Years in Practice

10 years +


Bethesda MD 20814 - United States



Additional Expertise

Marriage and Family Therapist, Marriage Educator, Marriage/Couples Counselor, Social Worker

I Practice in

My state/province only



I Believe

Counseling for Contentment is a psychotherapy practice based on the philosophy that adults, children and families enjoy and desire contentment in their lives. Counseling can help people develop healthy relationships, communicate effectively, get their needs met and feel empowered to tackle life's many challenges AND rejoice in life's gifts. The human spirit is incredibly strong and everyone has the capability to make their life better and overcome their struggles through compassion and understanding toward themselves and others.

About Marie Caterini Choppin

I am a Master's level licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a practitioner since 1992 and in private practice since 1999. I hold licenses in the District of Columbia and Maryland. In April 2012, I received my Certification in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy which has allowed me to work with my couples to help them develop an understanding of their negative "dance", which emotions are fueling this difficulty and helping them to develop a more connected, secure, positive dance.

In February 2015, I became a new company, Lotus Point Wellness, Inc., which is a counseling and wellness practice devoted to using integrative approaches to mental wellness including yoga and nutrition services. Our underlying philosophy and orientation come from a history of growing up in many parts of the world and being with people of many nationalities and cultures who have various values, hardships and strengths. I believe that all people have the ability and desire to: create a sense of harmony and balance in their life; develop strong, secure bonds in relationships; and reach their potential with support and understanding. I assist clients in using their strengths, values and life skills to overcome their concerns, realize goals and feel contented with their lives.  My desire to help others has been the main reason I started Lotus Point Wellness, Inc. which provides services to people of all ages, and including young children, providing play therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, couples therapy and support groups along with yoga classes, therapeutic yoga and nutrition consultation and wellbeing workshops.

We create a supportive environment of empathy, trust, confidence and success when working with our clients, whether they are young children, adolescents, adults, families or couples. This allows each client to begin healing, discovering and creating their own vision for their life at their own pace and comfort level. Most clients find success and feel empowered to face their future with courage and hope.


M.S.W. (Master of Social Work), University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1992

B.A. in Psychology, College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in 1985

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, awarded April 2012

Marie regularly attend workshops, seminars and conferences to stay abreast of current research, theories and therapeutic techniques and participates in a weekly peer consultation group and a monthly Family Therapy Peer Group to get support and guidance from other experienced clinicians in the field.


Vice-President of Development - GWSCSW - 2012 - 2014

Co-Chairperson, Continuing Education Committee - GWSCSW - 2012-2014

Board Member-At-Large - GWSCSW 2010-2011

Chairperson, Continuing Education Committee - GWSCSW - 2010-2012


Since 1992, I have worked in a variety of settings, including a local Youth Services organization, CPC Health (a non-profit organization specializing in outpatient clinical work with adults, children and families) and in an independent school as a Middle and High School counselor. In all her experiences, she has gained knowledge, respect and a sense of awe over the human spirit and it's ability to survive amazing hardships. Marie has worked with hundreds of families and children in Montgomery County, MD helping them work through their difficulties in parenting, communication, anger management, stress management, motivation, depression, anxiety, worries, academic and career struggles and past trauma.

Throughout my career, I has developed programs for the community which are oriented towards families and children including bullying workshops, parenting classes, social skills groups, New Mothers groups and health and wellness classes for Middle and High School students. This has provided her with much satisfaction since she knows how much the community has given to herself and her family.

Therapeutic Techniques Used

I use an eclectic mix of therapeutic techniques depending on the situation or problem with which the client, couple or family presents. These techniques include cognitive-behavioral therapy, insight-oriented therapy, emotionally-focused couple therapy, attachment-based therapy (dyadic developmental psychotherapy), art and sand tray therapy, use of relaxation and mindfulness techniques and psycho-educational information, as needed. These techniques work well together to help clients establish stability, develop healthy relationships, manage difficult emotions, develop a positive self-image and feel contented and accepting of themselves and their life.

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