Angela Voegele, LCSW

Couples Retreat location:  Germantown, Maryland

Angela is a clinical social worker, board-certified sex therapist,
Certified Imago Therapist, and one of five Certified Gottman Therapists on our team.

"Fly Me" Therapist*

Speaking Personally

Being a psychotherapist is my second career. Among my exciting and varied jobs, I served as assistant to the Swiss Police Attaché at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington DC, and as principal of an international Montessori school in Beijing, China.

I have fond memories of this time of my life.

My work connected me with people from around the world. We all lived an expat lifestyle. I felt passionate about helping children reach their full academic potential and conducting parent education classes. It corresponded well with my personal life as I was raising my three kids.

When my marriage fell apart after being married for 26 years just after my youngest child had left home for college, I was thrown into an existential crisis.

It was then that my passion for helping people create, improve, and nurture relationships were born. I returned to graduate school. In part, I wanted to understand what went wrong in my marriage. I focused on learning what makes relationships successful.

In addition to writing academic papers, I've had to master many new skills such as dating, co-parenting and financial independence.

It has been a long and emotional journey.

I understand the challenges of personal growth. It took time for me to feel comfortable again, and to find joy in myself, my children, and my friends. I have a greater enjoyment of life now, including the time I spend with others, and I find laughter and appreciation in nature and the simple things of life.

Couples who come to therapy are often in crisis and are dealing with issues that are preventing them from feeling:

•  “Joie de vivre” (in French)

•  “Lebensfreude (in German)

•  “A feeling of happiness or excitement about life” (in English).

My goal is to help you work towards achieving these feelings again.

In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, biking, skiing, and windsurfing, to name my most favorite ones. I've even rode elephants!

I have a long time habit of practicing yoga and meditation — time to help me digest and process my daily clinical experiences.

I enjoy staying abreast of new professional developments, as well as reading a page-turning novel.

Social time with family and friends further enriches my life.

I sincerely enjoy being a therapist. My couples share their most intimate thoughts and feelings with me. I witness their journey from being distressed and anxious to finding inner peace and a better connection with each other. That is a truly rewarding experience.

I hold my intensives in my home in Germantown, MD most of the year.  
I also work online.

Clinical Approach

Angela’s mission is to help her clients reach their full potential for growth and happiness. She takes on the role of being a guide as her clients navigate through life changes, free themselves from unwanted feelings and build on their innate potential to become balanced, satisfied and happy. Angela always keeps on the leading edge of treatment advances so that her clients get the best care available.​

I truly enjoy being a therapist. My couples share their most intimate thoughts and feelings with me. I witness their journey from being distressed and anxious to finding inner peace and a better connection with each other. That is a truly rewarding experience.

Clinical Experience

​Angela brings an international perspective to her practice, having lived and worked in many regions of the world, including the U.S., Germany, France, Samoa, and mainland China.

She has worked as a Therapist at Vesta Mental Health Outpatient Health Clinics, and at Contemporary Family Services in Germantown, MD. She has conducted mediation at the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and was a Divorce Mediator at the Frederick County Community Mediation Center in Maryland.

Angela has particular expertise in helping couples and individuals to navigate complex life transitions often associated with an international lifestyle, to address sexual health issues, and to process traumatic life experiences.

As a trained sex therapist Angela works comfortably with heterosexual and same sex couples, as well as couples who prefer an alternative lifestyle such as polyamory or want to explore less traditional sexual standards.

Advanced Training

• Gottman Certified Couples Therapy

• Certified Imago Couples and Singles Therapist through Imago Relationships International

• Certified Sex Therapist: The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)​

Postgraduate training includes:

• Sexual Health Studies at the University of Michigan

• Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Boston

• Gottman Marital Therapy Model Training: Levels I and II, Level III and in the Gottman Certification Track.

• Basic and Divorce Mediation at the Frederick Community Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center.​

Dear Dr. K,
We thought it might be nice for you to get some feedback on our retreat with Angela. Both my husband and I thought she was excellent. We have seen numerous therapist over the last three years and she by far exceeded all of our expectations. I got there on Friday with a lot of anger over our situation. By the time we left Sunday afternoon I felt free. She had a very nice way of not taking sides yet giving good strong comments and thought-provoking scenarios. She absolutely knew us when we got there and often referred to our history. 
She gave us practical tools to use for when I was very upset which included meditation, favorite songs, my partner holding me tight (with a safe word if I did not want that), breathing devices and apps to download. We had struggled with much pain and anger for almost 10 months and by the time we left we felt almost normal again with a new vision of our future and tools to use to improve our communication. Her own experience and having gone through a similar situation was also nice for me in particular. She was extraordinarily easy to talk to and also has a nice sense of humor. I was skeptical heading into the weekend but now I am so glad that we did it. recent workshop graduate.

- Recent Couples Retreat Participant

*"Fly Me" Therapists can be flown to the location of your choice.  Additional costs involved.  Contact us for more details...


Licenses

Clinical Social Worker -
Maryland: 16394

Washington DC: LC50080231

Hawaii: LCSW-3971

Florida: 14207 LCSW​


Education

Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland.​ 2010

BSW, College of Social Issues,
Germany, 1984


​Languages

Fluent in English & German

Conversational French


Evidence-based Treatment Models

of Boston founded by Dr. van der Kolk

Additional Certifications & Trainings

Board-certified Sex Therapist



Certified Therapist


Divorce Mediation Certificate

Angela assisting Drs. John & Julie Gottman at the Art and Science of Love Conference in Seattle.


Driving Time to/from - Germantown MD:

~ Washington, DC. 44 minutes

~ Baltimore, MD. 53 minutes

~ Philadelphia, PA. 2.3 hours

~ Norfolk, VA. 3.2 hours

~ Virginia Beach, VA. 3.3 hours

~ Jersey City, NJ. 3.3 hours

~ New York, NY. 3.5 hours