obstacles, motivation and self-care.

Lori has always been very active in community mental health. She has volunteered and/or led projects and committees at various shelters, non-profit organizations, community service events, and fundraisers with a goal of helping the underserved access mental health services. She also served on the Board of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. She currently lives in Montgomery County with her husband and three children.

For more information about Lori, her practice, or to make an appointment, please contact her directly at Patti@cranecounselingllc.com or call her at 301.440.4303.

Patti Goohs, LGPC

Associate Psychotherapist

Patti is an LGPC, MD, #LGP6308, holding a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She has been working in this field for three years, and is currently the lead clinician at the Kolmac Clinic in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she facilitates therapeutic groups, maintains a caseload of individual clients, leads intake assessments and copious managerial functions and presents didactic sessions to educate clients and their family members on addiction. She will be eligible for her Clinical license in mid-August 2016. Patti’s practice centers upon her deep seeded belief that at the root of many problems lies the ultimate reality that life can be challenging and that sometimes problems do not seem fair or even realistic, and yet people can find themselves struggling with their own difficulties, often times not even recognizing how to quantify these emotions. Patti works comfortably with those suffering from dual diagnosis including anxiety and depression, ADD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and particularly Substance Abuse Issues and Addiction. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) in combination with Motivational Interviewing, (MI) and the Humanistic approach, she works with clients to create a change in underlying belief systems. Patti considers herself an existential thinker and recognizes the realities of life, that there may not be perfect solutions; it is in the understanding and accepting of life on life’s terms that one can begin to recover.

Prior to receiving her Masters Degree, Patti earned a BA in English Literature and nearly completed her Masters in Creative Writing from The American University in Washington, DC before marrying and moving overseas to a tiny country nestled between the Ukraine and Romania. Patti incorporated yoga and meditation as her surrounding world was both depressing and dangerous, particularly to women. Upon returning stateside, Patti had four children, and as her family grew older, Patti worked in Home-Health Care, providing medical assistance to elderly patients. She also got certified as a yoga instructor and taught at the CIA, the SEC, NASA, the FBI and The White House. Patti practices transcendental meditation and yoga, and now utilizes them in therapeutic ways, suggesting their benefits to all her clients.

Patti suggests that while the fundamental struggles in life can become overwhelming, it is essential to be able to expose the fears and anxieties that are rumbling beneath the surface in an effort to accept certain realities and indeed become comfortable with the natural progression of life. She is straightforward and sensible, and she believes in listening to the unspoken word. Patti also prescribes to meeting the client wherever he or she is in that moment, and she appreciates that personal acceptance and growth are the ultimate objective.

For more information about Patti, her practice, or to make an appointment, please contact her directly at Patti@cranecounselingllc.com or call her at 202.531.9090.