Esteemed Families, LLC

“Building a better me.....”




Take the first step on your wellness journey

Esteemed Families, LLC, is an African Centered mental health agency designed to meet the therapeutic needs of children, adolescents, adults and families. African-centered therapy is a therapeutic approach that emphasizes the importance of African culture and heritage in the healing process. It is a culturally sensitive intervention that aims to help individuals improve their self-concept, cultural identity, emotional coping skills, and reduce depressive symptoms.

Esteemed Families, LLC specializes in addressing mental health problems, trauma, sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, marital and relationship problems. If you are feeling lost and struggling with these worries, I am confident I have the experience to help you rediscover what brings happiness to your life. Through therapy, there is always a way to address the issues you face and learn coping strategies to help you now and in the future.

Esteemed Families, LLC can assist you in leading a happier, more fulfilling life by equipping you with the tools you need to efficiently and confidently manage life’s challenges. In addition to being an African Centered agency, we also use other modalities such as Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other modalities to assist in the healing process. It is never too late to change and start living the life you’ve always wanted.

If you’re interested in achieving a happier and more fulfilled you, contact us today.

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Denise Montgomery is an African Centered Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Queens, New York. Ms. Montgomery attended Virginia State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work and master's degree in social work from each university, respectively. Ms. Montgomery is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a nationally recognized Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor. Ms. Montgomery has provided clinical services to residents of the District of Columbia and Prince George's County, Maryland for over 20 years. She has worked effectively with agencies that services children, adults, and families. Ms. Montgomery's specialties include working with children who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, or are managing mental health issues. She also works with adults and families who are managing exposure to trauma, sexual assaults, and mental health concerns. Ms. Montgomery has specialized training in a variety of evidenced based social work modalities to assist individual and families in achieving healthy lifestyle changes. Ms. Montgomery utilizes her experiences in working in urban communities for over 20 years to make therapy relatable, and practical for each client.

Ms. Montgomery has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams such as Children's National Hospital, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, and various government agencies. Ms. Montgomery has served on the front lines to assist in advocating for change for marginalized communities. She has served as a Field Instructor for various institutions of higher learning such as the University of Maryland, Montgomery College, Walden University, and Howard University.


Specialized Trainings

African Centered Social Work


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Gottman Family and Marital Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

Intimacy From the Inside Out (IFIO, IFS)

Play Therapy

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

Trauma Systems Therapy


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT, Washington, DC)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW, Washington, DC)

Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical (LCSW-C, Maryland)

Clinical Services

Individual Therapy

Nyansapo Learning Circles

Child & Adolescent Therapy

Ma’at Healing Circles

Couples & Relational Therapy

Consultation & Supervision

Individual Therapy

Couples and Relational Work

Couples and relational therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on helping couples improve their romantic relationships. This type of therapy can help couples explore issues in their relationship, work on their communication, improve interactions, and resolve conflicts.

Relational therapy is another type of therapy that is based on the idea that mutually satisfying relationships with others are necessary for one’s emotional well-being. This type of psychotherapy takes into account the ways in which social and familial factors relate to the relationships in a person’s life. Relational therapy aims to build an individual’s sense of self and agency, as well as patience with and trust in others. The individual will learn about boundaries, compromise, and healthy balance in relationships.

Types of Therapy

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Ma’at Healing Circles

Nyansapo Enrichment Learning Circles

The word Nyansapo means “wisdom knot” in the Akan language. The symbol is primarily associated with education, but it also represents ingenuity, intelligence, and patience, which are all qualities of a wise person. It is believed that a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal, implying broad knowledge, learning, experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends.

The Nyansapo circle provides a platform for individuals to come together and discuss books written by African authors. The circle provides a great opportunity to learn about different cultures, as well as explore themes such as identity, tradition, history, and social justice. Members can suggest books for the group to read, and discussions can take place online or in-person. Nyansapo Circle members invite guest speakers, such as authors or literary experts, to provide insights into the chosen books. Overall, the Nyansapo Circle is a wonderful way to connect with others and expand one's knowledge of the world.

Consultations & Training Offerings

Investment (Fee for Service) & Approved Insurances

Esteemed Families, LLC accepts the following insurances:

  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Evernorth (formerly Cigna)
  • Maryland Medicaid

Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services. I’d recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:

Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?

Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?

Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?

Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?


We accept cash and all major credit cards as forms of payment.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you will be charged for the full rate of the session.

Any Other Questions

Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Us

Address: 4329 Northview Drive Bowie, Maryland 20716


Phone: 202-423-0040

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Anti Discrimination Statement

Esteemed Families, LLC is an African Centered mental health agency that provides services to all people in need, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation.

Good Faith Estimate/ No Surprise Act

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical and mental health care will cost. Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.

You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.

If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit