Martha Rackets, LMFT

Phone: (703) 663-7964

Locations: McLean | Fairfax

Martha Rackets is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10+ years of experience serving couples and families. Martha’s masters degree along with her doctoral coursework are both specific to couples and family dynamics and communication. She works with all couples and relationships including couples who have experienced an affair, couples who are “fighting all the time”, and couples who have lost that “spark” for each other. She has also done extensive research on the use of technology and text-based communication in relationships.

Meet Martha Rackets:
“My hope for couples is that they can feel truly seen, understood, and respected in their relationship. As a couples specialist, my style is direct and active. My role is to help you make sense of situations and emotions that are complex, confusing, and hurtful. You can expect a good amount of feedback and direction from me. I help provide structure and accountability in session to ensure you are making progress and continually moving toward your goals. I always tell couples to anticipate this process will involve each of you committing to openness and honesty. Be prepared to make changes in both your behavior and in how you think. We’re looking to change patterns, heal our brains and our hearts, and reach back out for each other. I’m honored to be part of this incredible work of rediscovering and sustaining your emotional connection and intimacy.”

Education

  • Ph.D (expected 2020), Family Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • M.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky
    • Marriage and Family Therapy, COAMFTE accredited program

Trainings and Certifications

  • Certified Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor
  • Trained Instructor of Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP)
  • Love Notes: Making Relationships Work for Young Adults and Young Parents
  • RELATE Marital Assessment Tool
  • Level 1 Gottman Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couple Chasm
  • Mastering the Mysteries of Love
  • AAMFT Leadership Symposium
  • EMDR Informed Addiction Treatment
  • EMDR Levels 1 and 2
  • Post Traumatic Growth: From Devastation to Hope

Publications

  • Sexting as an intervention: Relationship satisfaction and motivation considerations. American Journal of Family Therapy (2013)
  • Exploring the impact of attachment anxiety and avoidance on the perception of couple conflict. Contemporary Family Therapy (2012)
  • Couples and computer-mediated communication: A closer look at the affordances and use of the channel. Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (2011)