Risa Ganel, LCMFT

I passionately believe that our relationships have the power to heal the world. We are born to be in relationships and when our relationships struggle everything in our lives is impacted. My mission is to help heal the world one relationship at a time; to connect people to their personal resilience and the power of connection during difficult times; and encourage a positive outlook on life.

II’m a Licensed Clinical  Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland, as well as in the District of Columbia. A graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hofstra University, I’ve been in practice since 1994, providing individual, couples, and family therapy in a variety of settings.

I have had many wonderful mentors throughout my career, which includes working directly in supervision for a year with Esther Perel (Author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs) monthly at her New York City office, as well as  a week in Tuscany, Italy training with Esther. I am currently in the process of becoming a Certified Relational Life Therapist under the guidance of Terry Real (Author of The New Rules of Marriage and I Don’t Want to Talk About It)

I’m the daughter of very entrepreneurial parents; my father, an independent accountant and my mother, a teacher. They owned several successful businesses, including two roller skating rinks, a printing company, and an accounting firm. As a child, I competed in figure skating on roller skates, which taught me self-discipline, focus, and determination. My parents taught me the values of integrity, hard work, love, acceptance, and empathy. Since we lived in Upstate New York, I also learned I could drive into the teeth of a blizzard…without flinching. So, living here in Maryland, I’ve no worries when it snows .

I’m dedicated to advancing the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy, because I believe MFTs are uniquely trained and are the most qualified as relationship experts to help individuals, couples and families with the challenges of the complexities of all relationships. As part of that commitment, I was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan, and accepted to serve as a Board Member on the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and in October of 2017 was elected Chair of the Board.  I have also served on the Board of Directors for the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1999 as Treasurer (1999-2005), President Elect (2006-2007), and President (2007-2008). I continue to support the profession of Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of Maryland to this day.

In addition, I am a wife, mother, marathon runner, and fitness enthusiast. I’ve completed the Marine Corps Marathon four times, the Disney Marathon once, and numerous half marathons.  I’m a Team In Training Mentor for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, dedicated to helping put an end to blood cancers, and my family and I have raised over $30,000 for LLS since joining them in 2009. Don’t be surprised if you see me running through the streets of Columbia with my team!

If you’d like to make an appointment with me, click Go to Booking and Fees and then Book Risa, or call 410-440-1413, and our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions and book an appointment for you.
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Maryland License # LCM033
District of Columbia License # LCMFT000066

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