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Emily Cook Therapy LLC

Ceremony Officiant + Premarital Counselor = A Unique and Personal Wedding
6917 Arlington Rd, Suite 226, Bethesda, MD 20814
240-424-5328
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4.9
29 Reviews
Jean
10/14/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I think another review has already said this, but working with Dr. Cook was literally the best money and time we spent on our wedding, because we were able to focus on why we were doing all of this in the first place: the marriage and the relationship. Dr. Cook is both a licensed therapist and a licensed officiant. This dual service is pure gold. She offers a variety of packages that are flexible and accommodating. We chose to complete a series of pretty intense pre-marital counseling sessions loosely following a curriculum, plus Dr. Cook's officiating services at our wedding. The sessions helped tremendously, and it was very meaningful and calming to have her present on the wedding day. She worked with us to craft an entire ceremony that felt meaningful and balanced to both of us, took care of some of the details I never even considered (printing out vows and readings in large type on heavy card stock, for example, so we didn't have to carry anything) and was a lovely presence the day of. Dr. Cook helped us make some big decisions about merging our lives together. She is not overly directive, but I really appreciated that she was able and willing to give our conversations and decisions some direction when needed. HUGE bonus that she offers a variety of weekend appointments. It really helped us tremendously to avoid rush-hour traffic and be calm and focused when we got to her office. We have no regrets and a lot of benefits from working with Dr. Cook. Truly the best money spent.
Mary
9/3/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
No matter what combination of services you are looking for, Emily is fabulous and we cannot recommend her enough. We did the Prepare and Enrich program with Emily as well as ceremony planning and officiating. We are still receiving compliments regarding Emily's words and officiating.
Michelle
3/4/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Emily was so easy to talk to and did a great job of asking us questions to get us thinking and discussing various topics. We didn’t feel like she was telling us what to think, but instead introduced various options and perspectives from her considerable experience to ensure that we were aware of the challenges in marriage, and had skills to meet them. Emily wrote and performed a lovely ceremony, one well suited for us and our families.
Kelly
10/22/16
Categories: Officiant, Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Emily Cook provided five sessions of premarital counseling and served as the officiant for our wedding. Over the course of the sessions, we developed a good relationship with her as she learned about us and we learned more about each other and her style of communicating and working together. The counseling sessions helped us ask important questions and work through their solutions before we faced them in our marriage. Emily used a lot of metaphors when we discussed certain topics (like conflict, anxiety, etc), which made these intangible ideas into something we could both relate to, understand together, and refer back to as they come up in our marriage. We also deepened our connection by improving our communication skills. By the time our wedding came, she knew us well enough to help us design a ceremony that fit us perfectly. Emily was a calming presence the day of the wedding and even stepped up to help out when one of our ceremony activities didn't go as planned. Emily's personality is warm, friendly, approachable, and professional, and our experience with her was very personal and fulfilling. We HIGHLY recommend Emily to anyone looking for a personalized, and extremely positive experience leading up to/on their special day.
Lindsay
9/24/16
Categories: Officiant, Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We are so happy that we booked with Emily! I wasn't sure about fitting premarital counseling into our busy schedules, but Emily offers Sunday and evening hours which was SO helpful. She is a very intelligent, thoughtful and helpful therapist. She was easy to communicate with in email. phone and in person. Emily provided a beautiful wedding ceremony - I could tell in her welcoming words to our guests that she had truly listened and gotten to know us to be able to provide such kind words. Overall, we highly recommend Emily for premarital counseling and officiating your wedding!
User7126627

Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We decided we wanted to take premarital classes before getting married and since neither one of us is affiliated with a church we looked into marriage counselors. We saw that Emily Cook Therapy offered the Prepare/Enrich program and had excellent reviews. Hands down, this is the best wedding-related decision we made! Emily Cook was our counselor/officiant and not only guided us through the premarital program, but listened as we navigated our first big decision together - moving! I recommend any couple getting married go through the Prepare/Enrich program and Emily is an excellent facilitator. As an officiant, Emily sat down with us to construct a ceremony that felt authentic to us and included both Christian and Buddhist prayers. We chose to write our vows and she helped us with that process as well. It was important to us to have an officiant who knew us and could speak to us as a couple on our wedding day. Emily met this mark and delivered a beautiful personal message! She also put together and delivered an album of our ceremony. It will be so nice to go back and re-read our ceremony and vows in the years to come!
Sara
7/2/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I found Emily through Wedding Wire as I was looking for an officiant who offered premarital counseling. My husband and I found the counseling sessions very helpful and still use some of the tactics Emily suggested. When it came to the ceremony planning, Emily met with us to discuss what we wanted to have read, then she used our ideas and built on them to create a perfect ceremony. Emily is responsive, kind, caring, and a wonderful writer; I highly recommend her!
Erin
6/4/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Emily helped make our wedding ceremony perfect for us. We felt connected to her after participating in sessions, which were even more beneficial than we anticipated. She worked with us to make our ceremony very personal and meaningful.
Rachael
5/7/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I knew that I wanted an officiant who would be able to get to know us and speak from the heart during our ceremony and make it personal and meaningful to us. When I discovered Emily, and saw that she provided premarital counseling in addition to officiant services, I thought that was the perfect plan for us. I think that having some sort of premarital counseling is important, whether it's coming from a religious source or not, and we found it to be a great experience. From our first session with Emily, she immediately made us feel comfortable. Both my husband and I are somewhat shy and we both found it very easy to talk with her and open up about our relationship. After only 2 sessions, she was able to create a perfectly simple, but sweet (not cheesy) and personal, ceremony, which was exactly what we were looking for. She was always extremely well composed and professional, and I loved her calm demeanor on the wedding day. We loved working with her and would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant!
User4940347

Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Using Emily for premarital counseling and as our officiant was the absolute right call and made our wedding day even more meaningful. Our five sessions of premarital counseling let my husband and I take a hard look at our relationship now and what we might face in the future, and helped us focus on the marriage we were about to build even in the middle of the chaos of wedding planning. We worked with Emily to plan the ceremony, and her help was essential. She was able to explain the different parts of the ceremony, give us recommendations on what to include and how to structure it, and she was incredibly helpful in drafting the ceremony and responding to our thoughts and edits. I would - and do already! - recommend premarital counseling to any engaged couple, and in particular I recommend Emily.
Kris
8/8/15
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Emily did an outstanding job as our wedding officiant. More importantly, the time we spent working with Emily leading up to our ceremony provided us insight into our unique personalities and the strengths and weaknesses that we each would bring to our marriage. With Emily's guidance we examined key subject areas that were specifically important to our relationship situation. She worked with us to develop a wedding ceremony that fit us perfectly!
Cindy
6/19/15
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Dr. Emily Cook is outstanding! My husband and I were seeking a non-religious officiant who we could get to know and he/she could get to know us before the big day so that our ceremony would have a personal touch. We were extremely happy when we happened upon Dr. Cook's website. My husband and I completed a pre-marital counseling program which allowed us the opportunity to work with and get to know Dr. Cook. Our ceremony was personal and professional. We highly recommend Dr. Cook for both counseling and as an officiant.
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Officiant
What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD
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