Nancy Hafkin, Ph.D.

Nancy HafkinDr. Nancy Hafkin dedicates herself to the full-time practice of providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups.  She is a licensed Marriage Counselor as well as a licensed Psychologist, having received her Doctorate in Psychology from the American University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Hafkin is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and holds a certificate from the Maryland Psychological Association in Conjoint (couples) Therapy.  Instrumental in founding The Stepfamily Association of America, Dr. Hafkin has conducted research, written, and lectured on the blended family.  She co-wrote, “The Remarried Family and Infertility” which appeared in the first edition of Infertility Counseling:  A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians.  Her article, “The Difficult Former Spouse,” published in The Stepfamily Bulletin, was featured in The Washington Post.

A member of The National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists, Dr. Hafkin is President of the Mid-Atlantic Society of Group Psychotherapy, where learning is ongoing and experiential. She leads long-term psychotherapy groups and short term theme focused groups.  She has taught group dynamics and mind-body techniques, and received advanced training in Infertility at the Mind-Body Center for Women’s Health at Boston IVF.  Currently, Dr. Hafkin is a Trainee in both Psychodrama and in the application of Jungian Techniques to group psychotherapy.

Dr. Hafkin sees couples who are experiencing marital issues including:  Teaching couples about the unique stages of joining, recognizing the myths and realities of step-relationships, coping with ADHD in the family, and helping to blend different cultural backgrounds and expectations.  Articles include, “Good News for Stepfamilies,”  “Children and Sports:  A Natural Combination,” and “The Remarriage Ceremony.”  Additionally, Dr. Hafkin assists couples who are dealing with infidelity and rebuilding marriage.

A specialty is the psychological aspects of pregnancy loss and infertility.  Dr. Hafkin is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Mental Health Professional Group and co-leads the Infertility Counseling Study Group, a ten-month training class for clinicians.

Nancy works in the Bethesda office and can be reached at 301-951-9002.  Her email is

4300 Montgomery Ave, Suite 201
Bethesda, MD 20814